The Malaria Map Project in Google Earth

Malaria in Google EarthResearchers from Kenya and the UK have been conducting a project to map cases of the mosquito borne parasite which causes the disease known as malaria. According to, it has been almost 40 years since the first comprehensive map of malaria risk had been created. Check out the web site for the malaria atlas project (MAP – cute acronym) for more details (including methods of collecting data). The project has published two Google Earth files for two different variants of malaria: Plasmodium falciparum , or Plasmodium vivax . The GE files contain placemarks of the data and they are colored according to how recent the cases were reported. Most recent cases (2001-2006) are colored red, oldest cases are colored green (1984-1990).
This is important data and Google Earth is an excellent way of presenting it. They should take some tips from the Avian Flu outbreak tracker created by Declan Butler from Nature Magazine. The malaria atlas project should put some links back to their web site in the KMZ files and provide some basic information in their placemarks. They also should create a network link so they can update the data without having to republish. But, this is a great first effort, and important resource.

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Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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  1. Well, for some other interesting malaria developments check out this

  2. A helpful tool for world travelers; a tragic problem where solutions are hard to come by.

  3. Hi i like this map. I wanted to let your viewers know about a cd that is going to help save people’s lives.. It’s called Save My Soul – Music to Prevent Malaria… I’m trying to get some attention for this album because for every cd we sell, we’re going to distribute a mosquito net in Africa to help fight malaria. Another organization has pledge to match the amount of nets we donate, so please check out the site…

  4. Change seems to be contagious these days. The same holds true for 10-year-old spoken word artist Nene Ali who is utilizing her God-given talents to raise both money and awareness for the people of Katanga to help reduce and rid Malaria in that region.
    On Saturday June 28, 2008 at 6:00pm, Miss Ali has organized a benefit/spoken word event in celebration of Black Music Month called “Netting Change through Spoken Word”. Headlined by Ne Ne Ali, the event will be held at Middle School 142, John Philip Sousa, 3750 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, New York. Advance tickets are $7.00 and $9.00 at the door. Portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Nothing But Nets campaign to benefit the Province of Katanga located within the Democratic Republic of the Congo The evening will also feature a special guest performance by renowned band, The Earthman Experience featuring DJ Hard Hittin Harry, a dynamic Afrobeat/World Music collective consisting of spectacular African drumming, Haitian-Creole lyrics/chanting, violin, complimented by a LIVE DJ.
    Statistics show that every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies due to Malaria, however, the disease is preventable. “My quest is to save 5,000 families from this dreadful disease,” said Ne Ne Ali. “Africa is too rich to be so poor. It’s only right that I use my talent towards humanitarian efforts because it’s not mine…it’s God’s gift and he can take it back from me anytime he wants.”
    Nene Ali has performed at the Apollo, BAM café, BET Rap City, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Philadelphia Arts Garage, and has dazzled City and State Officials in the New York tri-state area receiving nothing less than a standing ovation when she performs. She is also scheduled to visit the Katanga region to perform for the children in February 2009.
    For Ticket information, Press Pass, or donations please contact Kevin @ (614) 638-9113 or via e-mail:
    Feel free to visit the Ne Ne Ali MySpace page at

  5. Malaria is one of the major public health challenges undermining development in the poorest countries in the world. Distributing nets can help prevent malaria, however this is only a short term plan. I believe that educating the people about sanitation and prevention is the best way to eradicate or prevent the disease.
    Apparently, a grassroot from Ghana called Volunteer Partnership for West Africa (VPWA) has instituted an annual month long awareness campaign, entitled Kick Malaria Out (KMO), designed to create much-needed awareness on
    (1) the rate at which Malaria is killing the West African population, especially children and pregnant women and
    (2) measures to prevent and eradicate, if not minimize, the Malaria disease within the community with a special emphasis on educating the population on the need to avoid creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
    Campaign KMO will run from October 20 2009 thru November 18, 2009 but the outreach by the combined volunteers is for first two weeks, in the following countries: Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, & Liberia.
    Campaign KMO will start in Ghana with Volunteers from all over the world, including medical professionals, students, educators and various professions.
    I am one of the volunteers of VPWA and we are asking every individual of this planet to support our campaign. By educating your neighbors and community, most especially the little ones, about malaria can make a big impact. Eevery small thing we do can make a huge difference. Let us all fight for a good cause!
    Please visit our website
    or you may contact us at:
    Phone: 233243340112

  6. Malaria has been a killer disease for quite a long time now and methods have been usee to eradicate it. It is caused by a parasite that breeds most in tropical areas, thereby mulltiplying its effect. Its impact is so much that doctors and scientist are on research for othre means of prevention.

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