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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.
School-based intervention could help children make informed decisions about health treatments

School-based intervention could help children make informed decisions about health treatments

Study finds link between deforestation and increasing malaria rates across developing nations

Study finds link between deforestation and increasing malaria rates across developing nations

Complex malaria vaccine protects monkeys against virulent parasite strains

Complex malaria vaccine protects monkeys against virulent parasite strains

New WHO data highlights improvements made by countries in collecting death statistics

New WHO data highlights improvements made by countries in collecting death statistics

Researchers uncover structural details that make eye-targeting virus a better tool for future therapies

Researchers uncover structural details that make eye-targeting virus a better tool for future therapies

Mothers infected with malaria during pregnancy can alter infants’ immunity

Mothers infected with malaria during pregnancy can alter infants’ immunity

Maternal education can act as 'social vaccine' for childhood malaria infection, study finds

Maternal education can act as 'social vaccine' for childhood malaria infection, study finds

Metabolite 'signatures' can accurately distinguish typhoid from other fever-inducing diseases

Metabolite 'signatures' can accurately distinguish typhoid from other fever-inducing diseases

New UCI Malaria Initiative aims to disrupt deadly disease transmission in Africa

New UCI Malaria Initiative aims to disrupt deadly disease transmission in Africa

Study uncovers potential new therapeutic targets for HCV infections

Study uncovers potential new therapeutic targets for HCV infections

Study reveals safety data for using antimalarials during first trimester of pregnancy

Study reveals safety data for using antimalarials during first trimester of pregnancy

Researchers develop antibacterial wound dressing made from shells of crustaceans

Researchers develop antibacterial wound dressing made from shells of crustaceans

Alere introduces first-ever highly sensitive malaria test for asymptomatic infections

Alere introduces first-ever highly sensitive malaria test for asymptomatic infections

WHO/AFRO: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi to participate in malaria vaccine pilot program

WHO/AFRO: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi to participate in malaria vaccine pilot program

New field laboratory-deployed molecular test could eliminate malaria

New field laboratory-deployed molecular test could eliminate malaria

Return of malaria in the U.S. is costing millions, study claims

Return of malaria in the U.S. is costing millions, study claims

New plant therapy developed at WPI cures patients with drug-resistant malaria

New plant therapy developed at WPI cures patients with drug-resistant malaria

Penn State researchers receive NIH funding to explore malaria transmission in Southeast Asia

Penn State researchers receive NIH funding to explore malaria transmission in Southeast Asia

WHO drive for increased efforts to prevent malaria

WHO drive for increased efforts to prevent malaria

Researchers awarded NIAID grant to develop new tools for eliminating drug-resistant malaria

Researchers awarded NIAID grant to develop new tools for eliminating drug-resistant malaria