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WHO elections

Stakes And Opportunities High For New Head Of World Health Organization

Executive Director of Malaria No More UK, James Whiting, calls on Tedros Adhanom to “seize the once in a lifetime opportunity to end malaria within a generation.” He says that there is a malaria game plan to build on the gains made and to stop malaria regaining ground; now WHO needs to lead the drive to finish off malaria for

May 25, 2017
Huffington Post

Promoting health through the life course

Malaria prevention drug improves birth outcomes in Zambia

A study recently carried out in Zambia found that a drug recommended for the prevention of malaria in pregnant women also reduces the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and reproductive tract infections. The study also found that the drug, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine can lead to improved birth outcomes. Women who received two or more doses of the drug saw their risk of experiencing stillbirth, low birth weight, preterm delivery or intrauterine growth retardation cut by 45 percent

June 23, 2017
Lusaka Times

Newly discovered malaria mechanism gives hope to pregnant women

esistance to malaria drugs means that pregnant women are unable to overcome the anaemia caused by the malaria parasite – and their babies are born undersized. A study carried out at Karolinska Institutet, however, exposes the effects of malaria in pregnant women and shows how the PTEF protein is central to the infection. The study, which is published in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology, opens the way for new malaria drugs

May 9, 2017

WHO says 69% of pregnant women lack access to preventive malaria treatment in Africa

In a statement ahead of World Malaria Day, WHO called on all malaria endemic countries in Africa to urgently improve access to preventative malaria treatment and other critical tools for pregnant women on the continent. Despite progress made in malaria prevention in pregnant women in Africa, 69% of them are still not receiving the recommended doses of intermittent treatment in pregnancy therapy required for protection against malaria infection

April 21, 2017
Financial Nigeria

WHO says 69% of pregnant women lack access to preventive malaria treatment in Africa

In a statement ahead of World Malaria Day, WHO called on all malaria endemic countries in Africa to urgently improve access to preventative malaria treatment and other critical tools for pregnant women on the continent. Despite progress made in malaria prevention in pregnant women in Africa, 69% of them are still not receiving the recommended doses of intermittent treatment in pregnancy therapy required for protection against malaria infection

April 21, 2017
Financial Nigeria

The trans women "fighting for survival" as rights crackdown continues in Tanzania

Recently 40 private drop-in clinics offering HIV/AIDS services to key populations such as gay men, transgender people and sex workers were banned by the Tanzanian government. A program supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and implemented by Save the Children to assist key populations eligible for HIV treatment in Tanzania has been put on hold. Another Global Fund grant to distribute water-based lubricants ended in December and lubricants are now banned for promoting homosexuality. The government appears unwilling or unable to tolerate education on LGBT matters and the crackdown on activists can be harsh

April 19, 2017

12,000 infants died in Odisha in 2016-17

According to data from the Odisha state health department a whopping 12,000 infants died in the state during 2016-17. The data revealed 6,500 infants died due to anaemic conditions inherited from the mother or malaria, Similarly a total of 1,600 babies died from pneumonia or sepsis, which increased during this period. The two biggest causes behind infant mortality were low birth weight and asphyxia, the data reveal, pointing to how poor nutrition is playing havoc with new born lives

April 9, 2017
Daily Pioneer

Malaria drug could cut women's risk of other infections

A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections a study shows. Results show that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine can cut the risk of gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis

April 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Malaria alert in district

The District Medical Officer (Health) issued an advisory against the outbreak of malaria in Kozhikode district after three cases of an indigenous form of the disease were reported in the city limits in the past two days. V. Jayashree, DMO, said that indigenous malaria cases were being reported from certain parts of the district for the past three years. “There is a common form of malaria found among migrant labourers who belong to other States. Another form is diagnosed among natives who return here after travelling to other places. The indigenous form is found among natives who don’t travel much”

July 21, 2017
The Hindu

Venezuela convertida en foco de enfermedades prevenibles y erradicadas

Venezuela has become the focus of outbreaks of new diseases once believed to be eradicated in the country, and others, which were very treatable, such as TB, malaria, Chagas disease, dengue and diphtheria. Now, due to the decay of its public health system which has all but broken down because of political turmoil, the breakdown of all disease prevention vaccination programmes is just a symptom of this full-scale collapse

July 10, 2017
El Carabobeno

48 malaria, 84 dengue cases in Udupi in June - Mangaluru

Deputy Commissioner G. Anuradha said that effective steps needed to be taken to check the spread of malaria in Udupi district. She was chairing a district-level Malaria Coordination Committee meeting. District Health and Family Welfare Officer Rohini told the meeting that 48 cases of malaria were recorded in the district in June, while 84 cases of dengue were recorded in the district during the same period

July 7, 2017
The Hindu

113 malaria cases set alarm bells ringing in Delhi

With monsoon approaching, people in the city have another health worry — malaria. The city has already witnessed 113 cases of the diseases, while the numbers of dengue cases have inched close to 100. According to a corporation data released on Tuesday, the number of chikungunya cases recorded stand at 149. Of the 113 people affected by malaria, 70 belonged to Delhi, while the rest were traced to other states. Officials said at least 40 malaria cases have been recorded this month alone

June 28, 2017
Times of India, The Quint, Hindustan Times

Malaria rampant, over 6k cases registered so far

The number of people landing in hospitals due to the diseases caused by the vector has increased manifold. To date, over 6,000 malaria cases have been registered in the State. The supply of mosquito nets in agency areas has not been implemented yet and fogging measures are also not being carried out on a regular basis. Malaria fevers are rampant in coastal Andhra Pradesh right from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts

June 28, 2017
New Indian Express

H1N1 claims 260 deaths in Maharashtra, Health dept yet to procure vaccine: report

The H1N1 influenza virus has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra, claiming as many as 260 lives so far, with Pune witnessing the highest number of deaths – 62 – this year, a media report said. Despite the high occurrence of deaths, state authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain. This, despite a strong recommendation by the state committee earlier this year to prevent communicable diseases

June 28, 2017
India TV

Mosquito Menace: New Species Of Deadly Mosquitoes Enters Delhi

Yet another malaria causing species of mosquitoes have arrived in the city, putting people`s lives at risk. The National Institute of Malaria Research has recently found two species of the carrier anopheles mosquito-stephensi (urban vector) and culicifacies (rural vector) circulating this year, and resurfacing after 10 years. The Municipal Corporations of Delhi have reported around 113 cases of malaria, which are racing ahead of the number of Dengue cases

June 28, 2017

‘Clean Kerala’ campaign: State government finally wakes up to over 100 fever deaths in 2017

More than 100 people have died of fever in 2017 alone, with official data from the Health Department revealing that around 14 lakh people were affected by communicable diseases this year. While 53 people have died of H1N1, there were 800 confirmed cases of swine flu. Data also showed that until June this year, there were 7,300 confirmed cases of dengue, with 13 people dying from the mosquito-borne disease. Health Department stats reveal there were 204,926 cases of Hepatitis A and B, and 295 cases of malaria. And while these numbers are only from government hospitals, the actual figures may be twice this, with a number of patients going to private hospitals in Kerala as well

