Education and Leadership Development

Preparing and inspiring the next generation of scholars and leaders is an essential component to achieving a malaria free world. To address this challenge, Harvard University has established major educational and training activities focused on malaria.

Science and its Translation

Current tools to combat malaria have yielded tremendous progress, but more remains to be done to meet the aspiration of eradication. It is critical to develop new tools that can be deployed rapidly to affected areas for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Strategic Decision Making

In order to make sound public health decisions, clinical evidence is essential. We must synthesize an array of different types of information from diverse sources, to produce the best estimates of the health consequences and economic costs of different interventions and programs.

Organizations and Operational Performance

Access to health technologies continues to be a key obstacle for endemic countries in the fight against malaria. Inefficient interfaces between the public and private sector keep health systems from functioning effectively.

Communications and Advocacy

Communication and marketing strategies have played crucial roles in achieving major progress against malaria, with the tangible symbol of the insecticide-treated bed net providing a powerful marketing tools, such as – “$10 buys a net and saves a life.”

Innovation Fund

Defeating Malaria’s Innovation Fund supports innovative and evidence-based practices, programs, and strategies that significantly advance the fight against the disease.


Achieving a malaria-free world

Together with the global health community, Harvard University is committed to helping achieve the vision of a malaria-free world. Leveraging the breadth and depth of expertise of Harvard’s students, faculty, and alumni, the university has established a new cross-school initiative — Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe. Learn more

Why Public Health?


In the series “Why Public Health?” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students and alumni talk about what drew them to the field. Selasi Dankwa, PhD ’15, took an early interest in infectious diseases like malaria and cholera, a part of everyday life in her home country of Ghana. She came to Harvard Chan School to study the malaria parasite in the lab. Now she envisions taking her skills and knowledge and returning to Ghana to “make a difference.”


Get Involved

Malaria stands at an inflection point. As we begin working on defeating malaria, we need you – and others like you – to contribute meaningfully to the fight against this terrible disease and support the path to elimination and eradication.

Get involved with Defeating Malaria through research and employment opportunities, courses, events, on campus and virtual discussions. Together we will translate knowledge into action.

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News & Events


Student Travel Fellowship

Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative will offer travel awards to outstanding masters or doctoral students conducting field research in malaria in 2014-2015.

Mob Malaria video

Mob Malaria – Watch video

On World Malaria Day 2014, hundreds of students worldwide took part in an audio-guided flash mob called Mob Malaria. Watch the video.

Perrine MArcenac

A passion for science – and fighting malaria

In an interview with HSPH News, PhD candidate Perrine Marcenac discusses her research on mosquito biology and the interplay between reproduction and immunity in Anopheles gambiae, the primary vector for malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa.