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.


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, education, on campus events, and virtual discussions. Together we will translate knowledge into action.

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Defeating Malaria at Harvard: Making a Difference

Harvard is a global university, dedicated to creating new knowledge and to educating leaders. Across the University, Harvard faculty, students, and collaborators are working to advance biomedical research and innovation, and improve our understanding of the global impact of malaria through Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Initiative.

Students Work To Defeat Malaria

The Harvard Malaria Competition seeks to raise awareness across the University to defeat malaria. This annual $10,000 prize-based activity is  sponsored by the MCJ Amelior Foundation, Malaria No More, and Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria initiative. This year’s winners aim to raise awareness by using social media, playing a live-action game simultaneously with students across the country, and utilizing a photo-sharing campaign to spread the word about malaria. Learn more about these initiatives!

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.