Where We Operate

Map of Africa showing we operate in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Uganda

Malaria is present in many regions of the world, with the greatest burden in sub-Saharan Africa. This area is where around 90% of the all malaria-related deaths occur, and where domestic resources are least available to fight the disease.

Target Malaria’s work focuses only on the mosquitoes that are the primary vector for malaria in this region, not on any other mosquito. We are currently actively working in Burkina Faso, Mali and Uganda. We have also been working in Kenya.

The teams in these locations bring unique experience and expertise and we are able to improve research infrastructure and give new opportunities and skills to the young scientists working on the project.

Click on a country to learn about our team

Target Malaria’s work in Burkina Faso is led by the Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS), based in Bobo-Dioulasso and is headed by Dr. Abdoulaye Diabate. The IRSS was created in 1997, as a government funded research institute focused on medical science. It is active in the fields of public health, biomedical science, traditional medicine, and pharmaceuticals, and aims to coordinate research and to provide training for medical students.

Some facts about Burkina Faso
Total Population: 18,365,000
Country size: 274,200 km²
GDP per capita, 2014 (USD, PPP): 1,700
Suspected malaria cases, 2013: 7,857,296
Confirmed malaria cases, 2013: 7,146,026

Target Malaria’s work in Mali is led by the University of Bamako Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), based in Bamako and is headed by Dr. Mamadou Coulibaly. The MRTC was created in 1988, and is involved in research aiming to develop and test appropriate strategies for the eventual control of malaria and the reduction of the burden of this disease in West Africa. It has adopted an integrated approach to malaria research, using molecular biology as the basis for entomological and epidemiological solutions at community level.

Facts about Mali:
Total Population: 16,456,000
Country size: 1,240,000 km²
GDP per capita, 2014 (USD, PPP): 1,600
Suspected malaria cases, 2013: 2,849,453
Confirmed malaria cases, 2013: 2,327,385

Target Malaria’s work in Uganda is led by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), based in Entebbe and is headed by Dr. Jonathan Kayondo. UVRI is a government-funded public health research institution. It undertakes scientific investigations into communicable diseases and serves a center for training and education in related disciplines. In addition to health related research, the UVRI is also involved in regulation and policy development.

Some facts about Uganda:
Total Population: 35,919,000
Country size: 236,040 km²
GDP per capita, 2014 (USD, PPP): 1,800
Suspected malaria cases, 2013: 24,058,702
Confirmed malaria cases, 2013: 14,464,650

Target Malaria’s work in Ghana is led by the University of Ghana, based in Accra and is headed by Dr. Fred Aboagye-Antwi. The University of Ghana was founded in 1948 for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research. The University of Ghana is focused around four priority areas of research: Malaria; Trans-disciplinary Research into Climate Change Adaptation, Enhancing Food Production and Processing and Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation.

Some facts about Ghana:
Total Population: 29.6 million
Country size: 238,535 km2
GDP per capita, 2018 (USD, PPP): 4,501
Suspected malaria cases, 2013: 7.8 million
Confirmed malaria cases, 2013: 10.9 thousand