Archive for October, 2021

Accelerated regime of preventative drugs could prevent malaria infection and deaths in Africa

Malaria infection and deaths could be avoided by more than half a million young children thanks to an accelerated regime of preventative drugs being rolled in four African countries, says global health agency Unitaid. The intervention, known as the Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in infants-plus (IPTi+), builds upon a World Health Organization (WHO) recommended …

Sneaky Mutations Are Helping Malaria to Avoid Detection And Spread in The Body

Malaria still relentlessly plagues parts of the world. It killed more than 400,000 people in 2019, most of them babies and toddlers. In areas of Africa, it’s even rivaling COVID-19 deaths, where the coronavirus pandemic has severely interrupted prevention and treatment efforts. Now, to make matters worse, it looks as if a new strain of the primary parasite responsible for the …

Three things you should know about mosquitoes

Three things you should know about mosquitoes

For thousands of years malaria was a mysterious illness affecting people across the globe. Even the name of the disease, ‘malaria’, derived from two Italian words meaning ‘bad air’, highlights the confusion around the transmission of this disease. It was only following the discovery of malaria parasites in the gut of Anopheles mosquitoes in India …