Malaria is responsible for over 600,000 deaths and 241 million cases per year. The majority of these deaths are in children under the age of 5 in sub Saharan Africa.
Human malaria parasites are transmitted through the bite of an infective Anopheles mosquito. In order to determine patterns of malaria transmission, scientists can test individual mosquitoes to see if they are carrying infective parasites and use this information to identify when and where people get infected with malaria parasites.
The method, which is essential for global malaria prevention and control, is called the circumsporozoite or csELISA.
To grow global capacity and familiarity with this method, Auburn University’s Media Studies Program and the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop virtual training material for individuals anywhere in the world to learn how to perform the csELISA. This video was created to help establish and refresh the global laboratory capacity needed in the fight to end malaria.