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Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite called Plasmodium - when infected mosquitoes bite the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells. Even though this potentially fatal disease can be prevented and cured, each year 350-500 million cases of malaria still occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in Africa south of the Sahara, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease.

Malaria is so common in Africa because a lack of resources and political instability have prevented the building of solid malaria control programs. Experts say an African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as many as half of the world's population are at risk of malaria mainly in the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries and every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
LSTM researchers receive £6.4 million to develop evidence-based solutions for vector control

LSTM researchers receive £6.4 million to develop evidence-based solutions for vector control

WHO alerts countries to increasing trend of HIV drug resistance

WHO alerts countries to increasing trend of HIV drug resistance

20 million engineered and bacteria charged mosquitoes to be released in California

20 million engineered and bacteria charged mosquitoes to be released in California

Decline in malaria elimination funding may increase risk of disease resurgences

Decline in malaria elimination funding may increase risk of disease resurgences

New framework analyzes ecological, economic and epidemiological factors of rural poverty

New framework analyzes ecological, economic and epidemiological factors of rural poverty

BASF unveils breakthrough insecticide for malaria control

BASF unveils breakthrough insecticide for malaria control

IVCC announces major step forward in battle against mosquito insecticide resistance

IVCC announces major step forward in battle against mosquito insecticide resistance

Prince Harry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine organize roundtable to address needs of youth with HIV/AIDS

Prince Harry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine organize roundtable to address needs of youth with HIV/AIDS

Malaria drug effectively blocks Zika virus transmission to the fetus

Malaria drug effectively blocks Zika virus transmission to the fetus

Lower calorie intake by host may increase chances of surviving malaria

Lower calorie intake by host may increase chances of surviving malaria

New report reveals rapidly expanding diabetes epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa

New report reveals rapidly expanding diabetes epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa

Removing flowers from invasive shrub could reduce malaria transmission

Removing flowers from invasive shrub could reduce malaria transmission

Scientists show way to edit genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes

Scientists show way to edit genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes

Use of non-invasive ventilation decreases mortality in children with respiratory distress, study finds

Use of non-invasive ventilation decreases mortality in children with respiratory distress, study finds

NIH renews major grant for UW-led research center to understand malaria in India

NIH renews major grant for UW-led research center to understand malaria in India

Study shows insecticide-resistance monitoring as key to controlling mosquitoes that spread Zika

Study shows insecticide-resistance monitoring as key to controlling mosquitoes that spread Zika

Automated rapid blood test provides accurate malaria diagnosis

Automated rapid blood test provides accurate malaria diagnosis

Exposure to light at night suppresses biting, manipulates flight behavior in mosquitoes

Exposure to light at night suppresses biting, manipulates flight behavior in mosquitoes

Plant compound found to be effective against drug-resistant HIV

Plant compound found to be effective against drug-resistant HIV

Researchers discover new, effective DDT crystal

Researchers discover new, effective DDT crystal