What We Do
Target Malaria is an innovative project aiming to reduce the population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa.
By reducing the population of malaria mosquitoes, we aim to reduce the transmission of the disease.
We are focused on decreasing the number of female vector mosquitoes in a population because only females bite and their number usually determines future population size.
Target Malaria’s work is structured around three key pillars: science, stakeholder engagement and regulation.
In each of these areas, we seek to achieve excellence, creating a path for responsible research and development of genetic technologies.
How it works
Currently, we are evaluating a number of approaches to reduce the number of malaria mosquitoes using genetic modification, in particular gene drive technologies.
This work is still at an early stage, but our models indicate that this method has the potential to significantly reduce the numbers of malaria mosquitoes, and the transmission of malaria, within a socially relevant timeframe.
Where we operate
Malaria is present in many regions of the world, with the greatest burden in sub-Saharan Africa. This area is where around 96% of the all malaria-related deaths occur, and where domestic resources are least available to fight the disease.