THEME

MALARIA

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasites that enter the bloodstream via a mosquito bite. It causes fever, shivers, muscle and head aches and can result in death if untreated. Every year Malaria kills more than 400.000 people each year, even though the disease can be prevented and treated.

Our scientists focus on multidisciplinary and innovative research to tackle malaria. ITM studies the malaria parasites and malaria mosquitos in the lab as well as in their habitat. Furthermore we try to enhance disease control by developing new diagnostic rapid tests and evaluation of treatment schemes. We also test new mosquito repellents. By combining work on biological, human and societal aspects of malaria, we hope to control and even eliminate it.