Archive for July, 2020

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes (2)

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes (2)

Swearing by 2020 Have you realised that the world has on its hands a number of “by 2020s”? Collectively, we seem to have set numerous ultimatums, targets; and made declarations all promising fruition “by 2020”. Collectively in our individual nations, collectively on our respective continents, regions, sub-regions; and collectively globally, we set, for ourselves, a …

Exploring gene drive’s role in fight against malaria

Exploring gene drive’s role in fight against malaria

An international initiative has formed to ensure that gene drive technology gets a chance to prove its mettle in the quest to control malaria. The GeneConvene Global Collaborative, which operates under the auspices of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), will focus initially on advancing the safe, ethical and rigorous exploration of …

U.S. and Ghana Work Together to Achieve Malaria Elimination and Zero Malaria Deaths by 2030

U.S. and Ghana Work Together to Achieve Malaria Elimination and Zero Malaria Deaths by 2030

On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, virtually joined the Government Statistician of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, and the Program Manager of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Dr. Keziah Malm, to launch the 2019 Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) results.  The launch highlighted impressive results …

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes

My mother chose one morning of her hair combing to get nostalgic and philosophical about life. She went on about how present generations knew little about struggle, strangely using head lice as an instance. She praised humankind’s advancement: “We have really come very far. I mean, if you had told the teenage me that a …

GHANA: Western Region excels in Malaria Control

GHANA: Western Region excels in Malaria Control

Western Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Naa Dr. Jacob Mahama, says the performance in the control of malaria, has seen consistent improvement in the coverage of the various interventions being implemented. He attributed the success to the support from the Global Fund, the efforts of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) and the …

Malaria struggle must not be derailed by COVID-19

Malaria struggle must not be derailed by COVID-19

Countries which suffer from malaria present strikingly low rates of COVID-19 deaths. Given the epidemiological and human interrelations between the two diseases, there is a danger that the global struggle against malaria will suffer from the diversion of resources to deal with the new coronavirus. The exceptional strain that the pandemic is putting on many …

Malaria breakthrough set to change vaccine design

Malaria breakthrough set to change vaccine design

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a vital clue as to why malaria vaccines keep failing, which could potentially change how vaccines for the deadly disease and others are made. Malaria is a major global killer. But the parasitic disease which is spread to people by mosquitos does not currently have an …

Structural basis for RIFIN-mediated activation of LILRB1 in malaria

Structural basis for RIFIN-mediated activation of LILRB1 in malaria

The Plasmodium species that cause malaria are obligate intracellular parasites, and disease symptoms occur as they replicate within human blood. Despite risking immune detection, the parasite delivers proteins that bind host receptors to infected erythrocyte surfaces. In the causative agent of the most deadly human malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, RIFINs form the largest erythrocyte surface protein family1. Some RIFINs …