This year the World Vaccine Congress is supporting the World Malaria Day, established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly. The purpose of the day is to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.
The theme of this year is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria“. The idea is to promote awareness of the need to keep up investment in malaria to maintain the progress to fight against this disease.
Malaria has become a priority on the global agenda in the past decade, which has seen a 20% reduction in malaria deaths worldwide. Despite this progress, however, half of the world’s population is still at risk of malaria infection, which is responsible for more than 650,000 deaths a year. For an overview of the global international action taking place visit the World Malaria Day website.
The latest Research in Malaria Vaccine was also discussed at the Wold Vaccine Congress this April. Col Christian Ockenhouse Director of the Malaria Vaccine Development (USA Malaria Vaccine Program), presented the latest advancements in malaria vaccine production.
Col. Ockenhouse suggests that objectives for stopping malaria via a vaccine can be to prevent infection, lessen disease or block transmission. He is working on vaccines that are aimed at preventing the parasite from entering the liver. Whole organism and subunit-based vaccine approaches are being used. Read more about his presentation here
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