Africa: Covid-19 and Malaria - How Surveillance Systems Can Adapt to Fight Both

[Malaria Consortium] When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by WHO in March 2020, governments and organisations involved in the prevention and control of malaria had a choice to make - divert their attention from the diagnosis, control and prevention of malaria to that of COVID-19, or leverage the existing surveillance systems to fight both as effectively as possible.
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

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Steve Lindsay, a public health entomologist at Durham University, is midway through explaining how dogs might play a role in detecting COVID-19 infections when a decidedly less-well trained canine interrupts our conversation. “If you’ll excuse me for a minute, I’ve got a naughty black Labrador out in the back garden doing something it shouldn’t be doing,” Lindsay says. He disappears. I hear barking. He returns accompanied by a chocolate lab. “She’s not as skilled as the detection dogs,” Lindsay says as the pup tries to lick his face. “But it’s really interesting t...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
[Nation] The national attention may now be riveted on the raging Covid-19 pandemic, but there are also other serious health challenges that must not be ignored. Should the health authorities take their eyes off some of these perennial scourges, the consequences could be more devastating, as the deadly coronavirus, which has been wreaking havoc for more than six months, is not over yet.
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
[Premium Times] Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 90 per cent of life-saving malaria intervention campaigns scheduled for this year are still on track.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
[Premium Times] Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 90 per cent of life-saving malaria intervention campaigns scheduled for this year are still on track.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
[Vanguard] Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, malaria - one of the world's oldest diseases - is impacting disproportionately on pregnant women and children aged under five.
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
[New Dawn] New data confirms that over 90% of life-saving malaria intervention campaigns scheduled for this year are on track across Africa, Asia and the Americas, helping to protect millions from the disease and avoid a severe increase in malaria cases and deaths in the face of significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries that in recent years either reached or are on the verge of reaching zero malaria cases also are maintaining their focus on eliminating this preventable and treatable disease.
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
Almost all planned work against the disease has gone ahead this year, delivering nets, drugs and the world ’s first malaria vaccineMore than 90% of anti-malaria campaigns planned this year across four continents are on track, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.The delivery of insecticide-treated nets and provision of antimalarial medicinesin the majority of malaria-affected countriesacross Africa, Asia and the Americas were still going ahead, a high-level meeting organised by the RBM Partnership to End Malaria heard on Thursday.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Global health Global development Malaria World news Society Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Africa Kenya Malawi Ghana Source Type: news
[Ethiopian Herald] Even if it is not yet clear whether malaria infection presents an additional risk factor for becoming infected with COVID-19 or the severity of the infection, researchers do agree that there are several reasons to be concerned about malaria within the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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We present advances in modeling techniques that have led to fundamental disease discoveries and impacted clinical translation.Recent FindingsCombining mechanistic models and machine learning algorithms has led to improvements in the treatment ofShigella and tuberculosis through the development of novel compounds. Modeling of the epidemic dynamics of malaria at the within-host and between-host level has afforded the development of more effective vaccination and antimalarial therapies. Similarly, in-host and host-host models have supported the development of new HIV treatment modalities and an improved understanding of the i...
Source: Current Pathobiology Reports - Category: Laboratory Medicine Source Type: research
This article focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child health in sub-Saharan Africa. We review the epidemiology of major pediatric diseases and, referencing modeling projections, discuss the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on major disease control. We deliberate on potential complications of SARS-CoV-2 co-infections/co-morbidities and identify critical social and ethical issues. Furthermore, we highlight the paucity of COVID-19 data and clinical trials in this region and the lack of child participants in ongoing studies. Lastly, approaches and interventions to mitigate the pandemic's impact on chi...
Source: Pediatric Research - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Pediatr Res Source Type: research
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