Malaria in Africa: Parasite 'resistant to artemisinin'
Scientists in Rwanda find cases of resistance to artemisinin, a frontline drug used to treat malaria. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Investigates Drug Stores Over Covid-19 Drugs Price Hike
[Premium Times] Federal authorities in Nigeria are investigating some drug stores in the country over outrageous hiking of prices of hydroxychloroquine, a controversial anti-malaria drug used for COVID-19 treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: How We Can Win the Battle Against Treatment-Resistant Malaria
[Citizen] The history of resistance to antimalarials in Africa is not a happy one. At one time, chloroquine was the leading recommended treatment against malaria. Resistance to this medicine first emerged in Southeast Asia in the late 1950s, and then spread to Africa over the next 30 years, devastating the fight against the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

After previously banning it, Ohio now says coronavirus patients can use hydroxychloroquine
(Natural News) In response to the now-banned America’s Frontline Doctors “White Coat Summit” event, the state of Ohio tried to ban the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the generic anti-malaria drug that is helping to cure patients from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). But this ban has since been reversed, allowing sanity to be restored. In the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Covid-19 - Why Nigeria Should Tackle Disruptions in Malaria Services
[Daily Trust] The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) has advised the country and other malaria-endemic countries to minimise any disruptions of malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 response. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Malaria Deaths Increase in Caconda Municipality
[ANGOP] Caconda -- At least 155 people have died of malaria in Caconda municipality, central Huila province, during the first half of this year from a total of 20,932 cases diagnosed representing 132 more deaths compared to the same period in 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Religion & the Pandemic: A Call Beyond the Here & Now
Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Albania distributing Covid relief supplies from the Multi-religious Humanitarian Fund. Credit: Erzen CarjaBy Prof. Azza KaramNEW YORK, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) — I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums “in search of something.” These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Civil Society Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Malaria: Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa
(Institut Pasteur) Resistance to artemisinin, the main component of the current antimalarial treatments recommended by WHO, is already widespread in South-East Asia, but it had not previously been described in Africa. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur recently detected the emergence and spread of malaria parasites capable of resisting artemisinin derivatives for the first time in Rwanda. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.
Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year. Lockdowns and supply-chain disruptions threaten progress against the disease as well as H.I.V. and malaria. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Disease Rates Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Chloroquine (Drug) Tuberculosis Medicine and Health Shutdowns (Institutional) Malaria Drug Resistance (Microbial) Deaths (F Source Type: news

Nigeria: School Reopening - Ogun Begins Mandatory Covid-19, Malaria Tests for Ss3 Students
[Premium Times] As part of the protocols for school resumption, the Ogun State government has announced that COVID-19 and malaria tests will be mandatory for returning boarding students. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Supporting Healthcare Workers in Uganda to Respond to Covid-19 and Beyond
[Malaria Consortium] Malaria Consortium, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, is developing the capacity of 33,000 frontline healthcare workers across 40 districts in Uganda to identify and safely treat cases of COVID-19, while continuing to deliver integrated community case management (iCCM), a strategy to tackle malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and acute malnutrition - the main killers of children under five. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NIH researchers discover new set of channels connecting malaria parasite and blood cells
Discovery provides new target for anti-malaria treatments. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NIH researchers discover new set of channels connecting malaria parasite and blood cells
(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have discovered another set of pore-like holes, or channels, traversing the membrane-bound sac that encloses the deadliest malaria parasite as it infects red blood cells. The channels enable the transport of lipids--fat-like molecules--between the blood cell and parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The parasite draws lipids from the cell to sustain its growth and may also secrete other types of lipids to hijack cell functions to meet its needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infe...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine No COVID Cure, Experts Warn
Experts are warning about messages in a controversial video shared by President Donald Trump touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a recommended treatment for COVID-19. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angola: Angola Reinforces Fight Against Malaria
[ANGOP] Luanda -- The project to combat malaria in Angola has been reinforced with funds initially expected to be allocated for the construction of a Presidential dental clinic, the Specialized Committees of the National Assembly decided on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment
President Donald Trump has issued a stout defense of a disproved use of a malaria drug as a treatment for the coronavirus, hours after social media companies moved to take down videos promoting its use as potentially harmful misinformation (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The mystery of the less deadly mosquito nets
(James Cook University) Research published in Nature Communications shows that insecticide-treated mosquito nets, the mainstay in the global battle against malaria, are not providing the protection they once did - and scientists say that's a cause for serious concern in tropical and subtropical countries around the globe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Tanzania's Mkapa Suffered From Malaria, Not Virus, Says Family
[Daily Maverick] Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa was suffering from malaria and died of a heart attack, his family has said, scotching rumours that he succumbed to coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