June 27, 2017
The News Minute

Andhra tragedy: 16 tribals die of water borne diseases in East Godavari village

At least 16 tribals of a village in East Godavari district died of suspected water poisoning, malaria and typhoid since May 29. Andhra Pradesh Home Minister N Chinnarajappa said that a dead cow may have contaminated their primary water source. He said that nine persons died in the hamlet itself earlier, while another seven who were brought to primary health centres died in the last two weeks

June 27, 2017
Indian Express

Dealing with increasing cases of monkey malaria in humans

There are increasing reports of monkey malaria, most of which are due to P. knowlesi, and which has established itself as the fifth Plasmodium species that infects humans. It has not been determined whether P. knowlesi is naturally transmitted from one human to another by the mosquito, without the natural intermediate host (monkeys). As such, P. knowlesi is still considered a zoonotic infection. There were 4,553 and 204 cases reported from Sabah and Sarawak, and Peninsular Malaysia from 2004 to 2016 respectively. The infection has also been reported in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and China with 465, 37, 33, six, five, three, one and one cases respectively

June 25, 2017

H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria in Maharashtra

The H1N1 influenza virus which entered the list of infectious diseases with a global pandemic in 2009, has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra. In the first half of 2017 alone, 247 people died of the airborne disease in Maharashtra, including 10 in Mumbai. Three deaths occurred in the last week, two of the victims being a pregnant woman and another a TB patient. Early diagnosis is becoming an issue with doctors waiting for test results. In H1N1, however, mortality could go up to 20% if treatment has not been started in the first five days, experts said

June 24, 2017
Times of India, India TV, Indian Express

No let-up in fever cases in Kerala

The fever situation in Kerala continues to be grave with more people falling prey to dengue and other fevers. As per official figures, one person died of leptospirosis in Kozhikode district and one died of dengue in Thiruvananthapuram district on Tuesday. The day also saw an increase in dengue cases with 933 suspected cases and 170 confirmed cases in the state. While 21,000 fever cases were reported, 31 people were reported to have leptospirosis. According to the DHS figures, 56 chicken pox, 15 H1N1 and six malaria cases were reported on Tuesday from across the state

June 21, 2017
New Indian Express

488 malaria cases in 17 days of June

At a time when the civic body and the state government have intensified their efforts to destroy mosquito breeding sites and curb spread of vector-borne infections, malaria cases appear to be on the rise. According to data of the civic body, Ahmedabad registered 488 cases of malaria in the first 17 days of June. AMC health officials have also confirmed that they have received complaints of polluted water supply from at least 10 areas in the city. The weekly health report of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) states that six more cases of vector-borne infections including four cases of dengue and one each of chikungunya and falciparum malaria were also registered during this period

June 20, 2017
Times of India

'Monkey Malaria' Is Threatening Farmers in Sabah, Malaysia

Recent research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with the Department of Health at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, shows that the threat of "Monkey Malaria" to transmit to humans has increased.

June 13, 2017
The Science Times

Diarrhoea assumes epidemic scale in Gurugram, officials take urgent steps

Measures might have been taken to tackle vector-borne diseases like Dengue and Malaria but the increase in a number of cases of microbial diseases like Diarrhoea and Typhoid has become a major medical challenge in Gurugram. Even before the arrival of the monsoon, there have been over 2000 cases of diarrhoea registered in the city public hospital and a dozen of serious cases of diarrhoea are being reported daily. The district health department has tested water samples from thirteen prominent areas in the city. Shockingly out of the 75 water samples collected 40 have failed while the rest have been marked as suspect

June 13, 2017
June 12, 2017

More than 29,000 breeding sites in Ahmedabad: Survey over 10,000 malaria cases likely

At least 10,295 suspected cases of malaria and 29,402 mosquito-breeding sites were identified in Ahmedabad city during the 16-day-long anti-malaria drive that concluded on Friday. Out of the suspected malaria cases, 56 have been confirmed. Besides, two cases of falciparum malaria — a more lethal strain of malaria — and two cases of dengue have also been detected

June 11, 2017
The Indian Express

Fight against malaria begins as disease strikes two kids

The year’s first two cases of malaria have been reported in Gurugram. Both affected patients are children who have been put on radical treatment for malaria and discharged from hospital. The authorities are inspecting the areas the two cases come from and are preparing to react

June 5, 2017
Times of India
June 4, 2017
Times of India
June 5, 2017
Hindustan Times

Tripura: Water-borne diseases affect people more than malaria, over 40,000 people affected

The state of Tripura has recorded over 40,000 people affected by malaria, water-borne diseases and bacillary dysentery between the start of the year and now, although no deaths have been recorded. Water-borne diseases (13,159 patients) turn out to be a bigger villain than bacillary dysentery and malaria, with 1,081 dysentery victims and 703 malaria affected people

May 29, 2017
The Northeast Today

Malaria cases in Nagaland on increase, preventive measures to be taken

The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme said it would carry out DDT spraying as it believes it is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of malaria. It went on to say mosquitoes in Nagaland are susceptible to DDT and there is no cheap alternative to this effective chemical which can be used on a large scale

May 29, 2017
Web India 123

Aumentan casos de malaria en Bilwi y declaran estado de emergencia sanitaria en la zona

The health emergency was declared due to the high numbers of malaria cases reported turning up at health centres across the region. There are now more than 1300 confirmed cases in the city of Bilwi, and health experts say the sickness is centred on the districts of Bilwi, Rosita and Waspam – with victims originating from the Caribe Norte regional area

May 22, 2017
La Jornada

89 chikungunya cases reported so far

Delhi has already recorded 89 cases of chikungunya so far this year, while there had been no cases of the disease before July last year, according to health data released on Monday. As per this report, there were 89 cases of chikungunya, 36 cases of dengue and 15 cases of malaria as of May 13

May 16, 2017
The Hindu, Arunchal Times
May 15, 2017
Millennium Post

Malária matou 268 pessoas em três meses na província angolana do Bié

In Angola local health authorities said there have been 43,893 cases of malaria and 268 deaths in the province of Bie during the first three months of the year, this is up slightly on last year’s figures

May 15, 2017
Observador, Mundo ao Minuto, Diario Noticias

BH tem mais de 30 casos de chikungunya confirmados em 2017

Belo Horizonte health authorities said that there have been 38 confirmed cases of chikungunya in 2017 to date with 13,342 probable cases of the disease, this represents an increase of 4,373% over the same period last year. Belo Horizonte has seen 474 cases of dengue to date, with 1,580 cases still under investigation. Nine cases of Zika have been confirmed in the capital of Minas Gerais and a further 15 cases are under investigation

May 12, 2017

South Africa: Malaria Claims Lives in Gauteng, Mpumalanga

The Limpopo Department of Health confirmed there have been around 20 deaths from malaria in Gauteng and Mpumalanga over the last five months and that there have been around 950 cases of malaria reported since the start of the year. The Daily Maverick also reported that the outbreak has been aggravated by international shortages of medicines and by seasonal timing 

