Malaria

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.
What is Malaria?

Malaria is an infectious disease of tropical countries. It is spread by mosquitoes. It is manifested by fever along with chills and rigors. Unless it is diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. A single mosquito bite may be enough to cause the infection.

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Study examines artemisinin-based combination therapy as first-line treatment for malaria

Study examines artemisinin-based combination therapy as first-line treatment for malaria

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Researchers reach new milestone in the development of effective malaria vaccine

New vaccine candidate provides breakthrough in the fight against malaria

New vaccine candidate provides breakthrough in the fight against malaria

Ravi Sheth receives 2020 Hertz thesis prize for transforming microbial research

Ravi Sheth receives 2020 Hertz thesis prize for transforming microbial research

Discovery opens new avenues for developing antibody-based therapies for malaria

Discovery opens new avenues for developing antibody-based therapies for malaria

Eight countries prove that halting malaria is achievable

Eight countries prove that halting malaria is achievable

First-of-its-kind method cryopreserves fruit fly embryos in liquid nitrogen

First-of-its-kind method cryopreserves fruit fly embryos in liquid nitrogen

ANTICOV clinical trial to test new treatment for people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in Africa

ANTICOV clinical trial to test new treatment for people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in Africa

Drug synthesized from Kentucky-grown plant shows promise in treating ovarian cancer

Drug synthesized from Kentucky-grown plant shows promise in treating ovarian cancer

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Fighting malaria in 2021: Where are we now and where are we going?

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Disruptions to essential health services due to COVID-19 pandemic persist in 90% of countries

World Malaria Day 2021: An interview with Sir Brian Greenwood

World Malaria Day 2021: An interview with Sir Brian Greenwood

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Drug-discovery collaboration finds potential new antimalarial drug candidates

World Malaria Day 2021: Finding new approaches to fight malaria

World Malaria Day 2021: Finding new approaches to fight malaria

WHO launches new initiative to halt malaria transmission in 25 more countries by 2025

WHO launches new initiative to halt malaria transmission in 25 more countries by 2025

WHO calls for equitable treatment access and health services to everyone affected by Chagas disease

WHO calls for equitable treatment access and health services to everyone affected by Chagas disease

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Malaria mutations may be gaining a foothold in Africa, shows new data

Altering a mosquito's gut genes shows promise to curb malaria

Altering a mosquito's gut genes shows promise to curb malaria

Purdue researchers use malaria expertise to track COVID-19 in Indiana

Purdue researchers use malaria expertise to track COVID-19 in Indiana

Dramatic cuts to UK foreign aid budgets undermine global research partnerships

Dramatic cuts to UK foreign aid budgets undermine global research partnerships