Michigan State University has been a major supporter of the Blantyre Malaria Project since its inception.
We are more confident about defeating malaria than we have been in a long time. Deaths have drastically fallen over the past 15 years. This is partly due to researchers knowing how malaria kills patients and partly due to researchers developing new medications that allow patients to live with the condition. In fact the World Health Organization today released confirmation that elimination of malaria in 35 countires by 2030 is achievable. Furthermore, WHO estimates that 21 countiries are in a position to eliminate the local transmission of malaria by 2020, including six countires in Africa. While there is good news to share about this foe, we must continue new research into additional effective treatments.
While the world waits for a vaccine against the ancient disease malaria, Terrie E. Taylor is working to save the lives of children who are currently afflicted by the deadliest form of the disease.
Taylor, MSU University Distinguished Professor of internal medicine and an osteopathic physician, will use an $8.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health to build on her groundbreaking research that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015.