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Ugandan progress offers hope in malaria fight

Ugandan progress offers hope in malaria fight

Between 2017 and 2018, the number of malaria cases in Uganda fell by 1.5 million due, in part, to a renewed focus on tackling the disease in high burden areas. Dr Dorothy Echodu, CEO of Pilgrim Africa, an NGO based in Uganda and the US, is the architect of one successful effort to dramatically reduce malaria …

Malaria elimination agenda must include the media

Malaria elimination agenda must include the media

COVID-19: a threat against malaria? The fight against malaria must continue with all the energy needed to kick out the disease. But the big question is how differently should we approach the fight this time around? With collapsed economies and distorted global health architecture, situation in post COVID-19 will need a revised approach to keep …

GHANA: NGO adopts community engagement strategy to fight malaria

GHANA: NGO adopts community engagement strategy to fight malaria

Positive Action Against Poverty (PAAP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has adopted community engagement as a strategy to eliminate malaria in the Upper West Region. The NGO is therefore facilitating the involvement of community leaders, volunteers, pregnant women, religious groups, and schools among others in discussion on malaria prevention solutions to whip up community’s interest and …

Malaria parasite ticks to its own internal clock

Malaria parasite ticks to its own internal clock

When a person gets malaria, a rhythmic dance takes place inside their body. The disease’s telltale signs — cyclical fevers and chills — are caused by successive broods of parasites multiplying in sync inside red blood cells, then bursting out in unison every few days. Now, a study shows that even when grown outside the …

Coronavirus hampers Africa’s fight against malaria, TB

Coronavirus hampers Africa’s fight against malaria, TB

African countries have imposed tough measures against COVID-19. But it may come at the cost of other untreated diseases such as malaria and AIDS. As early as February – when the coronavirus outbreak was still almost exclusively restricted to China –experts were raising the alarm: Once the virus arrived in Africa, the continent’s poor healthcare system meant …

Four ways to combat Malaria in the time of COVID-19

Four ways to combat Malaria in the time of COVID-19

Globally there are more than 5.1 million cases of COVID-19 with most cases currently in high income countries. The U.S. and Europe are responsible for 72% of COVID-19 cases, 63% of recoveries and 82% of deaths. In contrast, World Health organization estimates there were 228 million cases of malaria and 405,000 deaths due to malaria worldwide in 2018. Africa …

Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites

Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites

Two clinical trials, in which subjects were vaccinated with genetically engineered Plasmodium parasites and later exposed to the malaria-causing microbe, showed the vaccines to be safe with promising, but not ideal, efficacy. Results of the trials are published in two papers in Science Translational Medicine today (May 20). “Within the malaria control and elimination space, we do need additional tools, so . …