May 11, 2017
May 12, 2017
Enca, Health24

Alarming increase in malaria cases in Limpopo

Limpopo is experiencing an alarming increase in malaria cases. The Department of Health in Limpopo says there was a shortage of medication at some clinics, resulting in patients having to move to other areas for treatment. A spokesperson said the supply of medication was not meeting the demand so patients were moved from villages where clinics had no medication to get them to hospital

May 9, 2017
JacarandaFM, Enca, Review Online

18 dead in Namibia malaria outbreak

An outbreak of malaria blamed on flooding has left at least 18 people dead in northern Namibia. The outbreak is in the region bordering Angola and Zambia and it is the worst in recent years with the epicentre in the regions of Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohanwena, Omusati, Oshana and Zambesi with around 12,000 cases reported

May 8, 2017

La malaria se expande a más municipios en el país

Epidemiologists are predicting that Venezuela is about to see double the number of malaria cases it saw last year: 242,976 cases, as the health system breaks down with lack of affordable or available medicines, endemic hunger. The number of districts inside the country now seeing malaria outbreaks has grown by 93% on what it was 20 years ago. Bolivar state continues to be the epicentre with 59.3% of all malaria cases this year with Amazonas standing at 17.57%. What data Venezuelan health authorities have managed to collect indicates 61,737 cases, a jump of around 66% in just the first few months of the year

May 4, 2017
El Universal
May 5, 2017

Malaria cases rise 50% after delays in spraying

Good rains and hot, humid conditions have fuelled a surge in malaria cases in 2017. There were 9,478 cases of malaria identified in South Africa during the year up to the end of March, an almost 50% increase on the 6,375 cases reported in 2016, the NICD reported

May 2, 2017
Business Live

Casos de malária crescem 60% entre indígenas do Alto Rio Negro

In the last two years, malaria cases have increased by 60% among the indigenous population of the Alto Rio Negro region of Amazonas. By 2015, there were around 11,000 notified cases of malaria in the region. In 2016, the number rose to more than 17,000. Three municipalities saw the majority of these cases: Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Santa Isabel do Rio Negro and Barcelos

May 2, 2017
Radio Agencia Nacional

Let's make malaria no more

Malaysia is on high alert due to an increase in the number of malaria cases and the detection of a new malaria parasite in three villages in Kuching, Sarawak. The newly discovered malaria parasite is called Plasmodium knowleslii, which is transmitted from infected monkeys to mosquitoes and then passed on to humans

April 30, 2017

Reportan 15 casos de paludismo en el Huila

The secretary of health for Huila celebrated World Health Day by announcing the local healthcare teams have treated a further 15 fresh cases of malaria in people who have come in from the surrounding areas for help 

April 28, 2017
HSB Noticias

Cunene: Angola regista quatro milhões de casos de malária em 12 meses

The Angolan minister of health told reporters the country recorded 4m cases of malaria in the last twelve months which resulted in 15,000 deaths across the country’s 18 provinces. Malaria continues to be one of the highest causes of morbidity in the country, particularly amongst children under five and pregnant women

April 25, 2017
Agencia Angola Press, Observador, Impala

Cuanza Sul: Registado mais de 100 mil casos de malária durante o primeiro trimestre

The health coordinator in the Angolan province of Cuanza Sul said there had been 1,326 cases of malaria in the first three months of the year with 340 deaths, which is six percent lower than at the same stage last year

April 25, 2017
Agencia Angola Press

Epidemias no dan tregua en Nicaragua

In Nicaragua malaria cases continue to increase, there were 111 new cases last week, and to date there have been 1,759 malaria cases for the year – this is up on the same period in 2016 when there were 1,314 cases. There were seven deaths from pneumonia and there have been 38,039 cases so far this year. Also recorded were 41 cases of dengue and 6 cases of leptospirosos, an illness that has hit 187 people so far this year

April 25, 2017
La Prensa

Malanje: Malária faz 115 mortes em três meses na província

Around 115 people have died of malaria during the year to date in Malanje province in Angola. This mortality rate is out of 86,823 cases registered during the same period. Health authorities said last year there were 117,778 cases and 86 deaths in the same period

April 25, 2017
Agencia Angola Press

OMS: Sudán del Sur registra casi 400.000 nuevos casos de malaria en cuatro meses

WHO said that there have been 391,000 new cases of malaria with 19 deaths in South Sudan since the start of the year

April 25, 2017

349 guerrilleros y civiles están afectados por brote de malaria en zona veredal de Antioquia

349 former Colombian guerrillas and their associates have been hit by an outbreak of malaria in Carrizal, a zone northeast of Antioquia, according to local authorities, with the malaria outbreak appearing suddenly and there being 50 new cases in the last week

April 25, 2017
RCN Radio

Lunda Sul: Província considerada endémica em casos de malária

The Angolan Lunda Sul health authorities recorded 11,587 cases of malaria during the first quarter of the current year. The health team said there are many victims of malaria, though the data is still at a provisional level and numbers may increase, there are currently 19 recorded deaths

April 25, 2017
Agencia Angola Press

Virus mayaro u oropuche podría afectar a los piuranos

Piura health authorities are suggesting that an unknown virus may have become virulent since the recent floods and could be circulating. The Regional Health Directorate said it could be the Mayaro virus or Oropuche, both of which offer symptoms that are very similar to dengue

April 24, 2017
Diario Correo

Lunda-Sul: Autoridades sanitárias registam mais de 11 mil casos de malaria

Authorities in the Angolan province of Lunda-Sul said they have recorded more than 11,000 cases of malaria in the year to date. The municipality of Dala saw 1,704 cases, Muconda 1,309, Cacolo 352 cases and Saurimo the most with 7,700 cases

April 20, 2017
Agencia Angola Press

Malaria cases on the rise in Boma

The Minister of health in Boma state said that more 30 people have died of suspected malaria in a remote village since the start of April. The deaths were reported in Meun Payam, in a mountainous area close to the Ethiopian border. Despite assurances that the outbreak is in hand, the local MP said the rise in malaria cases was caused by a lack of medical services and 37 people have died, with two of them just a day earlier, with most of the victims being children

April 19, 2017
Eye Radio

César Morón, director regional de Salud: “Diariamente se reportan 300 casos probables de den...

Piura’s regional health director, Cesar Moron, said hospitals in the region are facing around 300 cases of probable dengue per day. That is to say people are arriving at hospitals with symptoms of dengue and require hospitalization and support so he considers this to be an epidemic

April 16, 2017
Diario Correo
April 15, 2017
El Comercio

Zika attack - Almost 8,000 suspected cases of the virus in JA 15 months

Jamaican health officials have recorded almost 8,000 notifications of suspected cases of zika virus in the country in the period January 2016 to march 2017. The Sunday Gleaner saw figures which said 7,767 (77%) were suspected cases of zika but only 203 confirmed cases of the virus have been officially recorded

April 16, 2017
Jamaica Gleaner

Reduzem casos de malária em Nampula Diarreias matam trinta e uma pessoas em 3 meses na Zambézi...

