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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.
New class of insect repellents to fight against mosquito-borne diseases

New class of insect repellents to fight against mosquito-borne diseases

Chagas disease causes chronic heart disease and has spread outside of Latin America

Chagas disease causes chronic heart disease and has spread outside of Latin America

New medical diagnostic kit being developed for use in remote communities

New medical diagnostic kit being developed for use in remote communities

Researchers develop new method to diagnose broad range of cancers using malaria protein

Researchers develop new method to diagnose broad range of cancers using malaria protein

Genetically modified mosquitoes and special bed nets help tackle deadly diseases

Genetically modified mosquitoes and special bed nets help tackle deadly diseases

Study finds prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in developing countries

Study finds prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in developing countries

New type of bed net could prevent millions of malaria cases, shows research

New type of bed net could prevent millions of malaria cases, shows research

Adolescent health programs receive only a tiny share of international aid, finds research

Adolescent health programs receive only a tiny share of international aid, finds research

New laboratory-synthesized molecule appears to fight malaria effectively

New laboratory-synthesized molecule appears to fight malaria effectively

Study reveals cellular pathway used by Ebola virus to enter cells

Study reveals cellular pathway used by Ebola virus to enter cells

Health facilities in low- and middle-income countries not prepared to manage noncommunicable diseases

Health facilities in low- and middle-income countries not prepared to manage noncommunicable diseases

Researchers discover how chronic infections can outsmart the immune system

Researchers discover how chronic infections can outsmart the immune system

Researchers sequence complete mitochondrial genome of malaria mosquitoes

Researchers sequence complete mitochondrial genome of malaria mosquitoes

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Eliminating malaria-carrying mosquitoes does not impact ecosystem, shows study

Eliminating malaria-carrying mosquitoes does not impact ecosystem, shows study

Researchers design and create new molecule that can kill malarial parasites

Researchers design and create new molecule that can kill malarial parasites

New research supports need for a radical cure strategy to tackle debilitating form of malaria

New research supports need for a radical cure strategy to tackle debilitating form of malaria

Discovery about how malaria moves could lead to new therapies

Discovery about how malaria moves could lead to new therapies

MOF vaccines could increase access to immunization and reduce the risk of global pandemics

MOF vaccines could increase access to immunization and reduce the risk of global pandemics

Scientists find reason why malarial parasites are faster than immune cells

Scientists find reason why malarial parasites are faster than immune cells