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Eyes On Malaria

Why aren’t we moving faster on malaria vaccines?

By Jonny Thomson October 18, 2023   The WHO says the vaccine is a breakthrough – but it will have to wait. With so much attention focused on the explosion of progress in artificial intelligence, you’d be forgiven for missing just how incredible the progress has been in medical science, too. […]

Malaria deaths reduce in Eastern Region

The Eastern Region recorded a total of 14 deaths from malaria in 2022 as against 29 deaths recorded in 2021. There was a total of 31,489 admissions at the various health facilities across the districts in the region due to malaria in 2021 and 36,285 admissions of malaria in 2022. […]

Malaria vaccine shows promise against relapsing form of the disease

An experimental vaccine that targets a malaria parasite behind a relapsing form of the disease has shown some promise in a small trial. Researchers tested two vaccine candidates, finding that neither had any serious safety concerns, but only one induced a substantial immune response. The parasite Plasmodium vivax is the second most common cause […]

18 million doses of first-ever malaria vaccine allocated to 12 African countries for 2023–2025: Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

Twelve countries across different regions in Africa are set to receive 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine over the next two years. The roll out is a critical step forward in the fight against one of the leading causes of death on the continent. The allocations have been determined […]

Malaria Elimination: Low Awareness of Available Testing at Pharmacies at Local Level

One of the key strategic interventions by the National Malaria Elimination Programme to get rid of malaria in Ghana is the triple ‘T’ which mandates healthcare facilities to ‘Test, Treat and Track’ malaria cases reported to them. Under this initiative, persons who complain of malaria or show signs of the […]

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Maiden West Africa Network for Infectious Diseases symposium begins in Accra

The maiden West Africa Network for Infectious Diseases (WANIDA) sym­posium, seeking to brainstorm on how to address health challenges in Africa is underway in Accra. The three-day event is on the theme “Infectious diseases in an era of global change: Innovative multidisciplinary pan-African efforts towards building capacity in Africa.” It […]

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Ghana records reduction in malaria cases, deaths in 2022

Ghana recorded a total of 3,745,398 confirmed malaria infections from January to September 2022 out of 7,749,627 tests conducted, data from the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) has shown. The figure shows a decrease in malaria infection as compared to 4,133,020 malaria cases recorded in the same period in 2021. […]

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Threat of malaria requires urgent response

New findings published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its annual World Malaria Report show that the disease remains a deadly threat to millions worldwide. The RBM Partnership to End Malaria calls on country leaders, donors, and policy makers to increase their malaria efforts and get the fight against […]

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3-dose malaria vaccine set to revolutionise malaria prevention in Africa

New research has confirmed that a three-dose malaria vaccine is both safe and effective in West African adults, including those previously exposed to malaria. Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) led work on the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) vaccine. The clinical trial, […]

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Malaria deaths stabilise amid concerns about treatment – WHO

The World Health Organization says that malaria cases and deaths remained stable last year, after a worrying rise during the first year of the Covid pandemic. But, in its world malaria report released on Thursday, the WHO warned of new challenges including mosquito resistance to insecticides and parasite resistance to […]