Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

Global Health Group publishes on association of housing quality and malaria incidence

19 February 2014

In a new study, Is housing quality associated with malaria incidence among young children and mosquito vector numbers? Evidence from Korogwe, Tanzania, published in PLoS ONE researchers from the Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative and partners explore the causes behind a dramatic decrease in malaria incidence. The study was conducted in Korogwe, Tanzania - an area that formerly had a high burden of malaria - during a time before typical malaria interventions were scaled up. Analysis shows that the introduction of high-quality housing materials and improved construction is significantly associated with a reduced risk of infection in young children. The study concludes that housing improvements may be a cost-effective way of reducing malaria risk.