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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.
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

UC San Diego Amazonian Center to receive NIH funding for malaria research

UC San Diego Amazonian Center to receive NIH funding for malaria research

NIH announces 2017 ICEMR awards for 7 international malaria research centers

NIH announces 2017 ICEMR awards for 7 international malaria research centers

Latest advances in antibody delivery mediated by rAAV for treatment of chronic and infectious diseases

Latest advances in antibody delivery mediated by rAAV for treatment of chronic and infectious diseases

Sunflower seeds contaminated by toxic molds pose increased health risks

Sunflower seeds contaminated by toxic molds pose increased health risks

Study: Improving health and wellbeing of adolescents could bring 10-fold economic benefit

Study: Improving health and wellbeing of adolescents could bring 10-fold economic benefit

WHO Global Hepatitis Report reveals goal to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

WHO Global Hepatitis Report reveals goal to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

Drug created from malaria protein offers hope for bladder cancer patients

Drug created from malaria protein offers hope for bladder cancer patients

Brain cancer patient treated with malaria drug shows dramatic improvement

Brain cancer patient treated with malaria drug shows dramatic improvement

Researchers use CRISPR technology to create new strain of red-eyed mutant wasps

Researchers use CRISPR technology to create new strain of red-eyed mutant wasps

Researchers develop long-lasting drug delivery system that may prevent malaria infections

Researchers develop long-lasting drug delivery system that may prevent malaria infections

Treating animals may be part of global strategy to eradicate tropical diseases, study suggests

Treating animals may be part of global strategy to eradicate tropical diseases, study suggests

Programmed proteins could lead to inexpensive malaria vaccine

Programmed proteins could lead to inexpensive malaria vaccine

GHIT Fund invests in phase 3 clinical trial for pediatric formulation of ‘snail fever’ drug

GHIT Fund invests in phase 3 clinical trial for pediatric formulation of ‘snail fever’ drug

Fruit flies genetically coded to take frequent naps have higher resistance to dangerous superbugs

Fruit flies genetically coded to take frequent naps have higher resistance to dangerous superbugs

Enhanced women's status linked to decline in solid fuel use

Enhanced women's status linked to decline in solid fuel use

Blood-sucking flies can act as 'flying syringes' to track emergence of new diseases

Blood-sucking flies can act as 'flying syringes' to track emergence of new diseases

Scientists grow transgenic plants to double production of artemisinin for fighting against malaria

Scientists grow transgenic plants to double production of artemisinin for fighting against malaria

WHO launches new ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

WHO launches new ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

Parasite's biological clock could help improve treatments for deadly sleeping sickness

Parasite's biological clock could help improve treatments for deadly sleeping sickness