Yes, I will help defeat malaria



What if the deadliest animal on the planet could be wiped out? Mosquitos carrying parasites spread malaria, a disease that killed nearly half a million people in 2015 alone. Almost half of the world’s population—roughly 3.2 billion people—is at risk of being infected with malaria, and 70% of deaths are children under the age of five. No child should die of malaria.

Harvard is a global university, dedicated to creating new knowledge and to educating leaders. The University’s involvement in malaria dates back nearly a century to when malaria was studied in Liberia and the Belgian Congo as part of the Harvard Expedition. Harvard chemists also worked on quinine — the first anti-malarial drug ever produced. Across the University, Harvard faculty, students, and collaborators are now 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.






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