Contact: Jennifer Cabe
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, BETHESDA, MD To support the strengthening
of African research groups and international research collaborations that
will lead to new and sustainable methods of controlling malaria, the MIM/TDR
Task Force on Malaria Research Capability Strengthening in Africa announces
a new call for applications for grants to fund malaria research and training.
The MIM/TDR Task Force administers funds on behalf of international partners,
including the NIH, the World Health Organization Special Program for Research
and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR), Roll Back Malaria, The World
Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, the African Regional Office of the WHO,
and the Government of Japan. The deadline for letters of intent is July 15,
2001. A limited number of letters will be selected for development into full
proposals. Information about the application process is available on the MIM
website at http://mim.nih.gov.
The MIM/TDR Task Force grants will be awarded to African scientists working
in partnership with other laboratories in malaria-endemic countries in Africa,
Asia, and South America, as well as with laboratories in the United States
and Europe. Grants will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit, relevance
to malaria control, and the likelihood that training efforts will lead to
enhanced research infrastructure in African institutions. Training of young
scientists should be incorporated into the overall projects, and linkages
to malaria-control efforts are particularly encouraged. The Task Force currently
supports 23 collaborative malaria research projects addressing critical issues
related to chemotherapy; pathogenesis; vector control; and epidemiology of
malaria transmission, morbidity, and mortality in Africa. Information about
the projects is available on the TDR website at http://www.who.int/tdr/diseases/malaria/mimprojects.htm.
In initiating the new cycle of projects, the MIM/TDR Task Force is expanding
its scope of priorities to include the development of new interventions, strategies,
and policies, and the evaluation of large-scale malaria-control interventions,
as well as studies on functional genomics of vectors and parasites.
Malaria is estimated to kill 2.7 million people each year and is responsible
for enormous economic burdens in malaria-endemic regions. African children
under the age of 5 are particularly at risk of death from malaria. Unfortunately,
this number is on the rise due to insecticide resistance, antimalarial drug
resistance, and environmental changes. Unless new strategies are developed,
death and illness due to malaria will increase, and the disease will continue
to be a substantial barrier to the economic and social development of malaria-endemic
regions and a threat to the millions of people who travel to those regions
Launched in 1997 by an international alliance of research and public health
agencies and African scientists, the MIM stimulates collaborative research
to answer the needs of public health programs in malaria-endemic countries,
to modernize communication systems used by the African research community,
and to strengthen research capacity and human resources where malaria takes
its greatest toll sub-Saharan Africa. Detailed information about MIM,
its partners, and activities is available on the MIM website at http://mim.nih.gov.
The MIM/TDR Task Force was established in 1997 to strengthen research capacity
by supporting malaria research in endemic countries. The aim of the Task Force
is to develop products and approaches to improve the understanding and control
of malaria in Africa.
TDR is a global program for scientific collaboration co-sponsored by the
United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank, and WHO. Detailed
information about TDR, its mission, strategy, governance, resources, and outcomes
is available at http://www.who.int/tdr/about/default.htm.
The Fogarty International Center (FIC) promotes and supports scientific research
internationally to reduce disparities in global health, and it currently serves
as the MIM Secretariat. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. Fact sheets, press releases, and other FIC-related materials
are available on the FIC website at http://www.nih.gov/fic.