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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.
Gene sequencing reveals crucial molecular aspects of Trypanosoma brucei

Gene sequencing reveals crucial molecular aspects of Trypanosoma brucei

Report predicts life expectancy in 2040, Spain comes out on top

Report predicts life expectancy in 2040, Spain comes out on top

Researchers sequence two selfish genes in the fungus Neurospora intermedia

Researchers sequence two selfish genes in the fungus Neurospora intermedia

Study identifies molecular switch that controls fate of milk-producing breast cells

Study identifies molecular switch that controls fate of milk-producing breast cells

Human and cattle decoys trap outdoor-biting mosquitoes in malaria endemic regions

Human and cattle decoys trap outdoor-biting mosquitoes in malaria endemic regions

'Vampire Burial' at ancient Roman site reveals attempts to prevent spread of malaria

'Vampire Burial' at ancient Roman site reveals attempts to prevent spread of malaria

Insulin-binding protein in fruit flies could help tackle disease-carrying mosquitos

Insulin-binding protein in fruit flies could help tackle disease-carrying mosquitos

Otago scientists make a breakthrough in monkey malaria research

Otago scientists make a breakthrough in monkey malaria research

Researchers devise a simple way to boost efficacy of malarial TBVs

Researchers devise a simple way to boost efficacy of malarial TBVs

Joint research team discovers potential new treatment for severe malaria

Joint research team discovers potential new treatment for severe malaria

Malaria parasites found to be most infectious during mosquito feeding times

Malaria parasites found to be most infectious during mosquito feeding times

Research offers insight into how to create and manage scientific advisory committees effectively

Research offers insight into how to create and manage scientific advisory committees effectively

Geoengineering still lacks a ‘clean bill of health’

Geoengineering still lacks a ‘clean bill of health’

GARDP partners with Novartis to accelerate development of generic antibiotic treatments for children

GARDP partners with Novartis to accelerate development of generic antibiotic treatments for children

NIAID releases strategic plan to expand knowledge of TB by using modern tools

NIAID releases strategic plan to expand knowledge of TB by using modern tools

Biological 'switch' influences whether immature blood cells differentiate into red or white blood cells

Biological 'switch' influences whether immature blood cells differentiate into red or white blood cells

Understanding mosquitoes’ mating behavior is key for developing vector control strategies

Understanding mosquitoes’ mating behavior is key for developing vector control strategies

Researchers for the first time crash caged populations of malaria vector mosquito

Researchers for the first time crash caged populations of malaria vector mosquito

Scientists find way to boost efficacy of powerful antimalarial drug with anti-cancer medicines

Scientists find way to boost efficacy of powerful antimalarial drug with anti-cancer medicines

Innovative approach for developing vaccine against most prevalent human malaria parasite

Innovative approach for developing vaccine against most prevalent human malaria parasite