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Malaria is a leading cause of illness and death in the developing world and a significant drag on economic development.

This course will provide basic knowledge about the burden of malaria and effective tools to both treat and prevent malaria, and discuss the challenges and opportunities for taking these interventions to scale.


By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology, lifecycle, and clinical manifestations of malaria
  • Identify and use tools for preventing malaria and be equipped with strategies for taking these to scale
  • Understand approaches to diagnosing malaria
  • Describe recommended drug therapies; and understand challenges to providing rapid, effective treatment in affected countries
  • Understand the impact of malaria during pregnancy and strategies for prevention
  • Describe lessons learned from successful malaria control programs


Thanks to the following colleagues for generous help in developing and reviewing this course:

Paul Crystal, USAID BASICS Project
Chris Davis, INFO Project, John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
M. James Eliades, Malaria Branch, CDC
George Greer, Global HPN Group, Academy for Educational Development
Jim Shelton, USAID
Larry Slutsker, Malaria Branch, CDC
Teresa Tirabassi, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Susan Zimicki, Global HPN Group, Academy for Educational Development


  • 2 hours


  • Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Course Authors: 

  • Trenton Ruebush, USAID

Course Managers: 

  • Elizabeth Thompson, USAID
  • Sara Mazursky, CCP

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