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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.
Malarial treatment from Antarctic sea sponge

Malarial treatment from Antarctic sea sponge

Malaria could be completely eradicated by 2050

Malaria could be completely eradicated by 2050

Eradicating malaria by 2050 would be 'an achievement of historic proportions', say experts

Eradicating malaria by 2050 would be 'an achievement of historic proportions', say experts

Scientists reveal how typhoid toxin works to accelerate aging of cells

Scientists reveal how typhoid toxin works to accelerate aging of cells

New polypill cheaper, better at reducing cardiovascular disease

New polypill cheaper, better at reducing cardiovascular disease

New model system uses red blood cells to study malaria invasion

New model system uses red blood cells to study malaria invasion

Graphene-lined fabric could slow the spread of malaria

Graphene-lined fabric could slow the spread of malaria

Retina-on-a-chip may provide useful alternative to existing models for studying eye disease

Retina-on-a-chip may provide useful alternative to existing models for studying eye disease

Scientists create first detailed map of individual malaria parasite behavior

Scientists create first detailed map of individual malaria parasite behavior

Needle stick injuries are common and can transmit many blood-borne pathogens

Needle stick injuries are common and can transmit many blood-borne pathogens

Study looks into causes of mortality in Zambia

Study looks into causes of mortality in Zambia

Study sheds light on emergence and spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites in Africa

Study sheds light on emergence and spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites in Africa

FDA approves effective new treatment for extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis

FDA approves effective new treatment for extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis

Encapsulating two drugs in same nanovector can greatly improve drug delivery

Encapsulating two drugs in same nanovector can greatly improve drug delivery

Low or high levels of hemoglobin may increase risk of dementia

Low or high levels of hemoglobin may increase risk of dementia

Selective antibiotics could make precision treatment possible

Selective antibiotics could make precision treatment possible

Insecticide-treated bed net use is higher during rainy season, study finds

Insecticide-treated bed net use is higher during rainy season, study finds

Whole genome sequencing reveals role of CNVs in insecticide resistance in malaria mosquitoes

Whole genome sequencing reveals role of CNVs in insecticide resistance in malaria mosquitoes

Common antimalarial treatment has less effect in children with severe malnutrition

Common antimalarial treatment has less effect in children with severe malnutrition

Research shows how freshwater prawns could reduce schistosomiasis transmission

Research shows how freshwater prawns could reduce schistosomiasis transmission