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In a 2019 vector alert, WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination – particularly in Africa, where the disease hits hardest. A new WHO initiative, launched today, aims to stop the further spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region. Originally native to parts of South Asia and the...

Africa marks the fourth anniversary of the Zero Malaria Starts with Me movement, with 25 countries now part of the grassroots-led campaign to accelerate action on the continent to end malaria. The anniversary follows significant commitments from endemic countries at the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth...

A promising malaria vaccine was up to 80% effective at preventing the disease in young children who received a booster shot one year after their initial dose, exceeding a World Health Organization (WHO) target of 75% efficacy. The clinical-trial results, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on 7 September1, add to data released last year, and show that...

First African Manufactured Medicine to Prevent Malaria in Pregnant Women and Infants Quality-Approved by WHO

Kenyan manufacturer Universal Corporation LTD (UCL) has become the first African manufacturer to be issued a World Health Organization quality certification of a key antimalarial drug used to prevent infection in pregnant women and children. This certification, known as prequalification, will enable UCL to support regional efforts to combat malaria through local production of high-quality sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP)....

Journalism today is more necessary than ever, as countries’ politics become increasingly polarized, the COVID-19 pandemic lingers on, and the global climate crisis intensifies. Telling the stories of the communities affected by these global developments is vital. However, as social media encourages tribalism and the spread of false information, and unethical or clickbait publications vie for your attention, it’s understandable that...

Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transmitted by certain types of mosquitoes. Despite various prevention efforts — from insecticide-treated bed nets to disease-preventing medications – malaria continues to exact a huge toll. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Researchers are reporting early, but encouraging, findings on a potential...

Outbreak at a glance Two fatal cases of Marburg virus disease (MVD) were reported from Ashanti region, Ghana. On 28 June 2022, these cases were notified to health authorities as suspected viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) cases and tested positive for Marburg virus on 1 July 2022. An outbreak of MVD has only been reported once...

Political commitment key to eliminating malaria in Ghana, Africa

“Malaria elimination is feasible in Ghana.” Professor Fred Newton Binka, the celebrated Ghanaian Epidemiologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Ghana’s University of Health and Allied Sciences, who made this statement is convinced that Ghana and many other African nations have the technical knowledge and tools to eliminate malaria. For him, what will now be needed to...

Educated persons in Ghana more likely to take herbal medicine – Research reveals

‘Nibima’, ‘Taabea’, ‘Adutwumwaa bitters’ among others are highly touted for their antimalarial prowess. But concerns have been raised about its safety. It is therefore assumed many educated folks would then be deterred from gulping down herbal medicines. Surprisingly, that is not the case in a joint study by the University of Saarland, Germany and the...