Diarrhoea has killed 31 people in the last three months in Zambezia Province in Mozambique, though the number of malaria cases is down on last year’s figures

April 14, 2017
Televisao de Mocambique

Alarm as 100 malaria patients treated at MTRH

At least 100 people have been treated for malaria at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret in the past month, raising fears there could be an outbreak of the disease in the region. The Uasin Gishu County authorities confirmed the cases and says measures are being put into place to treat the infected

April 11, 2017
Daily Nation
April 12, 2017
East African Business News

Hundreds dead in Zimbabwe malaria outbreak

A malaria outbreak linked to devastating floods has killed about 200 people in beleaguered Zimbabwe. The 194 casualties have been recorded from a cumulative figure of 134 223 reported cases since the flooding began in January. The areas suffering the aftermath of flooding meanwhile are at risk of outbreaks of the typhoid situation currently tormenting the capital Harare and nearby districts where five deaths have been recorded from over 1 900 cases.

April 8, 2017
April 9, 2017
Sunday News

Karnataka: Malaria spread in 20 districts, spreading at an alarming rate!

Malaria is spreading across northern Karnataka with health officials saying it is to be found in around 20 districts and is spreading alarmingly

April 1, 2017
The Sisat Daily, Udayavani, India.com, Dot Emirates

Cunene: Autoridades sanitárias registam aumento de casos de malária

The Angolan province of Cunene has seen 10,037 cases of malaria with 46 deaths in the first two months of this year, against 7,455 malaria cases last year

March 30, 2017
Agencia Angola Press, Portal de Angola

UN: Malaria outbreak kills over 4 000 in Burundi this year

An outbreak of malaria has killed over 4,000 people in Burundi so far this year, the UN said, a dramatic rise over the 700 victims the government announced just two weeks ago

March 29, 2017
News24, Washington Post, Expresso, Today Nigeria

Sokoto state govt treats 10,000 meningitis, malaria patients in 9 days ―Commissioner

The Sokoto State Government in Nigeria says it has treated no fewer than 10,000 meningitis and malaria patients since March 20th following the announcement of a high state of alert in the health sector

March 29, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, Business Day

Gantsi district has recorded 16 malaria cases with a further 44 suspected

In Botswana, the Gantsi district said it has recorded 16 malaria cases with a further suspected 44 cases. The affected settlements include; Qabo, Grrotlagte, D’kar and D’kar farms 

March 29, 2017

Thousands afflicted by malaria

The Health Minister for Namibia said 11,902 people had contracted malaria in Namibia and 18 had died of the disease since January this year. This figure is an increase of 5,402 since the last figure (6,500) was given by the health ministry earlier this month

March 29, 2017
Namibian, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation- NBC

Zimbabwe floods 'cause spike in malaria cases'

Health authorities in Zimbabwe are stepping up the distribution of anti-malarial drugs after 151 malaria deaths were recorded during the last two months. Overall, the health ministry said, there have been 89,261 cases of malaria recorded. The regional outbreak is due to the incessant rains in recent months

March 27, 2017
News 24, Koaci.com, Enca, Africa News

Malaria cases rise in Okavango

The North West District has been hard hit by a malaria epidemic, with 670 recorded cases and five deaths since the beginning of the rainy season 

March 22, 2017
Botswana Daily News
March 20, 2017

Malária já matou quase 300 pessoas este ano

Statistics released by the Ministry of Health indicate that since the beginning of 2017 there has been 1.4m malaria cases with 288 deaths, compared with 1.3m cases and 234 deaths during the same period last year

March 21, 2017
Jornal Noticias

Illegal gold mining in Venezuela causing deaths, malaria, gang fights and deforestation

A three-year recession in Venezuela, paired with rampant inflation and food shortages, has prompted many to turn to illegal gold mining to get basic supplies in an overpriced black market. It is estimated that around 100,000 people are involved in illegal mining, with many sites primarily in mafia hands. However, malaria has abandoned the remote jungle areas and is now spreading at rates not seen in Venezuela for 75 years. Illegal miners are catching malaria by the tens of thousands it is reported

March 21, 2017
Mining, International Business Times

Zim issues new malaria alert

Zimbabwe is finding it difficult to contain disease outbreaks in the country with health officials reporting 89,000 new cases of malaria and 151 malaria related deaths in the past two months

March 18, 2017
Daily News

Mosquitos infectados para atacar dengue alborotan polémica en Medellín

GM mosquitoes which have been bred to attack dengue and other diseases by the University of Antioquia in Colombia are being released in an experiment to see if they can control the mosquito borne viruses affecting the district. The project is facing some criticism as it appears to not be following WHO guidelines and using smaller scale studies, according to its critics

March 16, 2017

More than 7,000 cases of malaria have been reported in northern regions of Namibia

More than 7,000 cases of malaria have been reported in northern regions of Namibia, so far this year. The Kavango, Zambesi and Ohangwena regions are most affected

March 15, 2017
NBC Namibia
March 14, 2017
Xinhuanet, Livefeeds.net

The Botswana Health ministry said ‘the country is experiencing a high level of malaria transmi...

The Botswana Health ministry said ‘the country is experiencing a high level of malaria transmission following recent heavy rains. There has been an increase in the number of malaria cases in areas such as Okavango, Ngami and Gantsi’

March 14, 2017
March 15, 2017
Agence Press Africaine
March 14, 2017
The Voice

Autoridades de salud advierten de aumento de malaria en Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, heath authorities (MINSA) are warning about an increase in malaria cases across the country. To date, there have been 1,200 malaria cases being reported at a rate of about 17 per day. During the last week, there were 112 new cases, bringing the total up 1200. This is a 21.7% increase on cases reported at the same time last year

March 14, 2017
Vida y Estilo
March 13, 2017
Diario Las Americas

In Africa, Scientists Are Preparing to Use Gene Drives to End Malaria

In Burkina Faso, Mali and Uganda the groundwork is being laid for a powerful kind of experiment. A project is underway to release mosquitoes that have been genetically programmed to drive themselves and their malaria-producing brethren towards extinction

March 14, 2017
MIT Technology Review, Science Slashdot, Stat News

Burundi's government says malaria kills over 700 this year

Burundi’s government says malaria has killed more than 700 people this year and the country is facing an epidemic. The DRC province of Kongo Central saw 40 deaths from malaria out of 19,845 cases reported. There is mounting concern over a possible malaria outbreak in Limpopo, though the health authorities there say the situation is under control. The press in Venezuela reported that Nueva Esparta state had 15 fresh cases of malaria. Malaria patients in Odisha were treated with expired saline at the Mayurbhanj Community Health Centre

March 13, 2017
March 11, 2017
Agence Congolaise de Presse
March 8, 2017
March 10, 2017
Odisha TV

Burundi declares malaria epidemic

Burundi’s Health Minister said ‘more than 3,700 people have died since the end of 2016. There has been a 13% increase in cases related to malaria. The situation is further compounded by climate change and prolonged drought leading to people going without food.’ Deutsche Welle also added that malaria has increased in Rwanda, with nearly 700,000 cases nationwide registered up to last November

