Archive for February, 2021

Breakthrough Test for Malaria Developed

Breakthrough Test for Malaria Developed

After nearly a decade of research, a new test that detects the magnetic properties of malaria-infected blood could soon be used to help eliminate the mosquito-borne disease. Dr Stephan Karl, a Senior Research Fellow in Malaria and Vector Biology at James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, has led an international study …

Knight Center presents MOOC on newsletter strategies [Worldwide]

Knight Center presents MOOC on newsletter strategies [Worldwide]

Journalists interested in creating or improving their newsletters can enroll in this course. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, through its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offers the free course “Newsletter strategies for journalists: how to create, grow and monetize newsletters” Feb. 22 to March 21. The course is divided into four modules covering: choosing the right newsletter, …

Sustained media advocacy on malaria needed in the midst of COVID-19 and Ebola

Sustained media advocacy on malaria needed in the midst of COVID-19 and Ebola

The need for sustained media advocacy on malaria has become critical following the emergence of the COVID-19, which shares similar symptoms with malaria. There is a stronger case now for intensifying public education around malaria, with the looming danger of a potential outbreak of another deadly viral disease, Ebola, reported in Guinea, with implications for …

Be aware of the similarities between malaria and Covid-19, experts warn

Be aware of the similarities between malaria and Covid-19, experts warn

With South Africa’s intensive care units crammed full of Covid-19 patients, even as the second infection surge slowly wanes, a new warning about malaria’s starkly similar initial presenting symptoms was issued on Thursday. Professor Lucille Blumberg, epidemiology deputy director at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and a veteran of disease-outbreak monitoring and prevention issued the warning at a webinar. She …

AU chalks huge success in combating malaria amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

AU chalks huge success in combating malaria amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

President Uhuru Kenyatta, chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, announced the progress that has been made in responding to malaria amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency. The third Zero Malaria Starts With Me annual Africa Malaria Progress Report highlights the achievements, challenges, and future directions in Africa’s battle to defeat malaria. Since the launch …

Contest honors women’s courage, achievement in journalism [Worldwide]

Contest honors women’s courage, achievement in journalism [Worldwide]

Full-time and freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country can be nominated for an award. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its Courage in Journalism Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards honor women who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in journalism under difficult or dangerous circumstances. Winners typically receive cash prizes, which have …

Environmental journalism contest accepting entries [Worldwide]

Environmental journalism contest accepting entries [Worldwide]

Journalists who have completed environmental reporting can submit their work. The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) is accepting submissions for its annual recognition of excellence in environmental reporting. The awards honor journalists in 10 categories, including feature story, investigative reporting, explanatory reporting and book. The first place and second place winners in each category will receive US$500 and …

Learning from COVID-19 to accelerate malaria vaccines development

Learning from COVID-19 to accelerate malaria vaccines development

In less than a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, several vaccines have already been developed, with vaccination already under way in several countries. This unprecedented speed is a great testament to the power of what science can achieve when researchers have resources and political will on their side. The world is …

Concern about increased malaria mutation, transmission

Concern about increased malaria mutation, transmission

The authors of two separate studies have expressed their concern about increasing malaria transmission potential, pointing to recent mutations against an antimalarial drug and how the mosquito’s natural blood feeding behaviour shortens the parasite’s incubation time. Drug resistance Malaria causes about 435,000 deaths each year, primarily in young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite a long-term …

Is the low incidence of COVID-19 in Africa due to prior infections with Plasmodium falciparum?

Is the low incidence of COVID-19 in Africa due to prior infections with Plasmodium falciparum?

Evidence of shared immunodominance between Plasmodium falciparum and SARS-CoV-2 may explain low COVID-19 incidence in the malaria-endemic belt of Africa, and could highlight SARS-CoV-2’s ability to infect red blood cells. The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) at the end of 2019 and the global spread and elevation to pandemic status has resulted in significant morbidity and …