SwRI, UTSA researchers receive grant to reduce cost of malaria treatment
(Southwest Research Institute) Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are working to synthesize novel highly potent derivatives of the antimalarial drug ar-temisinin with the goal of creating a powerful, cost-effective malaria treatment. Led by Dr. Shawn Blumberg of SwRI's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division and Dr. Doug Frantz of the Department of Chemistry within UTSA's College of Sciences, the work is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partner-ships (CONNECT) program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UCalgary researchers unlock new insights that could help with vaccine development
(University of Calgary) Researchers at the University of Calgary have unlocked new insights that may help with vaccine development for infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, and tuberculosis. The findings show that rather than enhancing protection, a highly polarized cell-mediated response that was believed to be protective was, in fact, detrimental. These observations into the regulation of immunity against infectious diseases could provide a more holistic framework to design vaccines against those infections that don't have one. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: HIV, Malaria, TB Deaths Could Rise By Up to 36%
[SciDev.Net] Nairobi -- Low- and middle-income countries could see HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria deaths increase by up to 36 per cent over the next five years because of COVID-19-induced health services disruptions, a study projects. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Receives U.S.$890 Million From Global Fund to Tackle HIV, Malaria
[This Day] Abuja -- The federal government has received $890 million as grants from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Global Fund Gives U.S.$890 Million to Tackle HIV/Aids, TB, Malaria
[Premium Times] Nigeria has received an $890 million grant from the Global Fund to reduce the burden of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over an implementation period of three years, beginning from 2021 to 2023. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria drug chloroquine does not inhibit SARS-CoV-2
(Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ)/German Primate Center) Study shows that chloroquine does not block SARS-CoV-2 infection of lung cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 22, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Burkina Faso: Growing Insecurity and Violence Displace Thousands
[MSF] The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso's Centre-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence. Many have no option but to stay in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the elements. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: COVID-19 - Virus Presents Malaria Symptoms but It's Not, Ncdc Warns
[Vanguard] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says though Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents symptoms similar to malaria such as fever, both diseases are caused by different organisms and differ in mode of transmission. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Novel Coronavirus Presents Malaria Symptoms but It's Not, NCDC Warns
[Vanguard] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says though Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents symptoms similar to malaria such as fever, both diseases are caused by different organisms and differ in mode of transmission. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In This Bolivian City, Hard-Hit by the Pandemic, a Fake —and Toxic—Coronavirus Cure Proves Popular
(COCHABAMBA, Bolivia) — Long lines form every morning in one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic as desperate people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and a myriad of other diseases. The rush in the city of Cochabamba to buy a disinfectant known to cause harm to those who ingest it comes even after the Bolivian Health Ministry warned of its dangers and said at least five people were poisoned after taking chlorine dioxide in La Paz, the capital. Dr. Antonio Viruez, who is treating the five at a hospital...
Source: TIME: Health - July 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Diego Cartagena and Paola Flores / AP Tags: Uncategorized Bolivia COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Lupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat in High-Risk Newborns: Study
FRIDAY, July 17, 2020 -- A drug used to treat lupus and malaria -- hydroxychloroquine -- reduced by half the risk of a potentially fatal heart condition in newborns who were at high risk for it. The condition -- known as congenital heart block (CHB)... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 17, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Pesticides speed the spread of deadly waterborne pathogens
(University of California - Berkeley) Widespread use of pesticides can speed the transmission of the debilitating disease schistosomiasis, while also upsetting the ecological balances in aquatic environments that prevent infections, finds a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The infection, which can trigger lifelong liver and kidney damage, affects hundreds of millions of people every year and is second only to malaria among parasitic diseases, in terms of its global impact on human health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impact of COVID - 19 Estimated on HIV, TB, Malaria Services
Disruption of services due to COVID - 19 could lead to loss of life similar to that from direct impact (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - July 16, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

