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Tragically, every two minutes a child dies from malaria. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Your gift today will help us get back on track to achieve global malaria elimination targets and save lives.

Malaria is one of the leading causes of severe illness and death globally. An estimated 2.5 billion people are at risk of malaria, with young children and pregnant women most affected.

In 2020, malaria was responsible for more than 627,000 deaths and 241 million cases. Sadly, two out of three deaths are children under the age of five.

But the race to eliminate malaria is stalling – another victim of COVID-19.

James Beeson
Professor James Beeson, Head of Malaria Immunity and Vaccines Laboratory

“In early 2020 COVID-19 took the world by storm,“ said Professor Beeson. "It has dominated disease elimination research and public health programs over the last two years, and quite rightly so. But a devastating side-effect of COVID-19, and one that is only beginning to be fully understood now, is that it has set back malaria elimination efforts by years.

“In 2020, illness, injury and death from malaria got worse. We are expecting the data will show it got worse again in 2021.”

“We need to claw back the gains we made – claw them back and make a significant drive forward, or else we are in danger of falling behind achieving global malaria elimination targets. And that means lives.”

Burnet Institute is taking a leading role on malaria, especially in our region, and with your support, we will make a real contribution to the global target of eliminating malaria by 2030.


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Donate today and join the fight to achieve global malaria elimination targets.