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Côte d’Ivoire receives first life-saving malaria vaccines

Cote D’ivoire received its first malaria vaccines this week, the government announced on Saturday that Malaria kills four people every day in the country, the most of them are tiny children. The government reported that 656,600 pills have been received, which will “initially vaccinate 250,000 children aged between 0 and 23 […]

Lagos,Nigeria: Dirty drainages drive malaria, diarrhoea infections in communities

De-silting of drainages in preparation for the rainy season, over the years has, to a great extent, helped rid Lagos of mosquitoes, thereby, reducing the burden of malaria and diarrhoeal infection on an already frail healthcare system. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA writes that dirty drainage channels remain a significant factor amplifying the risk […]

AI revolutionizes malaria diagnosis with 97.57% accuracy using EfficientNet

In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers proposed using an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that uses deep learning to examine red blood cell images in blood smears for the timely detection of malaria. Background The World Health Organization report from 2015 shows that in subtropical and […]

A Monoclonal Antibody Could Help Fight Malaria

Malaria is the world’s leading parasite-related endemic disease. The African region alone accounts for 94% of cases. Infections caused by Plasmodium falciparum, the deadly species, are the most common and severe. Furthermore, 80% of deaths occur in children younger than 5 years. Between 2000 and 2015, the incidence and mortality rates associated […]

Medications for TB and Malaria to be cleared from port next week

The Ministry of Health has assured yet again that it will clear the TB and Malaria medications stuck at the port within the next week. 118 containers of essential malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV medications, which arrived in October last year, have been delayed due to outstanding demurrage and third-party charges […]

Lessons from COVID-19 has reactivated efforts to innovate to eradicate malaria

One hundred health experts from 36 countries from Africa, Europe and the Americas are attended a week-long leadership development course on the “Science of defeating malaria” at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) at Sokode-Lokoe, near Ho, in the Volta Region. The event, which began last Monday, is […]

U.S. Supports Insecticide Spraying Campaign to Protect Over One Million Ghanaians from Malaria

The United States Government, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), is providing $6 million (87 million Ghana Cedis) for spraying households against malaria-carrying mosquitoes in northern Ghana, known as indoor residual spraying (IRS). This year’s spraying campaign covered over 440,000 households across 10 districts in the Northern and North […]

Ghana: Vectron T500 innovated to support malaria resistance management deployed

A new Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) product for malaria control has been deployed in Ghana to support the country’s malaria elimination efforts. The innovation, Vectron T500, produced by Mitsui Chemicals Crop and Life Solutions, is a non-repellent, odourless and stainless formulation with low toxicity to mammals, and has a different […]

FDA mollify concerns over AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine safety in Ghana

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has reaffirmed its commitment to monitoring the safety of all vaccines used in Ghana, including COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA says that the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for AstraZeneca vaccines which expired in May 2023, coincided with the World Health Organization listing COVID-19 as no […]

Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future

The relationship between climate and malaria transmission is complex and has been the subject of intense study for some three decades. Mosquito vector populations sufficient to maintain malaria transmission occur within a particular range of temperatures and humidity that are suitable for their survival and breeding. The parasite also needs […]