"There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer."
— Bill Gates

Malaria vector (mosquito) feeding
Malaria vector (mosquito) feeding
Malaria parasites under a microscope
Malaria parasites under a microscope
Traditional mud huts in a malaria endemic area
Traditional mud huts in a malaria endemic area

Welcome to the UP Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control


2nd SA Malaria Conference ~ Click here
"Malaria in Pictures" entrees ~ Click here
Abstract submission is closed. BUT... Competition winner: Ms Adele Jacobs
You may modify your abstracts until 19 May 2016! Photo title: Malaria Education towards Elimination 
 

- Adele is an MSc studentin the Department of Early Childhood Educationat the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria.

- Adele is also a Foundation Phase school teacher.

- The photo shows a child in Adele’s classroom busy drawing the mosquito's life cycle as part of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for English and Life skills.

~ Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy A3.

 

The main UP CSMC site is still undergoing some maintenance and updating work. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

Malaria is a complex parasitic disease confined mostly to tropical areas and transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. According to the World Health Organization fact sheet of 2014, there were 198 million cases of malaria worldwide with an estimated 584,000 deaths in 2013.1 Most of these deaths (90%) occurred in sub-Saharan Africa of which 77% were in children younger than 5 years of age. Malaria-endemic countries are faced with high cost of prevention and treatment of the disease.  

An urgent need exists for research and surveillance in many malaria areas to eliminate malaria with the use of an integrated management approach, including safer alternatives to DDT. Support is needed for continued development of new technologies and strategies as sustainable alternative malaria control methods. The battle to control malaria is largely based on two strategies: control of the vector mosquitoes, and control of the malaria parasite. At the same time novel approaches to secure community disease awareness and support for public health campaigns are also important and will enable communities to contribute to an integrated management approach.  

The University of Pretoria Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) is a fully integrated, multidisciplinary, interfaculty initiative. The aim of the Centre is to coordinate and promote collaborative research on safer and sustainable malaria control and management, and generate new knowledge and support new activities pertaining to safe malaria control in Africa. This is achieved through fundamental and applied research supported by research collaboration with regional, national and international partners. The Centre has adopted the ‘One Health’ approach towards outcomes of improved health, adopting integrated strategies that include social, cultural, economic and ecological dimensions that bring added value for human-, animal- and environmental health. The research activities of the UP CSMC are aligned with the National Department of Health’s goal to eliminate malaria in South Africa by the year 2018. 

The UP CSMC is a Medical Research Council (MRC) Collaborating Centre for malaria research. Collectively the network of Collaborating Centres will provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise malaria research efforts to achieve common goals; and promote collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.

1World Malaria Report Fact Sheet, 2014; Global Malaria Action Plan, 2008

 
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