Ghana: MoH, Zoomlion Embark On Nationwide Mosquito Control Campaign
[Ghanaian Times] Waste management expert Zoomlion and a member of the Jospong Group of Companies in collaboration with the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Services and the Noguchi Memorial Centre have began an extensive training of key malaria control players across the country towards the implementation of a national malaria control programme, which focuses mainly on killing the larvae of mosquitos. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New high-resolution maps show how to defeat malaria
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) New high-resolution maps show the global burden of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, the two parasites that cause the majority of malaria cases worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: 3-Day Meeting HBHI Underway in Accra
[Ghanaian Times] A high level stakeholders meeting is underway to review Ghana's efforts at reducing the malaria burden under the new "high burden to high impact (HBHI)" approach. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: New WHO Scorecard Shows Poor Progress of the Viral Hepatitis Response in the African Region
[WHO] A new scorecard -- the first to examine hepatitis prevalence and response in the World Health Organization (WHO) African region, shows that only three of the 47 countries are on track to eliminate the disease that affects one in 15 people in the region. Dying of viral hepatitis in Africa is becoming a bigger threat than dying of AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Spotlight Gives Hope to Africa's Hunted Albinos
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] United Nations -In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism are attacked for their body parts which are prized in witchcraft for use as lucky charms or in magic potions (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Still Wrong - Malaria Doesn't Kill a Child Every 30 Seconds in Africa
[Africa Check] An old claim about the number of child deaths in Africa from malaria has surfaced again. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Promising Results From Malaria-Prevention Medication Among Children in Borno State
[WHO] "I had always asked my family members to sit outside for one or two hours at night just before bedtime, when I usually spray the bedroom with indoor sprays," says Hajia Hauwa Abiso, who lives in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno. "Little did I know that mosquito bites during this period were enough to infect them." (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Identification of protective antibodies may be key to effective malaria vaccine
(University of Oxford) Researchers from the University of Oxford, along with partners from five institutions around the world, have identified the human antibodies that prevent the malaria parasite from entering blood cells, which may be key to creating a highly effective malaria vaccination. The results of the study were published today in the journal Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Launches Anti-Malaria Unit, Vows to Eradicate the Disease
[Dalsan Radio] AL-Shabab has pulled a first one once again by launching an anti-malaria unit. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Researchers identify human protein that aids development of malaria parasite
(Rockefeller University Press) Researchers in Japan have discovered that the Plasmodium parasites responsible for malaria rely on a human liver cell protein for their development into a form capable of infecting red blood cells and causing disease. The study, which will be published June 12 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggests that targeting this human protein, known as CXCR4, could be a way to block the parasite's life cycle and prevent the development of malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug to treat malaria could mitigate hereditary hearing loss
(Case Western Reserve University) The ability to hear depends on proteins to reach the outer membrane of sensory cells in the inner ear. But in certain types of hereditary hearing loss, mutations in the protein prevent it from reaching these membranes. Using a zebrafish model, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found that an anti-malarial drug called artemisinin may help prevent hearing loss associated with this genetic disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Big data 'can stop malaria outbreaks before they start'
Technology in Norway is helping to stop malaria deaths thousands of miles away in Bangladesh. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swaziland: His Majesty King Mswati III Launches End Malaria Fund
[WHO] His Majesty King Mswati III, who is the current chairperson for the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) launched the End Malaria Fund for the Kingdom of Eswatini. This initiative is aimed at mobilising sustainable domestic resources for malaria elimination in the Kingdom, the region and the entire African continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Angola: Health Sector Steps Up Epidemiological Prevention in Hu íla
[ANGOP] Caluquembe -Awareness campaign on the importance of personal and collective hygiene has been launched in the communities of the southern Huila province aimed to prevent outbreaks of scabies, malaria and meningitis in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Proteasome inhibitors show promise for drug-resistant malaria
(PLOS) Proteasome inhibitors have significant promise as components of novel combination therapies to treat multidrug-resistant malaria, according to a study published June 6 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by David Fidock, Caroline Ng, and Barbara Stokes of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Matthew Bogyo of Stanford University School of Medicine, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Targeting malaria transmission
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Source: ScienceNOW - June 6, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Pujanandez, L. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Uganda: Residents Reject Indoor Spraying Programme, Fear Being Impotent
[Monitor] Many residents of Lira and Alebtong districts have rejected government's national Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) programme meant for malaria control, claiming it makes men impotent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Young UCT Scientist Selected for International Leadership Initiative
[UCT] "Who knew a boy from rural Mansa, Zambia could come this far, stand a chance and become successful at opportunities like this?" These are the words of Dickson Mambwe, a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery, after recently being selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers synthesize antimalaria molecules found in a fungus from Nunavut
(Universit é Laval) The solution to the problem of increasing drug resistance among malaria-causing parasites could come from the North, according to a study published in Chemical Communications by researchers from Universit é Laval and the CHU de Qu é bec Research Centre. The team successfully synthesized molecules discovered in a microscopic fungus from Nunavut and demonstrated their in vitro efficacy against the parasite responsible for malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A new way to block malaria transmission by targeting young contagious parasite forms
(Radboud University Medical Center) Boosting our natural antibody responses against the transmissible parasite stage could hold the key to combatting the malaria parasite and preventing the spread of the disease. It was previously though thought the human part of the malaria transmission cycle is immunologically 'silent'. However, a new study demonstrates that natural immune responses can recognize and kill parasites in this phase of the life cycle before they can spread to mosquitoes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Phytocompounds in pigeon pea offer therapeutic potential against multiple diseases
In this study, researchers from Kerala Agricultural University in India investigated the potential of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan), a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine, against chronic inflammatory diseases, malaria, measles, and sickle cell disease. Their investigation of the molecular mechanisms behind its reported therapeutic activities was published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liberia: Lutheran Church Intensifies Malaria Prevention Campaign
[Observer] Under its preventive health services program, the leadership of the Lutheran Church in Liberia Malaria Program (LCLMP) continues to employ various measures in expanding its malaria prevention awareness campaign in rural communities, mainly in central Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 3, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Malaria and Meningitis Dominate Epidemiology in Angola - Secretary of State
[ANGOP] Lubango -The epidemiological situation in the country is dominated mainly by two diseases, which are malaria and meningitis, although there is a reduction of these diseases in some provinces. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 3, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Causes Facial Nerve Palsy?
Discussion Facial nerve palsy has been known for centuries, but in 1821 unilateral facial nerve paralysis was described by Sir Charles Bell. Bell’s palsy (BP) is a unilateral, acute facial paralysis that is clinically diagnosed after other etiologies have been excluded by appropriate history, physical examination and/or laboratory testing or imaging. Symptoms include abnormal movement of facial nerve. It can be associated with changes in facial sensation, hearing, taste or excessive tearing. The right and left sides are equally affected but bilateral BP is rare (0.3%). Paralysis can be complete or incomplete at prese...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 3, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Africa: New Fungi Show Promise in Fighting Malaria
[The Conversation Africa] Bed nets. Insecticides. Sterile and genetically modified insects. Now scientists are adding a genetically engineered toxic fungus to the arsenal of weapons to wipe out mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 31, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Laboratory Fungus 'Kills 99 Percent of Malaria Mosquitoes'
[East African] A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 31, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mosquito-killing spider juice offers malaria hope
Scientists have genetically modified a fungus to make it produce the same lethal toxin as is found in the funnel web spiderA genetically modified fungus that kills malaria-carrying mosquitoes could provide a breakthrough in the fight against the disease, according to researchers.Trials in Burkina Faso found that a fungus, modified so that it produces spider toxin, quickly killed large numbers of mosquitos that carry malaria.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Ratcliffe Tags: Global health Global development Malaria World news Burkina Faso Africa Genetics Science Biology Medical research Source Type: news

