World Malaria Day 2015: funding research to close the gaps
According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2014, 198 million cases of malaria occurred globally in 2013 and the disease led to 584,000 deaths. The burden is heaviest in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 90% of all malaria deaths occur. Children aged less than five years account for 78% of all malaria deaths.
In its first programme, EDCTP funding strategy focused on clinical studies of high relevance to sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, research on malaria treatment in high-risk populations including children and pregnant mothers. Since 2003, malaria research has received €50.69 million of funding (23.9% of total EDCTP grant funding) through 42 grants.