Everyone is familiar with the idea that when Navy Personnel and their families deploy to regions where malaria is endemic, they are at risk of developing infection with this life-threatening disease. In fact, more person-days have been lost among U.S. military personnel due to malaria than to bullets during every military campaign fought in malaria-endemic regions during the 20th century. For the families of the deployed, the threat of malaria can be just as significant.
Although scientists have been working for decades, we still have no licensed vaccine to prevent malaria. It is clear that the DoD needs a vaccine which can be given prior to deployment to completely block infection, similar to the vaccines we provide for other infectious disease threats to our military personnel and their dependents.