Archive for August, 2020

World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day

u may be wondering why we have a World Mosquito Day when these animals are responsible for the transmission of malaria. Well, that is what this day is all about; raising awareness regarding this, so that more people will be safe and protected. It is also important to recognize that all animals and creatures play …

Scientists worried the pandemic would cause malaria deaths to soar. So far, it hasn’t happened

Scientists worried the pandemic would cause malaria deaths to soar. So far, it hasn’t happened

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 …

Kano gives anti-malarial drugs kids

Kano gives anti-malarial drugs kids

Kano State Government has begun the administration of anti-malarial drugs to children aged between three to 59 months to reduce malaria-related illnesses and deaths. Commissioner of Health, Aminu Tsanyawa, stated that the government had adopted the “Seasonal Malaria Chemoprophylaxis” (SMC) in eliminating or controlling malaria in children, which prevents them from dying from mosquito bites. …

Multiphase program provides valuable lessons for advancing the fight against malaria

Multiphase program provides valuable lessons for advancing the fight against malaria

The intensive implementation of currently available tools to fight malaria can achieve a drastic reduction in disease burden, but is not enough to interrupt its transmission. This is the main conclusion reached by the Mozambican Alliance Towards Elimination of Malaria (MALTEM), coordinated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Manhiça Health Research …

Study Shows Mosquitoes Can Still Spread Malaria after Long-Distance Flights

Study Shows Mosquitoes Can Still Spread Malaria after Long-Distance Flights

The migrations of large African mammals across Tanzania’s Serengeti and the southern Sudan are true wildlife spectacles, but high in the night sky over the Sahel (the transition zone that belts the continent between the Sahara Desert and tropical savanna), another mass movement of animals immensely important to humans has gone undetected—until recently, that is. …

Malaria discovery could have broader impact

Malaria discovery could have broader impact

New research into malaria suggests targeting enzymes from the human host rather than the pathogen itself could offer effective treatment for a range of infectious diseases. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, an Australian-led team outlines a strategy it says could save years of drug discovery research and development by repurposing existing treatments designed for …

Mosquito net distribution could halve Malaria deaths in Africa during COVID-19

Mosquito net distribution could halve Malaria deaths in Africa during COVID-19

Mosquito net distribution could help halve the number of deaths from Malaria during the coronavirus outbreak in Africa, Imperial researchers say. There are concerns that malaria control activities – such as distributing insecticidal nets – could be severely disrupted as a result of the pandemic. Writing in Nature Medicine, Imperial’s COVID-19 Response Team estimate that …