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Michigan Tackles Malaria in the Field and at Home

University of Michigan School of Public Health epidemiology master’s student, Ms. Abigail Doucette, traveled to Malawi last summer to intern with the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. She explored the role of urban agriculture and animal husbandry on the environmental risk factors related to malaria. Ms. Doucette helped conduct home visits, oral surveys, and participated in observational data collection. “Perhaps the most important thing I learned about malaria prevention last summer was that there is no ‘silver bullet’” she says. “It takes a community-level, holistic approach. The staggeringly high numbers of infectious bites individuals receive yearly in malaria-endemic regions means that without strong, widespread commitment to all prescribed prevention methods, malaria will continue to persist.” Ms. Doucette’s field experience was funded by the University of Michigan School of Public Health Office of Global Public Health.