March 13, 2017
East African, Red Pepper
March 15, 2017
Deutsche Welle
March 14, 2017
Citizen, Iwacu Burundi, GBC Ghana, Voice of America

No malaria drugs in Malawi’s hospitals

Malawi24 reports that ‘despite the fact that malaria accounts for 6.81% of deaths in the country, public hospitals have run out of drugs that treat the disease’ (

March 9, 2017
Malawi24, Africa News, AllAfrica.com

Health Minister announces malaria outbreak in northern Namibia

In Namibia, the Health and Social Services Minister announced ‘there has been an outbreak of malaria in the north of the country’ with the Kavango East and West regions being the hardest hit so far, with 3,881 cases reported and it has already claimed thirteen lives

March 8, 2017
NBC.na, Xinhuanet, Nan.ng, NBC.na

Two malaria deaths in Pretoria

There have been two malaria deaths in Pretoria. The NICD said neither person had travelled to a known malaria transmission area and they are investigating the cases 

March 7, 2017
The New Age

Another little sucker is spreading malaria in South Africa

A new species of mosquito has been implicated in spreading malaria in South Africa. Two Anopheles vaneedeni females, from Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal were caught by a team from Wits Research Institute for Malaria. They were found to be carrying the most dangerous form of the disease

March 7, 2017
The Sowetan , Times Live, Africa News

128 cases of waterborne diseases in Ahmedabad

Around 128 cases of waterborne disease were reported in Ahmedabad, up to the end of last week, according to data provided by the local health department 

March 7, 2017
Times of India

Com mais de 140 casos de suspeita de dengue, Ji-Paraná entra em alerta

Globo Brazil reports that there are more than 140 suspected cases of dengue fever (30 confirmed) in Ji-Parana and the city is on a state of alert for more, with 19 suspected zika cases and a further 15 chikungunya

March 6, 2017

Burundi: Malaria - Déni d'une crise par le gouvernement burundais

The Burundi government is refusing to ask for international aid despite several MP’s advising it to do so. A WHO report in January said the malaria situation in Burundi could end up being worse than last year

March 6, 2017
allafrica.com, Yaga-Burundi.com

Malaria en Venezuela logró cifra récord de casos en 2016

The Latin American press reported that Venezuela tops the list of the 8 countries with the highest jump in malaria cases. It says around 241,000 cases of malaria were reported in the country during 2016

March 5, 2017
Entorno Inteligente, La Patilla
March 1, 2017
Cronica Uno

Ecuador: Casos de dengue y zika con repunte en últimas semanas en Guayaquil

Cases of dengue and Zika have leapt in recent weeks in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil. Dengue cases grew by 11.3% while cases of zika shot up by 150% in Zone 8 

March 5, 2017
Entorno Inteligente

Dengue strain associated with severe illness identified

A strain of dengue, not known to be common a decade ago, is behind the most severe cases of illness in Telangana according to researchers from the University of Hyderabad, who sequenced the virus’s genome

March 4, 2017
The Hindu

Rápido aumento de dengue en Boquerón

The western region of Paraguay, Boqueron, said the number of confirmed dengue cases reported last week (41) has jumped to 71 cases in just a week

April 3, 2007
ABC Paraguay

Non communicable diseases

Obesity, diabetes associated with increased risk for severe malaria infection

Researchers conducted a nationwide observational study of imported malarial infection in Sweden over a 20 year period from 1995-2015 to assess whether NCDs were associated with severe malarial infection. The analysis included 937 adults with malaria. They concluded that comorbidity, particularly diabetes, and obesity were significant risk factors for severe infection among non-immune travellers and immigrants from endemic countries in Sweden with malaria

May 27, 2017

Drug created from malaria parasite shows promise as bladder cancer treatment

A drug created from a malaria protein stopped tumour growth of chemotherapy-resistant bladder cancer, offering hope for cancer patients not responding to standard treatments 

April 20, 2017
EurekaAlert, Medical News Today
April 23, 2017

Preocupación en Perú por posible propagación de enfermedades luego de las inundaciones

Worry spreads in Peru as many fear the likely spread of a range of waterborne diseases on the back of the recent torrential rains

March 22, 2017
CNN Chile

No salary for the last nine months: NACP employees forced to live on alms

Employees of the National Aid Control programme in Pakistan have not been paid for the last nine months and have had to live on hand outs and alms from the community. It seems the Ministry of Planning has wanted to consolidate the three programmes (HIV, TB and Malaria) into one programme to make it more effective, but it has just not got around to organising it 

March 8, 2017
Pakistan Today

FT Health: Global Fund’s Oscars moment, EU health commissioner, antibiotic alert

Last week, the board of the world’s largest multilateral donor to tackle infectious diseases issued a deeply embarrassing statement that it was restarting the selection process for its new director

March 3, 2017
Financial Times

Health systems

The poison in your cabinet: Kenya’s fake drugs scourge

Criminals are smuggling all manner of medicine, most of it fake, into Kenya, putting millions of people at a huge risk of poisoning. The global health entity estimates that about 100,000 deaths a year in Africa are linked to the counterfeit drug trade. The International Policy Network estimates that, globally, 700,000 deaths a year are caused by fake malaria and tuberculosis drugs

July 3, 2017
Daily Nation

U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children

Over the last decade, American donations to fight malaria in Africa have saved the lives of nearly two million children, according to a new analysis of mortality rates in 32 countries there. The study looked at the long-term effects of the President’s Malaria Initiative, a program started by President George W. Bush in 2005 that has spent over $500 million a year since 2010. The results debunk one of the persistent myths of foreign aid: that it has no effect because more children survive each year anyway as economies improve

June 26, 2017
New York Times

Stop giving soldiers banned malaria drug, says Sinn Féin

An attempt to ban use of a controversial anti-malaria drug by Irish soldiers will be launched in the Dáil this week. Sinn Féin is claiming that it has cross-party support for a motion it will table to stop Lariam being given to Defence Forces personnel on overseas duty. Lariam, the brand name for mefloquine, has been associated with severe side-effects causing long-term mental health effects including depression, suicidal thoughts and hallucinations. Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Sinn Féin’s defence spokesman, said there were other anti-malaria drugs on the market such as Malarone and Doxycycline that were considered safer with less dangerous side-effects

June 24, 2017
The Times

President Trump, Meet This 2-Year-Old

The New York Times’ Nick Kristof looks at the consequences of President Trump’s proposed cuts to international aid on a visit to Liberia where he meets a small child sick with malaria and who has suffered the consequences of counterfeit medicine firsthand. He also learns about the horrors of 14 year old girls attempting to self-abort and causing themselves untold damage as the price of healthcare and access to it, were beyond them

June 24, 2017
New York Times

Refugees suffer disease outbreaks in Tanzania

An outbreak of diseases has struck Tanzanian camps housing refugees fleeing strife in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 184 new arrivals composed of 99 Burundian and 85 Congolese asylum seekers have entered the East African country in the past week as the crises in their countries peak. According to the agency the top five medical conditions at the Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee camps are malaria, skin infections, upper respiratory tract infection, HIV and mental disorder

