How close are we to a vaccine for malaria?

Wellcome Trust Blog

On the eve of World Malaria Day 2015, the global health community is celebrating the publication of the final data on the efficacy of the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine, RTS,S. Here, Professor Philip Bejon, Director of the Kemri-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya and an author of today’s Lancet Infectious Diseases paper, describes the 30 year journey scientists have taken to get to this point and his hopes for the malaria vaccines of the future…

Malaria prevalence in Africa, 2000-2010

Despite studying the disease and living in Kenya for some years, I’ve never had malaria.  Some of my colleagues have, and attitudes to catching malaria range from the matter-of-fact through to bravado. The ease with which we can access rapid diagnosis and treatment ensures that, for us, our attitudes don’t include any real fear. For many Kenyan children, who are less able to access care, malaria carries a much greater threat…

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