Malaria

New report signals ‘significant progress’ towards malaria elimination – UN health agency

The world is making “significant progress” toward malaria elimination with prevention and treatment efforts saving more than 660 million lives and $900 million in case management costs since 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.
 
According to the World Malaria Report 2015, released today, more than half (57) of the 106 countries with malaria in 2000 had achieved reductions in new malaria cases of at least 75 per cent by 2015. In that same time frame, 18 countries reduced their malaria cases by 50-75 per cent.
 
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Gene-Editing Technology Could Help Eradicate Malaria, Study Shows

A groundbreaking but controversial new gene-editing technology is accelerating a push to eradicate malaria, with scientists recently identifying two ways to block mosquitoes from transmitting the killer disease.
 
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Tanzania: New Six-Pill Malaria Dose Approved By TFDA

Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has approved the new dosage for anti-malarial drug, coartem (Artemether/Lumefantrine), or popularly known as 'Alu' which now comprises only six instead of 24 tables.
 
Experts said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the new dosage would help in fighting malaria drug resistance in Tanzania because patients prefer taking fewer pills instead of the long duration doses.
 
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UN Millennium Development Goal target to reduce malaria burden achieved

With roughly six weeks left under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of eight universally-agreed goals adopted in 2000 to rid the world of extreme poverty and disease by 2015 – global leaders, diplomats and health experts are gathering at the UN today in New York to celebrate the progress made against one of the world’s leading killers: malaria.
 
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Africa: Another 3-5 Years Before Malaria Vaccine Is Unveiled

The first malaria vaccine RTS,S, will initially be rolled out on a pilot basis, given its limited efficacy, World Health Organisation advisory group has recommended.
 
The WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (Sage) and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) jointly recommended that the pilot projects help understand how best to deliver the vaccine, also known as Mosquirix.
 
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Swaziland Makes Progress in Quest To Eliminate Malaria

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Swaziland could eliminate malaria by the end of 2016 or in early 2017, likely making it the first mainland country in sub-Saharan Africa to get rid of the deadly disease, according to an international health expert.
 
Namibia, Botswana and South Africa are also making "excellent progress" toward eliminating malaria, said Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California in San Francisco.
 
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Malawi: Scientists, Public Brainstorm On Malaria in Malawi

Scientists and researchers on Friday met with the public in Blantyre to brainstorm on the oldest disease malaria that claimed the life of a reverend and renowned missionary Dr David Livingstone 142 years ago and continues to kill millions of Malawians today.
 
Dr Thembi Mzilahowa conceded it will not be easy to win the battle against mosquito.
 
"Malawi is struggling to win this battle, it is not an easy battle," said Dr Mzilahowa.
 
Malawi had 6:3 cases of malaria last year alone.
 
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WHO groups recommend trial of malaria vaccine

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) have jointly recommended pilot projects to understand how to best use a vaccine that protects young children against malaria.

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WHO: Malaria Deaths, Cases Plunge in Latin America

Malaria deaths and cases across Latin America have plunged in recent years, with Brazil, Honduras and Paraguay, showing most progress in combating the parasitic mosquito-born disease, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has said.
 
Across the Americas, increased prevention and control of malaria has led to a nearly 70 percent drop in cases, from 1.2 million in 2000 to 375,000 in 2014.
 
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Malawi: US Threatens to Pull Out Malaria Drug Aid Package to Malawi

US government has threatened to pull out malaria drug aid package in public hospitals unless the Malawi government takes serious action on theft of the medicine.
 
Virginia Palmer, US ambassador to Malawi sounded the warning Tuesday afternoon at a news briefing in Lilongwe.
 
Palmer did not mince words but directly attacked the Malawi government for its passiveness on drug theft in public hospitals which she said is now reaching alarming levels.
 
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