Since its creation in 2016, Fight Malaria has had one objective: to make malaria research more accessible. Four years later, we’ve made good headway and are looking for the project to continue under new direction.

Through interviews with malaria experts and a weekly news podcast summarising malaria research, we’ve made good progress against our mission to make malaria research more accessible. The site has received over a quarter of a million hits from over 180 countries and enjoyed positive feedback, with over 90% of listeners finding our weekly Malaria Minute podcast ‘very informative’.

But it’s time for a new chapter in the history of Fight Malaria, and for our mission to make malaria research more accessible to be continued.

Sadly, in 2021, I will no longer have time to maintain the site. It’s been a labour of love and I’ve enjoyed every second, but it’s time to move on. I’m therefore looking for an individual – or organisation – to take on the project and continue to make malaria research more accessible.

There are no formal requirements for taking on the project, but you must be passionate about malaria research and want to share it with the public. You should also have good communication skills and the ability to condense complex information. If you already have a blog or podcast (or are keen to venture into those mediums), this could be a perfect opportunity.

What’s in it for you?

  • You’ll be part of a mission to democratise malaria research, making papers and reports more accessible to the public.
  • You’ll have a head-start, with nearly 2,000 Twitter followers, optimised search engine performance and access to a global audience.
  • You’ll gain invaluable experience in communications.

If you’d like to consider taking on the project (or know an individual or organisation that might) please do get in touch. Send me an email at [email protected] with your details and thoughts. I have no pre-determined vision of what this transition might look like so I am grateful for any and all thoughts at the stage. I look forward to discussing plans soon!

The journey of Fight Malaria has been one of community, and I am incredibly grateful to my scientific advisors, Katharine Collins (Radboud University Medical Centre) and Elena Gómez-Díaz (Spanish National Research Council), for their ongoing support, and to the team at MalariaWorld for amplifying the content we’ve produced. I am also indebted to those who have given feedback over the past few years; it’s incredibly helpful to understand what works and what doesn’t.

NB: I am mindful that my hope for the project to continue may not prove fruitful, and that the site may have to be left as an archive. In such an event, I will try to secure funding to make sure that the website remains accessible.

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