June 15, 2017
CajNews Africa

US aid to combat malaria in Africa is associated with reduced risk of childhood mortality

A study published in PLOS Medicine showed that funding from the US President`s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 19 sub-Saharan African countries was associated with a 16% reduction in the annual risk of under-five child mortality in the years following introduction of the PMI programme

June 13, 2017
Science Daily

In global health, modest cuts do major damage

Among the headline grabbers emanating from Washington these days, a dire threat is being ignored: the White House’s proposed budget cuts would derail efforts to end the biggest infectious disease killers of our time: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Even modest cuts to global health would have real and immediate human consequences. In fact, just a $1 million reduction to the Global Fund is projected to translate to 1,330 fewer lives saved, 62,000 fewer bed nets distributed, 1,530 fewer people treated for TB, and 1,070 fewer people receiving lifesaving HIV treatment

June 8, 2017
The Hill

China donates anti-malaria medicine to South Sudan

China donated half a million boxes of anti-malaria medicine to South Sudan to help the East African nation fight the deadly parasitic disease. The donation worth 750,000 U.S. dollars, included tablets and injection doses for adults and children as well as syringes and is designed to benefit 400,000 people across South Sudan

June 4, 2017

Moving beyond malaria – the FT asks Novartis’s Joe Jimenez three questions

Joe Jimenez, head of Novartis which provides the leading anti-malarial treatment Coartem, is asked three questions about the future for drug pricing by the Financial Times’ Andrew Jack

May 28, 2017
Financial Times

Kenya submits US$355 million funding request to global fund

Kenya’s health ministry said it has submitted a funding request application to the Global Fund seeking US$355m to finance healthcare interventions in the country for the 2018-2020 period. The ministry said most of the grant will be used to procure commodities and lifesaving medicine for HIV, TB and Malaria

May 27, 2017
News Ghana, Standard Media
May 26, 2017
Star Kenya

President Moon Jae-In lets South Korean aid workers tackle malaria in North Korea

Mr Moon’s government has given permission for a humanitarian group to resume its work fighting malaria in North Korea, 18 months after all such contact with Pyongyang was banned after its fourth nuclear test. The Korean Sharing Movement will be allowed to resume its work in areas adjacent to the border between the two countries. If authorities in the north agree, KSM will provide fumigation trucks to exterminate mosquitoes as well as mosquito nets, malaria drugs and kits for diagnosing the disease

May 26, 2017
The Times, Nikkei Asian Review

More Children and Women Dying in Venezuela as Economy Collapses

Venezuela’s collapsing economy is taking a toll on its population’s health, with more children and women dying and various diseases skyrocketing amid persistent shortages of everything from medicine to drinking water. The country recorded 756 cases of maternal deaths in 2016, up 66% from the previous year according to data from the ministry of health. Infant deaths rose 30% to 11,466 cases in 2016 from 8,812 deaths the previous year 

May 11, 2017

Infant mortality and malaria soar in Venezuela, according to government data

Venezuela’s infant mortality rose 30% last year, maternal mortality shot up 65% and cases of malaria jumped 76%, according to government data, sharp increases reflecting how the country’s deep economic crisis has harmed citizens’ health. The statistics, issued on the ministry’s website after nearly two years of data silence from President Nicolas Maduro’s government, also showed a jump in illnesses such as diphtheria and Zika

May 9, 2017
Reuters, Nasdaq, Guardian, CaracolTV, Miami Diario, El Nacional, El Carabobeno, Globe & Mail, NTN24, Ambito, Swiss Info

Ted 2017: Frugal scientist offers malaria tools

Manu Prakash, a bio-engineer at Stanford University, designs cheap tools that can make a big difference in the poorest parts of the world. At Ted, he showed off his latest gizmo – a cardboard centrifuge that can spot malarial parasites in blood. Toy-inspired, it costs 20 cents. He also launched a citizen science project to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes by their sound, called the ‘Abuzz Project’

April 25, 2017
BBC, Premium Times, zeenews

New bednet options required to boost night safety from malaria

With pyrethroid class insecticide the only WHO approved class for some 12 years, new technology to treat anti-malaria bednets is becoming critical due to likely insecticide resistance, so one approach in the pipeline is to treat bednets with pyriproxyfen, which stops female mosquitoes from producing eggs. More research needs to be scaled up and more investment sought which is where WHO can play a role

April 25, 2017
Financial Times

En Venezuela, la malaria ha incrementado 15 veces en últimos cuatro años

Malaria has increased 15-fold in the last four years and four fold since the year 2000. Back then, malaria in Venezuela was just 2% of all the infections caused by the disease across Latin America (29,000 cases). By 2015, there were 136,000 cases, increasing to 140,000 cases in 2016. Now, Venezuela accounts for 48% of all cases across Latin America. The situation is likely to worsen as diagnostic capabilities within the healthcare system falter

April 25, 2017
El Carabobeno, Estadao

Rs 600 cap on dengue, malaria tests

Indian hospitals and medical laboratories charging exorbitant amounts in the name of tests for vector-borne diseases were issued a fresh notice by the health department that places a cap of 600 Rupees on all tests to diagnose dengue, chikungunya and malaria in the district

April 23, 2017
Times of India

MSF opens free treatment centre in Matadi to help cholera victims

MSF has opened up a free medical treatment centre in Matadi in the Congo to help treat the growing number of cholera victims

April 6, 2017
ACP Congo

Financial problems affect region’s fight against malaria

Although all East African countries plan to eradicate malaria by 2017, or at least reduce it to single digits, being malaria free now seems like a pipe-dream for the region, because all the countries are recording an upsurge in infections since last year meaning planned funding will be insufficient 

March 31, 2017
The East African, AllAfrica.com

Counties to share health experts to address shortage

Governors from 13 counties that make up the Kenyan Lake Region Economic Bloc have initiated a plan that will see the devolved units share medical specialists to address shortage. Hospitals will specialise in treating different ailments and reduce patients in key referral hospitals. The plan also involves tackling the high growing disease burden and prevalence of malaria, HIV and infant mortality

March 24, 2017
Daily Nation, Business Daily

13 counties in western Kenya agree to joint delivery of health services

Thirteen counties in western Kenya have agreed to work together to improve delivery of healthcare services, particularly on malaria and HIV/Aids. The counties forming the Lake Region Bloc are in discussion to develop a joint blue print to address joint health service challenges

March 21, 2017
Standard Media

Communicable diseases

Ghana’s infant malaria prevalence rate down to 21 percent

Ghana has recorded significant improvement in reducing malaria prevalence among infants between six months and 59 months, according to the Ghana Malaria Indicator Survey. The survey observed that malaria prevalence rate among the infants surveyed decreased significantly by six percentage points to 21 percent in 2016, from the 27 percent prevalence rate in 2014. Acting Government Statistician Baah Wadieh said a lot more needed to be done to sustain the downward slope in the malaria infection rates

