Malaria Stories

Using weather data to defeat malaria

The connection between climate and health is undeniable. Changing weather patterns increase transmission risk of mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria. By using data to time and target interventions, we can turn weather obstacles into opportunities.  A changing climate is a threat to human health. Increases in severe weather events – like cyclones Fani in East India …

Don’t divert malaria funds into other activities as we fight COVID-19 – Stakeholders told

As the world commemorates this year’s World Malaria Day (WMD) tomorrow, April 25, a call has been made to all stakeholders not to divert funds set aside for activities such as prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control of malaria into other activities since this would have serious implications for the elimination of malaria or even lead …

Low-cost imaging system poised to provide automatic mosquito tracking

Mosquito-transmitted diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response. “A remote system like ours can …

Genetic variation not an obstacle to gene drive strategy to control mosquitoes

New research from entomologists at UC Davis clears a potential obstacle to using CRISPR-Cas9 “gene drive” technology to control mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. The idea is to create genetically engineered mosquitoes (GEM) that either fail to reproduce, reducing the mosquito population, or that resist carrying viruses and parasites …

Novel compound sparks new malaria treatment hope

A novel class of antimalarial compounds that can effectively kill malaria parasites has been developed by Australian and US researchers. In preclinical testing, the compounds were effective against different species of malaria parasites, including the deadly Plasmodium falciparum, and at multiple stages of the parasite lifecycle. The compounds target a previously unexplored parasite pathway and …

Is your coffee contributing to malaria risk?

Is your coffee contributing to malaria risk?

Researchers at the University of Sydney and University of São Paulo, Brazil, estimate 20 percent of the malaria risk in deforestation hot spots is driven by the international trade of exports including: coffee, timber, soybean, cocoa, wood products, palm oil, tobacco, beef and cotton. “What does this mean for affluent consumers?” asks senior author Professor …

Experimental anti-malarial drug shows promise in first clinical trial

Experimental anti-malarial drug shows promise in first clinical trial

A fast-acting anti-malarial compound discovered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was well tolerated and showed promising anti-malarial effects in the first study in humans. The findings appear online first this week in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. “The results support further development of the compound SJ733 as a fast-acting component of combination anti-malarial therapy,” …