Malaria Atlas Project aims to produce first global malaria map in 40 years

The Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) is a joint British and Kenya effort to create an updated map of global malaria endemicity, the first update in 40 years. According to the website which was launched back in May: “The main objective of this project is to develop a detailed model of the spatial limits of Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax malaria at a global scale and its endemicity within this range.”

MAP has already collected some data and provide links to static maps of malaria for some countries that can be downloaded as .kmz files and viewed in Google Earth. Their hope is have a complete dataset that can be released by 2009, in addition to a series of map products showing global malaria risk.

Via Yahoo! News