Every year, malaria kills half a million people and infects over 200 million people; a third of the world is at risk of contracting this disease transmitted by mosquitoes. The majority of the victims are children under the age of five living in Africa.
Current interventions, such as drug treatments, bed nets and insecticide spraying, have helped to lower the burden of malaria but have not been able to eradicate the disease in many countries.
At Target Malaria, we believe that we can find solutions to fight this preventable and treatable disease so that it stops destroying lives, families, economies and countries. We are researching genetic technologies to find new approaches to controlling malaria, focusing on reducing the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease.
Prof. Austin Burt, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences