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Swiss scientist’s work could stop malaria – but how soon?

When Jeremy Herren left Switzerland to start a bold new research project in Kenya, not many people thought he would succeed. Now, after six years of research, he and his team have announced a breakthrough in the fight against malaria. But it could take years to find out whether the […]

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South Africa’s first patients ready to start Covid-19 drug trials

– The World Health Organisation (WHO) has resumed trials of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine – Studies were halted after research papers claiming that the drug was unsafe were published – The papers were retracted after the authors were unable to verify data allowing the trials to resume Global trials of […]

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Coronavirus vaccine developers expect ‘two-dose regimen,’ report says

The coronavirus vaccine may not grant full immunity after just one dose, according to a new report. When a vaccine proves effective, there’s a good chance it will entail a two-dose series, USA Today reported. Shots may need to be administered one month apart, with a booster following several years […]

Ugandan progress offers hope in malaria fight

Between 2017 and 2018, the number of malaria cases in Uganda fell by 1.5 million due, in part, to a renewed focus on tackling the disease in high burden areas. Dr Dorothy Echodu, CEO of Pilgrim Africa, an NGO based in Uganda and the US, is the architect of one successful […]

Advancing promising science to fight the scourge of malaria

Malaria continues to kill around 750 children under the age of five every single day. These young children are indeed the most vulnerable group affected by malaria accounting for 67% of all malaria deaths worldwide in 2018. (WMR2019,WHO) One thing is certain, says Holm Keller, Managing Director of the EU […]

Malaria elimination agenda must include the media

COVID-19: a threat against malaria? The fight against malaria must continue with all the energy needed to kick out the disease. But the big question is how differently should we approach the fight this time around? With collapsed economies and distorted global health architecture, situation in post COVID-19 will need […]

GHANA: NGO adopts community engagement strategy to fight malaria

Positive Action Against Poverty (PAAP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has adopted community engagement as a strategy to eliminate malaria in the Upper West Region. The NGO is therefore facilitating the involvement of community leaders, volunteers, pregnant women, religious groups, and schools among others in discussion on malaria prevention solutions to […]

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COVID-19 Threatens to Derail Fight Against HIV, TB and Malaria

BY PETER SANDS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GLOBAL FUND IN Voices ON 27 May 2020 The following is a heavily abridged version of Peter Sands’ remarks to the 43rd Board Meeting 14-15 May – the first Board meeting to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 ravages the world, […]

Malaria parasite ticks to its own internal clock

When a person gets malaria, a rhythmic dance takes place inside their body. The disease’s telltale signs — cyclical fevers and chills — are caused by successive broods of parasites multiplying in sync inside red blood cells, then bursting out in unison every few days. Now, a study shows that […]

Coronavirus: Why Nigeria continues to use hydroxychloroquine despite WHO advice

Even though say World Health Organization don stop testing of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as possible treatment for coronavirus, Director General of di National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) wey dey torchlight melecine matter for Nigeria, Dr Mojisola Adeyeye say di kontri go kontinu clinical trials of […]