West Africa: Malaria Consortium Delivers Life-Saving Antimalarial Drugs Across West Africa
[Malaria Consortium] The first treatment cycle of the 2020 seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) campaign is underway and Malaria Consortium is on course to reach 12 million children in Burkina Faso, Chad and Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 Estimated on HIV, TB, Malaria Services
THURSDAY, July 16, 2020 -- Disruption to services for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria due to COVID-19 could lead to considerable loss of life in low- and middle-income countries, according to a study published online July 13 in The Lancet Global... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Africa: Procurement of COVID-19 Products Exempted From $50 Million Cap
[GFO] On 7 July 2020, the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria, approved the Secretariat's request to use wambo.org for non-Global Fund financed procurement of products related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Global Fund is already using the wambo.org platform to facilitate procurement of these products by Principal Recipients (PRs) using grant funds. These funds include the $500 million in grant flexibilities and an additional $500 million made available through (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Covid-19 Cannot Be Defeated by a Divided World
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 2020 (IPS) Announcing an independent evaluation of the global Covid-19 response on 9th July, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked why it has been “difficult for humans to unite and fight a common enemy that is killing people indiscriminately?”. Anis Chowdhury He warned: “The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself. Rather, it is the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels… we cannot defeat this pandemic as a divided world”, highlight...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Uganda: Novel Coronavirus Sparks Fears of a Spike in Malaria Deaths
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Gulu/Palabek, Uganda -- Lockdowns have hit distribution of nets and people with malaria symptoms are delaying seeing a doctor for fear of the virus (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Donald Trump has held back global efforts to find real treatments, SAGE scientists claims
Sir Jeremy Farrar said the US President's enthusiasm about the anti-malaria drug - which has since been proven not to have any effect on Covid patients - 'delayed and slowed down progress of treatments'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eritrea: Commendable Effort to Control Malaria Prevalence
[Shabait] Keren -- Commendable effort is being exerted to control the prevalence of malaria in Anseba region. The report was made by the Ministry of Health branch in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Officials Shun Mosquito Nets Distribution Over Poor Pay
[Monitor] The mass distribution exercise of government mosquito nets in the villages of Soroti District on Sunday came to a standstill officials protested the poor pay. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: What Kano Must Do to Effectively Tackle Malaria - Experts
[Daily Trust] Year in year out, governments and donor agencies expend huge amounts of resources for treatment and prevention of malaria in Kano State in particular and the country in general, but the problem seems insurmountable. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Borno, WHO and Partners to Control Seasonal Malaria Infection and Target Over Two Million Children in On-Going Campaign
[WHO] Borno state government in collaboration with Federal ministry of Health and WHO, deployed about 8,000 community health care workers (including drug administrators, recorders, supervisors, monitors and community leaders) to deliver Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) to about two million children aged 3-59 months in Borno state. The main objective of the campaign is to protect children from malaria during this year's peak transmission season. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Peninsula biotech spins out parasite-fighting drugs to biotech legends' startup
A Peninsula biotech company is supplying a set of parasite-fighting preclinical compounds to a startup created by one of the scientists who co-founded the company more than two decades ago. Kainomyx Inc. — launched by a Stanford University-connected team including scientist Jim Spudich, a winner of the prestigious Lasker Award — is targeting malaria, leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases. Spudich was one of the founders of Cytokinetics Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK), which is taking an equity stake… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kano Government, Malaria Consortium to Spend N3illion On Prevention Campaign
[Daily Trust] Kano State Government in partnership with the Malaria Consortium have earmarked about N3 billion for malaria prevention activities in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 13, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Lancet Global Health: Modelling study predicts surge in HIV, TB, and malaria deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic
(The Lancet) Some low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) could see HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria deaths increase by as much as 10%, 20%, and 36% respectively over the next 5 years due to the disruption of health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its response, according new modelling research published in The Lancet Global Health journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 13, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: COVID-19 - Group Cautions Against Retrogression in Anti Malaria Drive
[This Day] Abuja -- The Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunisation and Nutrition (ACOMIN) national advocacy group has said that Nigeria is witnessing a slowing down in intervention efforts against malaria scourge due to the attention being focused on containing COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Landcent seeks €2 million investment into next generation of malaria prevention products
The initiative aims to accelerate the World Health Organisation ’s goal of a malaria-free world by 2040. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ghana: Malaria Elimination At Risk As Ghana Economy Improves
[SciDev.Net] Accra -- Ghana's efforts to eliminate malaria could be in jeopardy as its improved economy results in reduced external funding for fighting malaria, a study suggests. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Next Generation Entomologists Share Their Research in Malaria Consortium Webinar
[Malaria Consortium] Since 2017, seven exceptional students from across Africa and Asia have received Malaria Consortium's Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship in Entomology. As many of the scholars' studies have drawn to a close, they were given the chance to present their research projects during a Malaria Consortium webinar: 'The next generation of entomologists: What the future holds'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Should We Experimentally Infect People With Covid-19 To Speed Up Vaccine Development?
Dr. Stephen Thomas, Chief of Infectious Diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University, discusses his experience volunteering for a malaria vaccine trial in 2001 and how to evaluate the risks of human challenge experiments in search of a coronavirus vaccine. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 8, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephen Thomas, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science Editors' Pick editors-pick Decision Maker decision-maker Coronavirus Source Type: news

Brazil's president, infected with virus, touts malaria drug
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who says he is infected with the coronavirus, has defended his government’s handling of the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Brazilians and touted his use of a contentious anti-malaria drug (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news