July 5, 2017 – In late April, a grant of $9.6 million dispersed over the course of seven years was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an offshoot of the National Institutes of Health, to a study that primarily focused on the impact of environmental changes on malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
With the creation of dams and irrigation of arid areas, detrimental effects on malaria transmission and epidemiology have been on the rise, despite sub-Saharan Africa making great strides in food productivity and economic development. Through the funding provided by the NIH, an international partnership has been created between researchers from the United States and other researchers from around the globe, namely Australia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. All of these researchers have one key idea in mind: to explore scientific questions important to global anti-malaria control, specifically within the Greater Horn of Africa countries.
Through this major federal funding, UC Irvine becomes established as one of the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research, with Guiyun Yan, professor of public health, spearheading the UCI operation.