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WHO report reviews 10 years of anti-malarial drug resistance

WHO report reviews 10 years of anti-malarial drug resistance

Because of the small amount of available treatments, anti-malarial drug resistance is a significant threat. The World Health Organization released a new report summarizing WHO surveillance of antimalarial-drug resistance from 2010 to 2019.There are currently only a small number of drugs in use to treat malaria, a deadly disease which 1.1 billion people are at high risk of …

Study reveals differences in malaria clearance between males and females

Study reveals differences in malaria clearance between males and females

Females are able to clear asymptomatic malaria infections at a faster rate than their male counterparts, says a study published today in eLife. The findings, originally posted on the preprint server medRxiv*, suggest that biological sex-based differences are an important factor for epidemiologists to consider in the human response to malaria parasites. Malaria remains a significant …

Children can be stealth superspreaders of malaria to mosquitoes

Children can be stealth superspreaders of malaria to mosquitoes

Children infected with malaria can become “superspreaders” and pass the parasite to droves of local mosquitoes, even if the kids never develop symptoms of the disease, a new study suggests.  Since this disease is passed from humans to mosquitoes and then back again, rather than from person to person, this finding is worrisome. If malaria goes untreated …

Africa: How Can Countries Continue to Combat Malaria During a Pandemic?

Africa: How Can Countries Continue to Combat Malaria During a Pandemic?

With medical disruptions due to COVID-19 likely to kill more people in Africa than the disease itself, two countries provide interesting lessons. With COVID-19 cases in Africa reaching 1,904,820 with over 45,954 deaths, the dangers the pandemic poses are clear. At the same time, it is important to recognise the increased risks posed by one of the continent’s most …

A new study shows malaria’s often neglected toll on a vulnerable population: Pregnant women

A new study shows malaria’s often neglected toll on a vulnerable population: Pregnant women

Tens of thousands of women die and hundreds of thousands of babies are stillborn due to malaria. We can do better. Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, especially young children. It’s also exceptionally dangerous to another at-risk group: pregnant women. Researchers have estimated that 10 to 20 percent of maternal mortality in …

Antimalarial Drugs Market: Rise in Prevalence of Malaria Across the World Boosts Demand

Antimalarial Drugs Market: Rise in Prevalence of Malaria Across the World Boosts Demand

Antimalarial drugs are agents that are used to treat malaria. If an infected anopheles mosquito bites a person, then the infection of a certain protozoan is transmitted to the person. This condition is known as malaria. A malarial patient experiences anemia, chills, and fever. Malaria can be prevented by the use of antimalarial drugs as …

Understanding malaria

Understanding malaria

Cerebral malaria is a severe type of malaria that affects the brain. It causes around 400 000 deaths each year, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and in children under five years old. To help understand – and ultimately to fight – this disease, EMBL researchers from the Bernabeu group at EMBL Barcelona have created in vitro …

UK government offers media freedom fellowship [Sub-Saharan Africa]

UK government offers media freedom fellowship [Sub-Saharan Africa]

Media professionals with demonstrable leadership skills can apply for this fellowship in London. The University of Westminster hosts the Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF), funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Fellows will participate in the eight-week program titled “New Media for a New Africa: Freedom of Speech, Economic Prosperity and Good Governance,” which combines journalism values and …