Archive for August, 2020

Uganda Still Ranks High Globally In Malaria Deaths

Uganda Still Ranks High Globally In Malaria Deaths

Malaria remains a leading cause of illness and death in Uganda. Most of the country’s 43 million population is at risk. And the disease accounts for between a third and half of all outpatient consultations. Each malaria episode costs a family on average 9 US dollars. Even though Uganda had the 2nd largest reduction in …

Nigerians are over-treating malaria — Experts

Nigerians are over-treating malaria — Experts

As concerns grow over a recent study that discovered a new strain of malaria parasite that is resistant to artemisinin, health professionals in the country have warned that Nigerians should stop the habit of overtreating malaria ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS reports Fadekemi Fagba, a 52-year-old trader, visited a local pharmacy to procure a drug to treat malaria. …

RECAP: What Is Malaria?

RECAP: What Is Malaria?

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by species of single-celled parasites invading and destroying red blood cells. There are four species of Plasmodium protozoan that cause malaria in humans, with two – P. falciparum and P. vivax – responsible for the majority of infections. Plasmodium parasites reproduce in two ways: asexually inside a host’s liver …

Common RDTs ineffective in detecting malaria – Study

Common RDTs ineffective in detecting malaria – Study

A new study has found that the readily available Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) used in testing for malaria are missing some positives especially those that have low levels of the disease and those that are asymptomatic. The observational study whose results were released this morning started in 2019 by the Ministry of Health. It was …

Malaria Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa

Malaria Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa

Resistance to artemisinin, the main component of the current antimalarial treatments recommended by WHO, is already widespread in South-East Asia, but it had not previously been described in Africa. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program in Rwanda (Rwanda Biomedical Center), the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochin Hospital and …

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes (3)

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes (3)

Missing an Opportunity for Excellence I must note, first, that there is a certain ‘Oliver asked for more-ness to this article—or at least the topic regarding this article—one which I tried very hard to desist from over- indulging. This attempt proved unsuccessful for this inherent Oliver-ness stems from pointing out the obvious: global funding for …

New set of channels connecting malaria parasite and blood cells

New set of channels connecting malaria parasite and blood cells

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have discovered another set of pore-like holes, or channels, traversing the membrane-bound sac that encloses the deadliest malaria parasite as it infects red blood cells. The channels enable the transport of lipids — fat-like molecules — between the blood cell and parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The …

Malaria control efforts on course despite COVID-19

Malaria control efforts on course despite COVID-19

The Programme Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Dr Keziah Malm, has stated that despite the emergence of COVID-19 and the attendant risks, malaria control efforts in the country have not been greatly hampered. She said the programme had to adapt to ensure that people did not needlessly die from malaria. She, however, …