Malaria Control Research In Africa
A University of California, Irvine study on the impact of environmental changes on malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa has been awarded up to $9.6 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
The funding establishes UCI as one of the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Control Research, which will engage in projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Guiyun Yan, professor of public health, leads the UCI project.
“Knowledge gained from this ICEMR will be important to malaria control, not only for the two countries studied – Ethiopia and Kenya – but also for other regions of Africa,” Yan said.
He added that the overarching goal of UCI’s ICEMR is to assess the effect of human-induced environmental modifications – such as dam construction, irrigation and shifting agricultural practices – on the epidemiology and transmission of malaria. Because of food insufficiencies, major investments have been made in water resource development in highly populated Kenya and Ethiopia.
For more about the ICEMR network, see https://www.niaid.nih.gov/research/excellence-malaria-research. The UCI funding comes under grant 1U19AI129326-01.
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