University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control

Our researchers remain committed to keep researching malaria despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed life as we know it.

The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) is a fully integrated, trans-disciplinary and interfaculty initiative. The aim of the Institute is to coordinate and promote collaborative research on safer and sustainable malaria control and management strategies, and to generate new knowledge and support new activities pertaining to safe malaria control in Africa. 


Watch three of our researchers share some of our approaches and contributions to help attain malaria elimination...

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These four graduates from the Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory (M2PL) research group in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology were conveyed at the May Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences graduation ceremony. From left to right (in the photo). Dr Janie Duvenhage, Dr Rudi van Wyk, Dr Hilde von Grüning, Prof Lyn-Marie Birkholtz (supervisor), and Dr Jessica Connacher have made important contributions towards the parasite drug resistance challenge, under mentorship of Prof Lyn-Marie Birkholtz, SARChI Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control. In addition, four MSc and six Hons degrees were also conveyed.


*The UP ISMC recognises the importance of using insecticides for malaria control, but also the necessity of finding safer alternatives to protect the lives and livelihoods of people living in areas where these insecticides are used.

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