Archive for August, 2020

246 new Covid-19 cases recorded as malaria-struck Kenyans avoid health facilities

246 new Covid-19 cases recorded as malaria-struck Kenyans avoid health facilities

Kenya reported 246 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday, even as it decried the toll stigmatisation was having on Malaria treatment in the country.The new cases, from some 4,149 samples, push the national infection load to 32,803. Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Rashid Aman said hospitals were initially …

Responding to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19

Responding to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19

The recent stalling of global progress on malaria has been further compounded by COVID-19. How can countries safely maintain essential malaria services during the pandemic? What actions are needed now to secure a strong footing for future success in tackling malaria and other urgent health challenges? Two virtual forums on 3-4 September will take stock of the …

Mosquito immune system mapped to help fight malaria

Mosquito immune system mapped to help fight malaria

Scientists have created the first cell atlas of mosquito immune cells, to understand how mosquitoes fight malaria and other infections. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Umeå University, Sweden and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, discovered new types of mosquito immune cells, including a rare cell type that could be involved in limiting …

Penn State College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

Penn State College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings may have implications for reducing the risk of death in pregnant women and preventing low birth weights and neurocognitive impairment in their children as …

Chinese firm donates anti-malaria drugs to Kenya

Chinese firm donates anti-malaria drugs to Kenya

Chinese pharmaceutical company Fosun Pharma on Tuesday donated anti-malaria drugs to Kenya’s health ministry to boost the war against the tropical disease that is the leading cause of death among pregnant women and children below five years in the country. Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, said the donation will aid …

Foods To Eat And Avoid While Treating Malaria

Foods To Eat And Avoid While Treating Malaria

It is that time of the year again. The monsoon showers are here to take all our summer woes away. The arrival of the much-awaited rains has also triggered a bevy of infections and diseases. Malaria is one of the most common vector-borne diseases which can prove to be fatal, if not taken care of …

Pandemic’s fallout on malaria control appears limited so far

Pandemic’s fallout on malaria control appears limited so far

Back in March when COVID-19 hit, Pedro Alonso became alarmed about a different infectious disease. “I thought I would be witnessing the biggest malaria disaster in 20 years,” says Alonso, a malaria scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO). African countries went on lockdown to curtail COVID-19; worried about mass gatherings, they suspended campaigns to …