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An epidemiologist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Pro-fessor Fred Binka, has advised government to commit more resources to fight malaria. According to him, the “magic bullet” to achieve malaria elimination or eradication was a strong political commitment. He gave the advice yesterday during the Malaria Elimination Think Tank Agenda...

A primary objective of the MVIP pilot programme was to assess the feasibility of administering the recommended 4 doses of the RTS,S malaria vaccine to young children in routine use in African settings. When pilot introductions started in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in 2019 there had never been a childhood vaccine for malaria, and its...

In a 2019 vector alert, WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination – particularly in Africa, where the disease hits hardest. A new WHO initiative, launched today, aims to stop the further spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region. Originally native to parts of South Asia and the...

First African Manufactured Medicine to Prevent Malaria in Pregnant Women and Infants Quality-Approved by WHO

Kenyan manufacturer Universal Corporation LTD (UCL) has become the first African manufacturer to be issued a World Health Organization quality certification of a key antimalarial drug used to prevent infection in pregnant women and children. This certification, known as prequalification, will enable UCL to support regional efforts to combat malaria through local production of high-quality sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP)....