To accelerate control and help eliminate malaria, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will provide $14 million in first-year funding to establish 10 malaria research centers in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.
Each year, malaria-causing parasites infect almost 240 million people and cause more than 850,000 deaths. Forty percent of the world's population lives in areas where malaria is still prevalent.
"One of our primary goals with these centers is to fund cutting-edge research in malaria-endemic areas that will keep up with the rapidly changing epidemiology of the disease," says NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Most of the principal investigators receiving the seven-year awards also have Fogarty Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program grants.