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests
A fungus has been genetically modified with spider venom to kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Genetically Modify Fungus To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Malaria
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Liberia: Lutheran Church Takes Malaria Prevention Campaign to Rural Liberia
[New Dawn] The Lutheran Church in Liberia Malaria Program (LCLMP) continues to employ various measures in expanding its malaria prevention awareness campaign in rural communities mainly, in central Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Killing Mosquito Larvae Can Contribute Towards Malaria Elimination
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is a serious, complex and often fatal vector-borne disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium and transmitted when people are bitten by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Diagnostic will help propel development of improved malaria tests, support surveillance
(PATH) PATH and Quansys Biosciences, Inc. have announced the launch of a new diagnostic tool designed to help researchers develop more sensitive and reliable malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and to support public health surveillance. The Q-Plex (TM) Human Malaria Array (5-Plex) is a quantitative immunoassay that simultaneously measures multiple malaria antigens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Transgenic fungus rapidly killed malaria mosquitoes in West African study
(University of Maryland) In a research paper published in the May 31, 2019, issue of the journal Science, a team of scientists from the University of Maryland and Burkina Faso described the first trial outside the laboratory of a transgenic approach to combating malaria. The study showed that a naturally occurring fungus engineered to deliver a toxin to mosquitoes safely reduced mosquito populations by more than 99% in a screen-enclosed, simulated village setting in Burkina Faso, West Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Diagnostic Will Help Propel Development of Improved Malaria Tests...
PATH and Quansys Biosciences, Inc. have announced the launch of the Q-Plex™ Human Malaria Array (5-Plex), designed to help researchers develop more sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)...(PRWeb May 30, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/new_diagnostic_will_help_propel_development_of_improved_malaria_tests_and_support_surveillance/prweb16345325.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Targeting mosquitoes to target malaria
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Source: ScienceNOW - May 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ash, C. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Molecular Biology twis Source Type: news

Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso
Malaria control efforts require implementation of new technologies that manage insecticide resistance. Metarhizium pingshaense provides an effective, mosquito-specific delivery system for potent insect-selective toxins. A semifield trial in a MosquitoSphere (a contained, near-natural environment) in Soumousso, a region of Burkina Faso where malaria is endemic, confirmed that the expression of an insect-specific toxin (Hybrid) increased fungal lethality and the likelihood that insecticide-resistant mosquitoes would be eliminated from a site. Also, as Hybrid-expressing M. pingshaense is effective at very low spore doses, its...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Lovett, B., Bilgo, E., Millogo, S. A., Ouattarra, A. K., Sare, I., Gnambani, E. J., Dabire, R. K., Diabate, A., St. Leger, R. J. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Molecular Biology reports Source Type: news

West Africa: WHO and the Principality of Monaco Forge New Ties to End Malaria in Africa's Sahel Region
[WHO] With 93% of all malaria deaths worldwide occurring in the African region, the Principality of Monaco and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa have forged a new partnership which aims to bring the continent a step closer to a malaria-free Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotic alternative shows promise
UK researchers discover new compound which kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs Related items fromOnMedica GPs given help to spot Lyme disease Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Antibiotics courses often longer than guidelines 'Keep Antibiotics Working' campaign resurfaces (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Algeria: UN Declares Algeria and Argentina Free of Deadly Malaria
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bogota -Algeria is the third African country to eliminate one of the world's leading killer diseases (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Working the night shift on Malaria's frontline in Sierra Leone
A night shift in the hospital on the frontline of the fight against malaria. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New plea for MMR vaccination as cases rise
795 cases of mumps and 231 of measles in first quarter of 2019 Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Results from children ’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ World ’s first malaria vaccine piloted in Malawi babies HPA warns of possible measles epidemic Vaccination of children could target flu best (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

U.N. Declares Algeria and Argentina Free of Deadly Malaria U.N. Declares Algeria and Argentina Free of Deadly Malaria
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Algeria: Algeria and Argentina Certified Malaria-Free By WHO
[WHO] Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: This is How Universal Health Coverage Led to Algeria Being Malaria-Free
[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Algeria is now the second African country after Mauritius to be officially recognized by the World Health Organisation as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years. Morocco was declared malaria-free in 2010 which would have made the country the second African country to be certified malaria-free but it falls within WHO's "Eastern Mediterrean" region. Dr Akpaka Kalu, WHO Representative in E (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Algeria and Argentina are officially malaria-free, says World Health Organization
Malaria has been eliminated from Algeria and Argentina, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, an important milestone in fighting the mosquito-borne disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global climate change emergency leads to first World Forum on Climate Justice
(Elsevier) Elsevier and the Glasgow Caledonian University Centre for Climate Justice are pleased to announce a partnership that will provide the platform to discuss the impacts of climate change on weather forecasting, people trafficking and growing spread of mosquito-borne malaria, among other topics, at the first World Forum on Climate Justice, June 19-21, 2019 at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Some Generic Drugs Could Do More Harm Than Good
For the 16 years that Dr. Brian Westerberg, a Canadian surgeon, worked volunteer missions at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, scarcity was the norm. The patients usually exceeded the 1,500 allotted beds. Running water was once cut off when the debt-ridden hospital was unable to pay its bills. On some of his early trips, Westerberg even brought over drugs from Canada in order to treat patients. But as low-cost generics made in India and China became widely available through Uganda’s government and international aid agencies in the early 2000s, it seemed at first like the supply issue had been ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Eban Tags: Uncategorized generic drugs medication medicine Source Type: news

Tanzania: 'Invisible' Species of Malaria That Hides Inside Body
[East African] Scientists in Tanzania have discovered that a species of malaria can live in the body for decades without showing any clinical signs, but still manage to contribute to the transmission of malaria in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Malaria Surveillance - United States, 2016
Malaria is endemic in many countries, and chemoprophylaxis is the best method of prevention. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 16, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Malaria MMWR MMWR Summaries Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Prevention Surveillance Source Type: news

Cochrane expresses thanks to Professor Prathap Tharyan for leading Cochrane South Asia for over 14 years
After leading Cochrane South Asia since 2005, first as a Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre, and from 2008 as a standalone Cochrane South Asia Centre, Professor Prathap Tharyan is retiring from his role as Director.Under Prathap ’s leadership, Cochrane South Asia, based at the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Health Care and Health Policy at CMC, Vellore, has contributed enormously to Cochrane's global efforts to increase the uptake of reliable evidence to inform health decisions. In the early years of the Centre, Prathap organized several very successful annual conferences on evidence-based health ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news