Malaria

Botswana: MoH Cautions Against Malaria

Gaborone — The Ministry of Health has cautioned the public residing in malaria prone areas to be vigilant as the rainy season begins. A press release from the health ministry also states that areas not known to have malaria such as Kgalagadi and Gaborone now experience it.
 
As malaria is spread by mosquitos, the public is advised to dispose of items likely to breed mosquitos such as empty tins and old tyres, filling holes and other openings likely to collect water, and to clear the grass around the house where mosquitos can hide.
 
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Uganda: Ministry of Health, USAID Embark On Mass Malaria Treatment in North

Gulu — The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will this week embark on a two-month mass treatment of malaria fever in Acholi and Lango sub-regions.
 
The sub-regions were hit by malaria epidemic early this year. A total of 133,487 malaria cases have been recorded at St Mary's Hospital Lacor, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and various health centres in the sub regions.
 
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Haïti-Santé : Au moins 7 morts dans une épidémie de malaria à Beaumont (Sud-Ouest)

Beaumont (Haïti), 24 août 2015 [AlterPresse] --- Une épidémie de malaria a causé la mort d’au moins 7 personnes, dont 1 femme enceinte (décédée après être tombée dans le coma), et infecté plus d’une centaine d’autres dans la municipalité de Beaumont (département de la Grande Anse, une partie du Sud-Ouest d’Haïti), apprend AlterPresse.
 
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The indirect complications of the Ebola crisis and its impact on malaria control

February 2014 saw the first cases of the Ebola in Guinea, which then spread quickly to nine countries in West Africa and claimed over 11,000 lives. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea bore the biggest direct impact of the outbreak in terms of fatalities, but the devastating outbreak has indirectly impacted the affected regions in many ways, including increasing malaria transmission, cases and mortality.

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West Africa: By Implementing Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention We Are One Step Closer To Eradicating Malaria In The Sahel

Malaria Consortium's Programme Manager for the Burkina Faso country office, Dr. Victor Nana, discusses the recent SMC distributions in Burkina Faso, citing the challenges faced and highlighting the importance of implementing this intervention at scale.
 
What is SMC?
 
SMC is a strategy endorsed by the World Health Organisation to prevent malaria in children aged three to 59 months living in the Sahel. In this region, more than 60% of malaria cases occur during the rainy season, which often lasts for approximately four months.
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Odisha: More than 3,000 govt school students test positive for malaria in Kandhamal

Berhampur (Odisha): As many as 3,434 students of government-run residential schools in Kandhamal district of Odisha have tested positive for malaria.
 
"The affected students have been administered drugs. The health officials are keeping a watch on their condition," said Kandhamal District Collector Yamini Sarangi.
 
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Call for more weaponry against ‘neglected malaria’

[NEW DELHI] The World Health Organization has called for more research on ways to battle malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax parasite, in the wake of a surge of infections in Western India.
 
According to the WHO, the parasite is spreading fast in the Indian cities of Ahmedabad, Bikaner and Mumbai. It still kills fewer people than its relation P. falciparum, but is harder to prevent and treat.
“P. vivax is harder to eliminate than P. falciparum due to its relapsing nature.”
 
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En bref : Mosquirix, le vaccin antipaludéen, va être utilisé en Afrique

Le Mosquirix a reçu le 24 juillet un « avis scientifique positif » du Comité des médicaments à usage humain de l’Ema. Ce vaccin est le premier à être reconnu comme efficace dans la lutte contre le paludisme. Un fléau à l’origine de plus de 600.000 morts chaque année dans le monde. Parmi eux, 90 % vivent en Afrique. Sur ce même continent, 83 % des victimes sont des enfants de moins de 5 ans.
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Myanmar factions find common cause in fighting malaria

WASHINGTON — Setting aside decades of animosity and suspicion, senior Myanmar government and military officials have held unprecedented discussions with representatives of the main opposition party and ethnic minorities here on fighting a common enemy -- malaria.
 
Monday's meeting, also attended by the US government and military, scientific researchers and international foundations, comes amid growing concern over the spread of drug-resistant cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries.
 
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Vaccines & Viruses: Regulators approve world’s first malaria vaccine

Mosquito defense. After spending $356 million and conducting 30 years of research, British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline won approval last week from European safety regulators for the world’s first malaria vaccine. The European Medicines Agency approved the Mosquirix vaccine as safe and effective to use among young children in Africa, where most malaria infections and deaths occur. In 2013, there were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide, and an estimated 584,000 deaths, mostly in children younger than 5 years old.
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