Malaria Stories

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 …

Agreement to increase malaria vaccine in Africa sealed

Agreement to increase malaria vaccine in Africa sealed

A British pharmaceutical firm, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has signed a product transfer agreement for malaria vaccine with an Indian firm, Bharat Biotech (BBIL), to boost the vaccine access in the whole of Africa. GSK signed the agreement in collaboration with PATH, a global entity dedicated to ending health inequity. The agreement will facilitate seamless transfer of …

Countries rise to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19, yet pandemic looms large over a malaria-free future

Countries rise to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19, yet pandemic looms large over a malaria-free future

Despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world held the line in protecting historic gains against malaria this year, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, preserving fragile health systems, and keeping malaria at bay in countries with zero local cases. However, long-term success in reaching a malaria-free world within a generation is …