April 25, 2007
Malaria Awareness Day
President George W. Bush has declared April 25 as Malaria Awareness Day—a day African nations have observed as Africa Malaria Day since 2000. The day serves as a reminder of the global impact of the disease, particularly in Africa, where 90 percent of all malaria infections occur.
Every year, between 300 and 500 million people are infected with malaria, resulting in over 1 million deaths annually. Every 30 seconds, a child dies from malaria.
The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI) was founded as a state-of-the-art research facility that would mount a broad program of research to treat and control malaria, develop a vaccine and find new drug targets to prevent and cure this deadly disease. You can learn about JHMRI's efforts at the links below.
Building Robust, Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes
Take a video tour of the JHMRI laboratory where transgenic mosquito research is conducted.
Johns Hopkins Malaria Reasearch Institute researchers Gary Posner and Theresa Shapiro have cured malaria-infected mice with single shots of a new series of potent, long lasting synthetic drugs modeled on an ancient Chinese herbal folk remedy.
Rebekah Kent, a recent graduate of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, describes her work with JHMRI in the village of Lupata, Zambia.
Phil Thuma, executive director the Malaria Institute at Macha, reflects on the challenge of fighting malaria in rural Africa and the promise of new artemisinin-based treatments.