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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.
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

New way to produce protein antigen may lead to preventative vaccine for schistosomiasis

New way to produce protein antigen may lead to preventative vaccine for schistosomiasis

Decades-old drug used to treat malaria reduces toxic protein linked to ALS

Decades-old drug used to treat malaria reduces toxic protein linked to ALS

Adult male farmers in Malaysia more likely to contract 'monkey malaria'

Adult male farmers in Malaysia more likely to contract 'monkey malaria'

New model uses weather data from satellite images to accurately predict  malaria outbreak

New model uses weather data from satellite images to accurately predict  malaria outbreak

Long-term chronic bone loss occurs even after one time malaria infection

Long-term chronic bone loss occurs even after one time malaria infection

LMU researchers show how genetic variant in people of African ancestry modulates immune cells

LMU researchers show how genetic variant in people of African ancestry modulates immune cells

Scientists report discovery and validation of drug candidate for treating cryptosporidiosis

Scientists report discovery and validation of drug candidate for treating cryptosporidiosis

Radboudumc, iMM Lisboa, PATH team up to test new malaria vaccine concept

Radboudumc, iMM Lisboa, PATH team up to test new malaria vaccine concept

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

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