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Serological surveillance to identify mosquito exposure and malaria transmission

Significant advances in the surveillance, prevention and treatment of malaria are required to accelerate malaria elimination. In the Asia Pacific, this challenge is confounded by the highly heterogenous epidemiology of malaria in the region, the lack of sensitive surveillance tools capable of capturing the diversity of Plasmodium and Anopheles species, as well as low density or asymptomatic infections that are not detected by routine surveillance and current diagnostic tests.

This project aims to use serological assays to detect exposure to Anopheles’ salivary and malaria parasite antigens and design a serosurveillance tool for malaria exposure.


This approach will be used as an epidemiological tool to explore heterogeneity in rates of malaria transmission, identifying residual transmission “hot spots” and “hot pops” that can assess the effectiveness of vector control measures and guide appropriate malaria control interventions.

Serological surveillance of vectors and parasites is one approach that can improve the surveillance of malaria in the Asia Pacific and contributed to progress towards the goal of malaria elimination by 2030.

Freya Fowkes

Professor Freya J.I. Fowkes

Contact Professor Freya J.I. Fowkes to find out more information about the project.



  • National Health and Medical Research Council

Partners +

  • Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Thailand
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Deakin University, Australia