Sierra Leone has achieved vast declines in malaria deaths between 2010 and 2015, the highest in Western Africa. This is linked to a range of interventions, including increased availability of diagnostic tests, free treatments and mass distribution of insecticide treated nets (ITNs).
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have deciphered the role of a key protein that the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum uses to obtain nutrients while infecting red blood cells. Their study appears in Nature Microbiology.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the United States is supporting the development of products to control mosquitoes without the limitations of traditional chemical pesticides.
Researchers have exploited a quirk in the genetic make-up of the deadly malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, to create 38,000 mutant strains and then determine which of the organism’s genes are essential to its growth and survival. P. falciparum is responsible for about… Read More ›
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have a possible explanation for why iron can sometimes worsen malaria infection. By studying mice and samples from malaria patients, the researchers found that extra iron interferes with ferroportin, a protein that prevents… Read More ›
World Malaria Report 2014 by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that There were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide (range 124–283 million) in 2013, and an estimated 584 000 deaths (range 367 000–755 000). 90% of all… Read More ›
The world’s first malaria vaccine is partially effective and could protect small children from the life-threatening disease, according to scientists who have completed the final trials. The vaccine has been in development for 20 years and has cost more than… Read More ›