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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 . …

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial begins in the UK

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial begins in the UK

A trial to see whether two anti-malarial drugs could prevent Covid-19 has begun in Brighton and Oxford. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo will be given to more than 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. All the participants are staff who are in contact with Covid-19 patients. US President Donald Trump was …

Namibia’s north see surge in malaria deaths

Namibia’s north see surge in malaria deaths

Namibia has reported a sharp increase in malaria cases and deaths in the north of the country amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the country’s health minister said Tuesday. While the country is dealing with COVID-19, it is also faced with other health challenges, such as malaria, hepatitis E and tuberculosis, said Minister of Health and …

Why malaria treatment shouldn’t take a back seat to COVID-19

Why malaria treatment shouldn’t take a back seat to COVID-19

Ridding the world of malaria in the near future is a very ambitious goal. Efforts to achieve it have already been weakened by governments shifting resources from malaria control and elimination initiatives to the fight against COVID-19. And those efforts were recently dealt another sucker-punch. Catharina Boehme is the chief executive of the Foundation for Innovative New …

African Leaders Call for Immediate Action to Save Additional Lives From Malaria in the Face of COVID-19

African Leaders Call for Immediate Action to Save Additional Lives From Malaria in the Face of COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE By Nigeria Health Watch 11 May 2020 – In response to mounting concerns around the impact of COVID-19 on malaria elimination efforts across the African continent, the African members of the End Malaria Council have released a joint statement and a four-pronged action plan calling on African and global leaders to act quickly to: protect the …

Malaria risk is highest in early evening

Malaria risk is highest in early evening

ide-scale use of insecticide-treated bed nets has led to substantial declines in the global burden of malaria in recent years; however, evidence from a number of locations suggests that mosquitoes might be changing their biting behavior in order to avoid contact with these nets,” said Matthew Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, Penn …