Student Perspectives

Eradicating malaria a tall order: a student-organized World Malaria Day roundtable and fundraising event aims to make a difference

Coming on the heels of Harvard’s successful “Rethinking Malaria Leadership Forum” earlier this winter, numerous student groups from across the university organized a special fundraising effort to encourage and facilitate student involvement in malaria around the globe.
The goal of the “Malaria Bytes Benefit Concert,” held on May 4 at the Oberon Theater, was to celebrate the work done this year towards eradication and control of malaria, while also raising money to support student malaria work in 2011-2012. The fundraising effort established a novel travel award through the Harvard Malaria Initiative that will be open to all Harvard students who wish to pursue a malaria-oriented project abroad in 2012. In addition to ticket sales and individual donations, the group received support from Celgene Global Health, Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria as well as in-kind support from the Harvard Malaria Initiative.

The student groups also organized a student-faculty “Eradication Round Table” on Monday, April 25th (World Malaria Day) on the main Harvard University campus as a rich forum for discussion of the opportunities and challenges to malaria eradication.

Roundtable says long-term goal may prove beyond reach

…Public health analysts expressed doubt Monday (April 25) that eradicating malaria is an attainable goal, saying the difficulty of doing so may put that out of reach despite the global effort now under way. The discussion during a roundtable event at the Barker Center was held to mark the fourth World Malaria Day, which commemorates the worldwide movement to distribute bed nets, improve access to testing and treatment, and engage local governments in eliminating malaria… Harvard Gazette Article

Follow the student’s efforts on Twitter @MalariaBytes

Student Organizers
Harvard College Global Health Review
Harvard College Engineers Without Borders
Harvard College Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children
Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum
Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Club
Harvard Business School Global Health Interest Group
Harvard Law School Health Law and Health Care Society
Harvard Medical School Students for Global Health
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Student Council
Harvard University Student Alliance for Global Health
Harvard University Global Health Forum
Harvard University Together Against Malaria

**Special thanks to Meghan Galligan ’10 for her dedication and enthusiasm in organizing this event!