Malaria Atlas Project unveils global malaria risk maps

The Malaria Atlas Project recently unveiled the results of a two year effort to map the risk and effects of Pasmodium falciparum malaria across the globe.

The results of the study, published in the Malaria Journal, were created with computer modeling techniques utilizing data on climate and human populations. They revealed the complex landscape that malaria inhabits across the globe, especially in the tropics, according to

The Malaria Atlas Project's final results were built on last year's Atlas of Malaria-Eliminating Countries, which was developed in collaboration with the Global Health Group and supported by the ExxonMobil Fund. The Malaria Atlas Project received the majority of its funding from the Wellcome Trust.

The maps have been made available free of charge through the launch of an online portal at

"These new maps and our online portal are really aimed at everyone involved in the battle against the disease: from the major international organizations and funders, to other scientists, to those actually doing the disease control work on the ground," Dr. Pete Gething of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford and the project's lead researcher said, reports.

After decades of neglect, the fight against malaria has risen on the global agenda. International funding has started to translate into a reduced number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide, particularly through the use of bed-netting and other cost effective interventions.

Experts like Gething say that the malaria atlas can provide critical assistance against the disease by pinpointing where aid is most needed currently and where the largest concentrations of people at risk can be found.