map is an international research collaboration that tracks the global fight against malaria.

We combine innovative data and analytics, global collaboration, and local engagement to deliver insights for impactful malaria policy and control.

for a malaria-free world


Since its inception in 2006, the MAP collaboration has comprised of many scientists working in groups around the world. Today, MAP has a core team based at the Telethon Kids Institute and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, and Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and has members in Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

MAP is also a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Geospatial Disease Modelling. Though this partnership we provide modelling and analysis both directly to the WHO Global Malaria Program and via WHO to individual countries.”

Our Story




MAP is launched by Professors Bob Snow and Simon Hay. Teams at Oxford and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi, supported by global collaborators, set about addressing the critical shortfall in spatial intelligence on global malaria endemicity.


MAP publishes the world’s first global map of Plasmodium falciparum malaria endemicity based on empirical data and formal statistical methods.


The MAP portfolio expands with new globals maps of P. vivax endemicity and P. falciparum clinical incidence.


Under the leadership of Professor Peter Gething, MAP receives its first support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Medical Research Council. MAP also becomes a WHO Collaborating Centre in Geospatial Disease Modelling.


MAP publishes a landmark study evaluating the impact of malaria control in Africa during the MDG era, and works with partners to successfully advocate for renewed politcal commitments.


MAP joins the Global Burden of Disease study, partnering with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation to generate annual burden of disease estimates for malaria.


Major new funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand MAP’s work into support for national program. The MAP Oxford team relocates to the Telethon Kids Institute and Curtin University, in Perth, Western Australia.


MAP advisory board is formed to provide independent expertise guidance on both strategic and scientific matters.


MAP provides crucial evaluation of potential for COVID-19 pandemic to derail progress in Africa. With strong advocacy and support from WHO and the global community, national programs are able to overcome immense challenges to maintain critical malaria control.


MAP establishes an East Africa Node at Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, led by Dr Susan Rumisha. Driving African research & innovation in geospatial analytics for malaria to generate robust evidence to guide malaria decisions.


MAP grows with new endemic country partners joining the program.


The Malaria Atlas Project and this web portal are principally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We also gratefully acknowledge support from the Channel 7 Telethon Trust, Western Australia and the United States Agency for International Development/President’s Malaria Initiative. MAP has previously been supported by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Medical Research Council.