A pilot program for the first malaria vaccine will be launched in 2018 in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. According to a statement released by WHO, “Africa bears the greatest burden of malaria worldwide. Global efforts in the last 15 years have led to a 62 percent reduction in malaria deaths between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429,000 people died of the disease in 2015, the majority of them young children in Africa.”
Malaria is transmitted by mosquitos and symptoms often don’t show up until 10 to 15 days later. If not promptly treated it is often deadly.
Other methods of treatment have fallen short as mosquitos have adapted to the chemicals used in the insecticides and the anti-malarial drugs. The advent of a vaccine could save thousands of lives. The vaccine is in four doses and the particular countries that were chosen for participation because they already have treatment programs in place and because of the high rate of infection.