Archive for June, 2020

NGO canvasses for increase in malaria funding in Niger

NGO canvasses for increase in malaria funding in Niger

With the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused digression, a Non-Governmental Organization has called on the Niger State Government to increase funding for malaria interventions if it must attain improved service delivery across all Primary Healthcare Centers. Making this appeal, the State Coordinator, Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition, Olasunkanmi Kalejaiye, lamented that carrying …

Research on brain swelling in children with cerebral malaria reveals potential new treatment approach

Research on brain swelling in children with cerebral malaria reveals potential new treatment approach

Through investigating the causes of brain swelling in cerebral malaria—a devastating parasitic disease that is fatal for one in five children—scientists have found a potential new treatment approach that could be safely used to improve outcome. New international research, led by the University of Glasgow and published today in Blood Advances, shows that modified heparins—a …

Global Fund Survey: Majority of HIV, TB and Malaria Programs Face Disruptions as a Result of COVID-19

The latest survey results of Global Fund-supported programs across 106 countries show widespread disruptions to HIV, TB and malaria service delivery as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting approximately three-quarters of HIV, TB and malaria programs. The results of this qualitative survey indicate challenges to HIV prevention; testing and case finding for HIV, TB …

Tomocube holotomography microscopy reveals novel cholesterol membrane transport system in erythrocytes infected with fatal malaria parasite

The first study to elucidate the sequential dynamics of membrane cholesterol transport in erythrocytes infected with live Plasmodium falciparum parasites has been successfully concluded using the 3D label-free imaging capability of holotomography microscopy. Writing in Nature Scientific Reports1, the international team of authors describes using the Tomocube HT-2H holotomographic microscope to observe in real-time the …

GHANA: The ‘coronavirus and malaria mix’ in Anlokordzi

In the ghettos of Anlokordzi in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, a middle-aged man rejoices about a mix-up in his health issues. Papavi’s happiness appears interminable, after he was diagnosed with malaria and not COVID-19. He had rushed to the Ho Municipal Hospital stealthily, presenting a history of high temperature, nausea, loss of appetite and …

New discovery paves way for next generation malaria vaccine

New discovery paves way for next generation malaria vaccine

Researchers develop genetically attenuated parasite (GAP) that arrests late in the liver stage of human malaria In an unprecedented first, scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have developed a genetically attenuated parasite (GAP) that arrests late in the liver stage of human malaria. Their findings published in JCI Insight pave the way for a novel, …

Artesunate for Injection for the Treatment of Severe Malaria

Artesunate for Injection for the Treatment of Severe Malaria

Artesunate for Injection is an antimalarial drug indicated for the initial treatment of severe malaria in adult and paediatric patients. It is the only drug in the US to treat the condition. The complete treatment course of patients with severe malaria comprises intravenous (IV) artesunate followed by an appropriate oral antimalarial regimen. Artesunate for Injection …