Bill Gates’ speech to the Malaria Summit in London

In April, Bill Gates addressed the Commonwealth Heads of Government 2018 Malaria Summit in London, raising the point that although great progress has been made in the fight against this disease, there is still much to do. The Malaria Atlas Project’s work is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and our Africa cube … Continued Read More

Accessibility to Cities

The Malaria Atlas Project (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) is proud to release the global map of accessibility to cities for the year 2015. This map, created in collaboration with researchers at Google, the Joint Research Centre of the European Union, and the University of Twente (Netherlands), is the result of multi-year project to characterize travel time to cities using cutting-edge computational capacity available via Google Earth Engine in conjunction with global datasets of unparalleled quality. Read More

Quantifying the contribution of Plasmodium falciparum malaria to febrile illness amongst African children

Although the prevalence of fever amongst African children is around 30%, only 10% of these fevers (and 28% of malaria-positive fevers) are actually directly attributable to malaria infection due to the high prevalence of non-malarial febrile illnesses. Suspected malaria cases in Africa increasingly receive a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) before antimalarials are prescribed. While this … Continued Read More

Modern housing associated with reduced malaria risk in sub-Saharan Africa

Modern houses—with metal roofs and finished walls—are associated with a more than 9 percent reduction in the odds of malaria in children in sub-Saharan Africa when compared to more traditional thatched houses, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine by Lucy Tusting of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and colleagues at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Durham University and the University of Southampton. Read More

Malaria in Africa halved in 15 years

Since the year 2000, a concerted campaign against malaria has led to unprecedented levels of intervention coverage across sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding the effect of this control effort is vital to inform future control planning. However, the effect of malaria interventions across the varied epidemiological settings of Africa remains poorly understood owing to the absence of reliable surveillance data and the simplistic approaches underlying current disease estimates. Read More