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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 …

Trauma and resilience workshops for freelance journalists [Worldwide]

Trauma and resilience workshops for freelance journalists [Worldwide]

Freelance journalists worldwide can apply for free online workshops on trauma and building resilience. Rory Peck Trust (RPT), in partnership with Facebook, is offering trauma and resilience workshops for freelance journalists.  The workshops are a part of the RPT Resilience Programme and will be delivered by Dart Centre Europe. The workshops provide freelance journalists with …

Africa: Is Africa Ready to Produce a Malaria Vaccine?

Africa: Is Africa Ready to Produce a Malaria Vaccine?

BioNTech wants to continue the success of its COVID-19 vaccine and use mRNA technology to develop shots against malaria. But is production in Africa realistic? There’s a ray of hope in the fight against tropical diseases: German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said it wants to develop vaccines against malaria and tuberculosis. Clinical trials are expected to …