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What are your questions for World Malaria Day with Rob Mather (AMF), Maddy Marasciulo (Malaria Consortium), and Alekos Simoni (Target Malaria)?

by lukefreeman1 min read20th Apr 202111 comments

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3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. Each year malaria causes roughly half a million deaths, mostly among African children. This World Malaria Day we recognise the excellent work of organisations working to control malaria and learn how we all can help.

We are hosting a 1-hour chat with Rob Mather (Against Malaria Foundation), Maddy Marasciulo (Malaria Consortium) and Alekos Simoni (Target Malaria) this weekend for World Malaria Day, and we’d love to hear your suggestions on what questions we should ask them.

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This event is held simultaneously online at the following times on April 25th:

  • London: Sunday 9:00 pm
  • Berlin: Sunday 10:00 pm
  • New York: Sunday 4:00 pm
  • Los Angeles: Sunday 1:00 pm
  • Sydney: Monday 6:00 am (April 26)
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The new oxford malaria vaccine is looking very promising!

It seems to me that we should be able to produce a cost-effectiveness analysis and have a plan prepared for how to distribute the vaccine if it is approved and cost effective, but I'm struggling to find anything like this.

What would be your response to a new vaccine that is effective and cheap to distribute?

Other than money, how can EAs best support your work? :) 

One thing that I haven't thought much about until recently is that almost all causes of deaths in Low income/low-middle income countries are modeled rather than aggregations of recorded causes of death. So how much should we actually trust the statistics on things like "440,000 people died last year from malaria (or X,000 from Y country)?" Should we assume it's within a ~20% band of reasonableness, or is our actual understanding of the situation much blurrier than that? 

Of course, every death from preventable disease is one too many, but it's good to have a clear/crisp/accurate understanding of the world to prioritize accordingly. 

Could insecticide-treated bednets lead to the eradication of malaria, or do you think other technologies will be needed to actually end malaria?

  • Do you see any untapped opportunities for nonprofit entrepreneurs or existing organizations in the fight against Malaria?
  • Building ecosystems (e.g. to attract advisors, future staff, scientists, government stakeholders, funders) is key for an organization like yours. How are you thinking about this?
  • Which public health and policy interventions outside of your programs and the area of Malaria are you excited about?

Many thanks!

Some global health people in my circles are claiming that interruptions to ongoing public health efforts and basic health services due to covid-19 will reverse much of the recent gains we've made against malaria and other neglected tropical diseases. How much credence do you have in such beliefs?

Concretely, what do you think is the probability that we'll have more estimated deaths from malaria in 2025 than in 2015? (around ~440,000 deaths iirc) .

Questions for both:

How has the covid-19 pandemic affected your ability to raise money for malaria prevention from both EA and non-EA sources?  

How has it affected your ability to deliver {bednets, chemoprevention} to beneficiaries? 

What are the chances of a vaccine against malaria? 

Related question:

Given how elusive a vaccine against malaria has proved to be how excited are you about the self-amplifying RNA platform (saRNA) vaccine developments (Yale School of Medicine)?

For AMF, which of the following options was more helpful?

    (A) Donating 1000 bednets in 2010?

    or

    (B) Donating 3000 bednets in 2020?

Below is a link to a visual version of the above question:

Which Helped More? (Donating bednets in 2010 vs 2020)

What is the ratio of malaria deaths per year compared to the total population in the regions of prevalent malaria incidences? How has this ratio changed from ten years ago?