Malaria Stories

AGAMal to protect 84,984 residents in Builsa land from malaria

AGAMal to protect 84,984 residents in Builsa land from malaria

The AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (AGAMal) targets to protect residents of the Builsa area in the Upper East Region from malaria in the ongoing Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise. AGAMal is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which aims at fighting the menace of malaria in communities. In the Builsa North Municipality, the non-profit Organization is …

People shun malaria testing over ‘COVID-19 fears’

People shun malaria testing over ‘COVID-19 fears’

Speed read More than 30 per cent of Africans with fever did not seek malaria treatment in 2020 Experts blame COVID-19 lockdowns and fears of infection in healthcare facilities ‘Education programmes needed’ to end myths around infection, vaccination NAIROBI] The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented almost a third of people in Sub-Saharan Africa suffering from a …

Breakthrough Test for Malaria Developed

Breakthrough Test for Malaria Developed

After nearly a decade of research, a new test that detects the magnetic properties of malaria-infected blood could soon be used to help eliminate the mosquito-borne disease. Dr Stephan Karl, a Senior Research Fellow in Malaria and Vector Biology at James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, has led an international study …

Sustained media advocacy on malaria needed in the midst of COVID-19 and Ebola

Sustained media advocacy on malaria needed in the midst of COVID-19 and Ebola

The need for sustained media advocacy on malaria has become critical following the emergence of the COVID-19, which shares similar symptoms with malaria. There is a stronger case now for intensifying public education around malaria, with the looming danger of a potential outbreak of another deadly viral disease, Ebola, reported in Guinea, with implications for …

Be aware of the similarities between malaria and Covid-19, experts warn

Be aware of the similarities between malaria and Covid-19, experts warn

With South Africa’s intensive care units crammed full of Covid-19 patients, even as the second infection surge slowly wanes, a new warning about malaria’s starkly similar initial presenting symptoms was issued on Thursday. Professor Lucille Blumberg, epidemiology deputy director at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and a veteran of disease-outbreak monitoring and prevention issued the warning at a webinar. She …

AU chalks huge success in combating malaria amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

AU chalks huge success in combating malaria amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

President Uhuru Kenyatta, chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, announced the progress that has been made in responding to malaria amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency. The third Zero Malaria Starts With Me annual Africa Malaria Progress Report highlights the achievements, challenges, and future directions in Africa’s battle to defeat malaria. Since the launch …

Concern about increased malaria mutation, transmission

Concern about increased malaria mutation, transmission

The authors of two separate studies have expressed their concern about increasing malaria transmission potential, pointing to recent mutations against an antimalarial drug and how the mosquito’s natural blood feeding behaviour shortens the parasite’s incubation time. Drug resistance Malaria causes about 435,000 deaths each year, primarily in young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite a long-term …

Is the low incidence of COVID-19 in Africa due to prior infections with Plasmodium falciparum?

Is the low incidence of COVID-19 in Africa due to prior infections with Plasmodium falciparum?

Evidence of shared immunodominance between Plasmodium falciparum and SARS-CoV-2 may explain low COVID-19 incidence in the malaria-endemic belt of Africa, and could highlight SARS-CoV-2’s ability to infect red blood cells. The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) at the end of 2019 and the global spread and elevation to pandemic status has resulted in significant morbidity and …

Updating WHO’s global strategy for malaria

Updating WHO’s global strategy for malaria

Representatives from malaria-affected countries and partner organizations gathered on 28 January in a WHO virtual forum to share feedback and perspectives on the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030.  Inputs from a diverse group of stakeholders will be reflected in an updated strategy, which will be published in June 2021. The 15-year WHO strategy – adopted by the …

East Mamprusi Municipality; residents use Insecticide-Treated Nets to fence backyard gardens

East Mamprusi Municipality; residents use Insecticide-Treated Nets to fence backyard gardens

Backyard gardening is not a new thing in many communities in the East Mamprusi Municipality in the North East Region. However, a new development—that is, the use of Insecticides-Treated Nets (ITNs) meant to protect the residents against malaria to fence these backyard gardens are raising concerns in the domain of many health stakeholders in the …