July 28, 2017
News Ghana, Pulse.com
July 27, 2017
Ghana News Agency

Battle against malaria: Fighting mosquitoes that killed 24,000 Indians in 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation is providing remote-sensing technology to detect, map and classify mosquito breeding areas in the country, the latest in India’s war against the disease that is believed to have killed an estimated 24,000 people in the country in 2015. The number of officially recorded deaths for the year is, however, 384

July 18, 2017
Hindustan Times

Malaria genome study reveals savvy, finely tuned parasite

In a detailed study analysing more than half the genes in the genome of the parasite that cause malaria - Plasmodium - researchers found that two thirds of those genes are essential for survival. This is the largest proportion of essential genes found in any organism studied to date, they said. Importantly for researchers trying to develop vaccines and drugs against the disease, the scientists discovered that the parasite often disposes of genes that produce proteins that give its presence away to its host`s immune system. This allows malaria to swiftly change its appearance to the human immune system and hence build up resistance to a vaccine, posing problems for the development of effective shots

July 13, 2017

Tamil Nadu not granting licence to private hospitals to screen the Zika virus

A health department official told The New Indian Express that some private hospitals had contacted them for a licence to screen Zika virus but the official said that if the license is granted, some private hospitals might misuse it to fleece patients. As per protocol, patients with complaints of fever and fatigue are to be tested for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, jaundice, typhoid and leptospirosis. If doctors observe symptoms similar to dengue or chikungunya but tests are negative, blood samples are sent for the Zika test

July 12, 2017
The News Minute

Malaria drug protects foetal mice from Zika virus, NIH-funded study finds

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat malaria and certain autoimmune diseases in pregnant women, appears to reduce transmission of Zika virus from pregnant mice to their fetuses, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The drug works by inhibiting autophagy, a process by which cells remove toxins and recycle damaged components to generate energy. The researchers show that Zika virus may manipulate this process in the placenta to infect the developing fetus

July 10, 2017
National Institutes of Health

Central labs moot ‘human first’ approach to test malaria vaccine

What if a potential vaccine for malaria was to be first tested in humans before mice and animals? This November, experts at the Indian Council of Medical Research and labs affiliated to the Department of Biotechnology will have a first-of-its kind “ethics meeting” to discuss the feasibility of conducting these so-called ‘human challenge’ trials in India. The meeting will also discuss testing two vaccine-candidates — one that causes falciparum malaria and the milder-but-more-prevalent vivax — developed at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

July 8, 2017
The Hindu

New method to fight malaria found by scientists

Scientists have discovered a new way to slow down malaria infections, providing a possible new target for antimalarial drugs. The team are already working with pharmaceutical companies to use this knowledge to develop new anti-malarials -- an important step in the battle against drug resistant malaria

July 6, 2017
Science Daily

Study links deforestation and malaria

A new study of 67 less-developed, malaria-endemic nations, titled Anthropogenic Forest Loss and Malaria Prevalence: a Comparative Examination of the Causes and Disease Consequences of Deforestation in Developing Nations, finds a link between deforestation and increasing malaria rates across developing

June 27, 2017

SA/Japan Collaboration on Early Warning System for Malaria – CSIR

South Africa has experienced an unprecedented outbreak of malaria in several districts in Limpopo this year. The CSIR-hosted Alliance for Collaboration on Climate and Earth Systems Science (ACCESS) Programme, in collaboration with researchers in Japan, have studied the malaria outbreak in Limpopo, as well as worldwide climate phenomena and discovered that there is an association between climate change and malaria

June 27, 2017
Political Analysis South Africa

Malaria ‘epidemic’ looms as mosquitoes defy insecticides

According to a study, genetic analysis of mosquito populations in Africa shows that recent success in controlling malaria through treated bed nets has led to widespread insecticide resistance in mosquitoes. Previous research indicates there are four classes of insecticides recommended for malaria control of which only pyrethroid was approved for use on LLIN. It has been shown that the loss of this insecticide’s effectiveness will lead to increase in preventable deaths, particularly in the most vulnerable groups, hence the need to maintain the effectiveness of LLIN in an era of growing resistance

June 26, 2017

Top malaria drug losing potency, experts want it replaced

Health experts have warned that Kenya’s number one malaria treatment drug is no longer effective. Speaking at a forum, the scientists said AL— the first line malaria medicine in Kenya—should be replaced with the second line drug called DP which previous studies have shown is more effective. On Friday the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) released a statement saying the world’s most effective medicine against uncomplicated malaria is losing its edge. The Kemri statement was based on a four-year study in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. The results were presented in Arusha during a meeting of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project

June 25, 2017
Standard Digital

Govt lacks tools to stem virus infection cases: Health officials

At a time when viruses like the H1N1, malaria, influenza and dengue are on the rise, the Mumbai government is lacking the tools to combat them and is yet to design a vaccination plan to fight them. Health officials have also said that there is no proper awareness campaign in place either to educate people about the spread and effect of these deadly viruses, which is on the rise in the city due to temperature fluctuations brought by intermittent rainfall. Officials said viral infections have claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, most as a result of dengue and malaria. Viral infections are now proliferating in addition to tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS in the state’s list of top contagious killer diseases, they added

June 25, 2017
Asian Age

Hepatitis detection remains high among voluntary blood donors, HIV dips

While the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) programme conducts active screening and treatment for HIV infections, making a considerable dent in new cases, hepatitis has no active screening campaign under central or state government, however, SBTC data showed that while blood donation escalated in 2015 to 2016, the government had to do away with at least 50,799 blood units in two years due to HIV, hepatitis, malaria or syphilis detection. The WHO says that the size of the Indian hepatitis population remains hidden as most do not know about the infection until they suffer from liver cirrhosis

June 6, 2017
Indian Express

Newly Developed Molecule May Lead To First Synthetic One-Dose Antimalarial

A molecule that can become the first fully synthetic and one-dose treatment for malaria has been developed by researchers at LSTM in collaboration with the University of Liverpool. The molecule works against parasites showing the key genetic marker for artemisinin resistance in in vitro studies

May 29, 2017
Science World Report

Sierra Leone News: 4 out of 10 children in Salone have malaria – Dr. Samuel Smith

Malaria Programme Manager of the Ministry of Health, Dr Samuel Smith, said that four out of ten children that visit the medical centres across the country have malaria. He made this statement during a press briefing launching Maternal and Child Health Week

May 26, 2017

Rural Tanzania hit by new mosquito species that see malaria cases rising

Scientists at Tanzania’s leading research institute have identified mosquito species which they say contribute to 90% of the malaria cases in rural areas of the east African country. The study says the anopheles funestus mosquito species occurs in very small numbers, compared to other mosquitoes, but it is extremely active at transmitting malaria to humans. This study has unearthed a major vector in the transmission of malaria that was not known, with 9-out-of-10 malarial infections in rural Tanzania coming from this species

May 22, 2017
News Ghana

This gene variant can mitigate malaria risk by 40 percent

Researchers have managed to identify a gene variant which has the potential of reducing the risk of severe malaria by at least 40%. The study identified a genetic rearrangement of red blood cell glycophorin receptors – GYPA and GYPB genes which are unusually common in Africa – which confers a 40% reduced risk from severe malaria

