MALARIA VACCINE PROJECT: 5th ANNIVERSARY
On the 27th March 2017, the then Governor General of Australia, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove launched the Malaria Vaccine Project. They came back for the 5th Anniversary of the Project on March 23 this year and congratulated everyone on raising nearly $1.5 million [AUD] to support the development of Professor Michael Good’s malaria vaccine PlasProtecT®. This total includes an additional $100,000 resulting from donations by guests at the Anniversary Celebration and a generous one-one match by the Vice Chancellor of Griffith University, Professor Carolyn Evans
Sir Peter also congratulated Professor Michael Good AO and his team on their progress with the malaria vaccine research. The freeze-dried form of PlasProtecT® will undergo final preliminary studies this year. These studies include a toxicology study and a human trial to demonstrate that the freeze-dried form is safe and activates the immune system.
For this to happen, the Malaria Vaccine Project must raise $300,000 in 2022. In order to meet this target, the Malaria Vaccine Project has introduced “Challenge 22”. This is a plea to ask all our supporters in Australia and overseas to make a donation this year. If we can reach the $300,000 target, Professor Good will be able to commence human challenge trials in 2023. These challenge trials will begin to save the lives of the increasing number of young children and pregnant mothers who are dying from malaria every year.
PDG Graham Jones AM
Chairman, Malaria Vaccine Project