The Global Health Group of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), co-secretariat of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network, has received a $15 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a pioneering effort to help nearly three dozen countries eliminate malaria within their borders.
Director of the UCSF Global Health Group Sir Richard Feachem, KBE, FREng, DSc(Med), PhD, welcomed the news by highlighting the Gates Foundation as being “at the forefront of worldwide efforts to accelerate malaria elimination”.
“Ninety-three countries have eliminated malaria since 1900, and we have recently seen unprecedented momentum in the 100 countries with remaining transmission,” Feachem said.
“We and our partners across the globe will do everything possible to continue this remarkable progress towards global eradication. Our priority is to ensure that the 34 eliminating countries have the resources, policies, and tools to free themselves from malaria.”
Lead investigator of the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative Dr Roly Gosling, MD, PhD, says one of the major threats to malaria elimination is that people can be infected with parasites and pass on the disease, but not be sick enough to seek treatment.
“With this new grant, we will launch a series of innovative studies with eliminating countries in Africa and Asia Pacific that will find ways of detecting and treating people with asymptomatic malaria” Dr Gosling said.
The UCSF Global Health Group serves as Joint-Secretariat of APMEN, and will continue to work with the fourteen countries in the Asia Pacific region that are part of APMEN, which aims to collaboratively address the unique challenges of malaria elimination in the region through leadership, advocacy, capacity building, knowledge exchange, and building the evidence base, particularly for Plasmodium vivax malaria.
Read the full press release here.