May 19, 2017

Investment in health is the foundation for sustainable development

The incoming head of The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Marike Wijnroks, writes an opinion article for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she makes a case for the three pillars that make up the development agenda: improving sustainability, building resilience and assuming responsibility. Ensuring their application to public health and global health security mitigates the vulnerability to disease which can cause catastrophic loss of life and social upheaval

May 19, 2017

China Offers Anti Malaria To Five Million In Africa

China has recently declared as part of its new health commitments to provide Africa with the popular anti-malaria medication, Artemisinin, for five million people. It said it will lend support to build health systems and policies in the areas of disease surveillance, strengthening of prevention and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases, improvement of maternal and child healthcare and reproductive health

May 18, 2017
Leadership Nigeria

Malaria Remains Endemic in Indonesia

Based on data from the Ministry of Health, malaria is still endemic in the provinces of Papua, East Nusa, Maluka, North Maluka and West Papua, because the elimination achievement of this deadly disease in these five provinces is still zero percent. Papua province is still the largest contributor to the deadly disease. East Nusa Tengara Province has recorded as many as 29,000 malaria cases in these islands since 2016

May 18, 2017

Govt Details $460 Million Plan to Combat HIV/AIDS

According to the Myanmar government there are around 200,000 people living with HIV and 115,000 who receive antiretroviral treatment. The government will contribute 18% of the budget to a programme to combat HIV with the rest of the money coming from international organizations and NGOs, including the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Three Millennium Goals Development Fund and the relevant UN agencies

May 18, 2017
Irrawady News

Why 8% Of India's Population Accounts For 46% Of The Total Malaria Burden

While a state or two in India may be on the brink of eliminating malaria in the foreseeable future, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and the northeast are far behind. These states bear the largest share of India’s malaria burden and specifically the killer falciparum malaria. Eight percent of India’s population, largely the tribal residents of these states, account for 46% of the total malaria burden

May 8, 2017
Huffington Post

DNA Fingerprinting Reveals How Malaria Hides From Our Immune System

DNA fingerprinting has revealed how the malaria parasite shuffles genes to create different strains and hides from our immune system. This trick allows the parasite to remain undetected and re-infect the same people, much like flu. A study involving more than 600 children living in a small village in Gabon found that each child in one village had a different strain of the malaria parasite. In each case there is a distinctly different set of up to possible 60 genes that the human immune system has to focus upon in order to detect and control this infection

May 3, 2017
Infection Control Today

Si no puedes con el mosquito, inféctalo

El Pais reported on the Medellin project to eliminate dengue by inoculating a bacterium into mosquitoes (wolbachia) which shortens mosquito lives. They are most infectious at their final stages in the life cycle, so this process cuts the risk of the mosquitoes transmitting dengue, yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. Wolbachia is transmitted from mothers to children, so all the mosquito offspring are unable to transmit to humans. If a male is the carrier and the female is not, the eggs are infertile. This theory was put into successful practice in Australia and now experiments are beginning in Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia

May 3, 2017
El Pais, Tele Medellin

GM drive against malaria: Treading a fine line

The Target Malaria Initiative, involving scientists at Imperial College London and partner teams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Uganda, are collectively working on a ground breaking project known as the mosquito gene drive to engineer a long-term solution to the spread of malaria in Africa. According to WHO, there were 212m cases of the disease worldwide in 2012, and 429,000 deaths. The initiative seeks to interrupt malaria transmission using gene editing to reduce the fertility of females or boost the male to female ratio. Scientists are balancing their promise with calls to ensure safety, inclusion and transparency

May 2, 2017

Concern over Zika leads WHO to go for pilot programmes

Growing concern internationally over Zika persuaded WHO to develop carefully planned pilot programmes accompanied by independent monitoring and evaluation. Oxitec trials show a reduction in mosquito populations of above 90%. But as critics point out, that does not necessarily lead to a similar level of disease reduction. Other factors may sustain infection even with a smaller number of insects 

April 25, 2017
Financial Express, Financial Times

Latest breakthroughs point a way foward to eradicating malaria

Scientists from the Crick Institute and the Welcome Trust discovered a family of genes called pir determines how long malaria parasites persist in the human body. These parasites expressing the pir genes take over as the dominant parasite and establish a long lasting and persistent infection. This discovery opens the possibility that treatments targeting the pir genes could prevent persistent infection that causes chronic malaria. Studying the genomes of the parasites, scientists also found two genetic markers associated with piperaquine resistance. These markers can be used to monitor the spread of drug-resistant malaria

April 25, 2017
Financial Times

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot GSK malaria vaccine from 2018

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said. In clinical trials it proved only partially effective, and it needs to be given in a four-dose schedule, but it is the first regulator approved vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease

April 24, 2017
Reuters, BBC, AlJazeera, Deutsche Welle
April 26, 2017
CNN Health
April 24, 2017
Quartz, Telegraph, IFLScience

Malaria sickening thousands in US and racking up millions in healthcare costs, new study finds

A new study shows that cases of malaria, with infections often caught overseas before returning to the U.S., has resulted in about half a billion dollars in healthcare costs for the country over a fifteen year period. It concludes that Americans who are travelling more often to countries with malaria are simply not taking the precautions that they should leading to this cost burden

April 24, 2017
EurekaAlert, NPR, ABC news

Le Nord-Est de Madagascar durement touché

OCHA said that the Enawo cyclone in Madagascar left 30,650 people at risk of food insecurity and 168,000 with no access to drinkable water. Now health authorities are raising concerns about possible disease outbreaks and the first malaria cases have been recorded

April 12, 2017

Doctors must check weather forecasts to stop epidemics in their tracks

Experts at the international non-profit, the Malaria Consortium, called for health agencies in Africa to start consulting seasonal weather forecasts to help prepare for malaria epidemics and ensure outbreaks are spotted early and curbed before they become severe. Rising temperatures, floods and droughts can cause major epidemics in areas not usually affected by malaria and people there may lack immunity and are more likely to fall ill and die 

April 6, 2017

Number of rural Indians without clean water equivalent to UK population - charity

Reuters reports India is home to the highest number of rural people without access to clean water, and it faces increased strain on scarce resources due to a rising population and climate change among other facts, Water Aid said (

March 21, 2017
Reuters, Press Trust of India, The Hindu

Malaria goes sub-microscopic, proves its existence in Chennai

A study carried out by the National Institute of Malaria Research Chennai, along with other institution, has shown the existence of asymptomatic malaria in Chennai, which remains undetected. ‘This sub-microscopic malaria acts as a transmission reservoir in endemic areas and poses a major challenge to those working on elimination,’ the study lead said

March 1, 2017
New Indian Express

Why Europe should lead on fight against disease

Renate Baehr, executive director of the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevolkerung, wrote an Op Ed for Politico Europe, in which she argued that ‘the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit have made European action on disease control more important than ever and that the Bloc needs to fill the U.S. power vacuum as it steadily withdraws’

February 23, 2017