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Online violence, fueled by disinformation and political attacks, deeply harms women journalists

Online violence, fueled by disinformation and political attacks, deeply harms women journalists

This research was co-written by Julie Posetti, Nermine Aboulez, Kalina Bontcheva, Jackie Harrison and Silvio Waisbord. An alarmingly high number of women journalists are now targets of online attacks associated with orchestrated digital disinformation campaigns. The impacts include self-censorship, retreat from visibility, an increased risk of physical injury, and a serious mental health toll. The main …

2020 WORLD MALARIA REPORT PUBLISHED

2020 WORLD MALARIA REPORT PUBLISHED

The World malaria report, published annually, provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. The report tracks investments in malaria programmes and research as well as progress across all intervention areas: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance. It also includes dedicated chapters on malaria elimination and on key threats in the fight against …

WHO calls on global health partners to step up the fight against malaria

WHO calls on global health partners to step up the fight against malaria

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year. A better targeting of interventions, new tools and increased funding are needed to change the global trajectory of the disease …

WHO: Coronavirus Threatens to Reverse Gains Made in Malaria Control

WHO: Coronavirus Threatens to Reverse Gains Made in Malaria Control

On World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up the fight against malaria, saying the coronavirus pandemic threatens to reverse important gains made in efforts to control this deadly disease.  Since 2000, the U.N.’s World Health Organization reports 1.5 billion malaria cases and 7.6 million deaths have been averted …

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 …