According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2022, 247 million people fell ill with malaria in 2021. In the same year, there were an estimated 619,000 deaths due to the disease, with three out of four deaths in children aged under five. With the right prevention tools and treatments, the WHO’s ambitious targets of reducing global malaria incidence and mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030 can become reality and accelerate progress towards eradication. Getting there requires innovations that have been purposely designed with implementation and impact in mind. Through their work on new diagnostics, vaccines and treatments, EPIC members are doing just that.
For this month’s member spotlight, we caught up with Nicole Mideo, an associate professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, to talk about her work using mathematical modelling to study parasites like the ones that cause malaria.