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Drug discovery offers new hope to halt the spread of malaria

Drug discovery offers new hope to halt the spread of malaria

Breakthrough research has revealed a new drug that may prevent the spread of malaria, and also treat people suffering with the deadly parasitic disease. The findings, which were delivered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Glasgow and published today in Science, offer fresh hope in the global fight against malaria. Malaria, …

Is setting a deadline for eradicating malaria a good idea? Scientists are divided

Is setting a deadline for eradicating malaria a good idea? Scientists are divided

In 2007, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates stunned many scientists when, at a meeting in Seattle, Washington, they called for the worldwide eradication of malaria. Many felt malaria was so entrenched—there were almost 250 million cases annually—and so difficult to fight that any talk of eradication was premature. But it’s hard to ignore two of the …

WORLD MOSQUITO DAY 2019

WORLD MOSQUITO DAY 2019

Globally, World Mosquito Day is celebrated on 20 August every year. It was first recognized in 1897, when the link between mosquitos and malaria transmission was discovered by Sir Ronald Ross. He discovered that the female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. On this day, African Media and Malaria Research Network joins a host of …

Malaria outbreak feared in Kampala

Malaria outbreak feared in Kampala

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Five children are admitted each day in Acute Care Unit of Mulago National Referral hospital with convulsions and anemia resulting from malaria infection. Dr. Richard Idro, a Pediatrician in the Unit, says this situation is unlike weeks ago when they were registering four to five cases a week. “It’s not …

Okyenhene urges media to speak on issues of Malaria

Okyenhene urges media to speak on issues of Malaria

Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyenhene and President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, has called on the media to speak out on issues that affect the environment, development and particularly health of people. He said the media may not have the power to change or formulate polices, but they have the power of the …

Use of drones in malaria fight to begin with Gasabo

Use of drones in malaria fight to begin with Gasabo

Rwanda will by the end of this month start using drones in spraying mosquito prone areas as it steps up efforts to eliminate malaria. According to Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, the Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), the pilot phase will begin in Gasabo District before being rolled out to other parts of the country …

How African homes impact health

The study, thought to be the first to use machine-learning to measure housingconditions in sub-Saharan Africa, has found housing qualitytransformed but the persistence of slum conditions compromise health. Medical entomologist, science prodigy, and Associate Professor of Public Health at Wits University, Fredros Okumu, was 18 years old when he was recruited as live mosquito bait as part …

New malaria vaccine effective, poses no difficulties

New malaria vaccine effective, poses no difficulties

A Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Alexander K.K. Abban, has stated that the Ministry of Health has so far not recorded any negative reaction to the new anti-malaria vaccines for children that is being piloted in some selected regions in the country. He said contrary to fears that the anti-malaria vaccines could come with some …

AMMREN Training Programmes

AMMREN Training Programmes

Training Programme! Introduction  Are you a Student Journalist, an entry level journalist or an individual who loves to write?  Do you want to improve your writing skills. This is your chance to sharpen your skills in journalistic writing and editing. African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN) has a range of short courses to build your …