When asked about the deadliest creatures in the world, thoughts often turn to sharks, snakes or even lions. But the list is topped by a tiny, buzzing insect that packs a powerful punch: the mosquito, which transmits parasites that cause malaria, one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.
According to the World Health Organization, there has been tremendous progress in controlling malaria, but that that progress has stalled and numbers have increased. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of 5 million cases over 2015. Nearly half a million people died of malaria.
But, together, we can change that.
Today (April 25) is World Malaria Day. The theme is “Ready to Beat Malaria,” which underscores the collective responsibility and commitment of the global malaria community in bringing together people working toward a world free of malaria.
At IDRI, we join WHO and organizations to continue progress towards ending malaria. We are collaborating with a number of partners to provide adjuvants for malaria vaccine candidates. Just last month, we announced our role in advancing a promising vaccine to prevent transmission of malaria. And we’re providing adjuvants for another malaria vaccine candidate, soon to move into clinical trials. (This week — April 24-30 — also happens to be World Immunization Week, helping people understand the important role that vaccines play in improving public health.)
Are you ready to beat malaria? We are.