Keynote speaker: Chris Hentschel (Medicines for Malaria Venture)Presented by The Malaria Research Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and by the New York Academy of Sciences
Reported by Marilynn Larkin | Posted January 18, 2008
Malaria is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the world, causing 300 to 500 million infections annually and between 1 and 3 million deaths, mostly among children. Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria—that's 2000 lives lost per day.
Ninety percent of malaria's victims live in Africa, where the disease spawned by P. falciparum accounts for about one in five of all childhood deaths (Rugemalila et al, 2006). The fact that malaria continues to exact a terrible toll in less developed nations despite near eradication in developed countries provided the impetus for the creation in 2001 of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI).
To help promote cooperation among the various entities now working to combat malaria, JHMRI and the Academy cosponsored a meeting on October 24, 2007 focusing on recent developments in vaccine research.
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