Malaria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19725/all en Opinion: How DDT could stop the spread of malaria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110422/malaria-no-more-ddt-africa <p> GEORGETOWN &mdash; While many press to elimination of DDT completely, there is unequivocal evidence that the insecticide is a safe, affordable tool to control malaria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110422/malaria-no-more-ddt-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaria Opinion Science Health Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:03:00 +0000 Leslie Ramsammy 5639667 at http://www.globalpost.com Fake malaria drugs "put millions in Africa at risk": study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120117/fake-malaria-drugs-from-china-africa-millions-at-risk The fake medicine could harm patients and lead to drug resistance among malaria parasites, according to the study published in the Malaria Journal.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120117/fake-malaria-drugs-from-china-africa-millions-at-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Malaria China Science Health Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:32:44 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5687693 at http://www.globalpost.com Global malaria deaths twice as high as estimated, Lancet study says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120203/global-malaria-deaths-underestimated-lancet-study Malaria deaths rose from 995,000 in 1980 to a peak of 1.82 million in 2004, but since then have been steadily decreasing.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120203/global-malaria-deaths-underestimated-lancet-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Malaria Health Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:31:42 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5690210 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaria drugs in Africa are often Chinese fakes, new study says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120710/malaria-medication-africa-world-health-organization-chinese-fakes <p><span style="line-height: 20px; ">JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; Many of Africa&rsquo;s anti-malaria drugs are fake or of poor quality, weakening a crucial battle against the world&rsquo;s deadliest disease, a new investigation has found.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Instead of fighting malaria, the bad-quality drugs may actually be accelerating the disease by causing drug resistance.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120710/malaria-medication-africa-world-health-organization-chinese-fakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Malaria South Africa Health Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:27:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5711207 at http://www.globalpost.com Q&A with PATH: An update on malaria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/qa-path-update-malaria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dr. Kent Campbell, director of the Malaria Control Program at PATH, spoke with GlobalPost about achievements in the fight against malaria and what is needed to bring transmission to zero. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nicola Pardy </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Dr. Kent Campbell is the director of the Malaria Control Program at PATH, which is focused on developing evidence-based national malaria control programs in Africa. From 2004 through 2008, he served as the program director for the MACEPA (Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa) program at PATH. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in malaria control and international public health, and he was recently awarded the Le Prince Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He spoke with GlobalPost about achievements in the fight against malaria and what is needed to bring transmission to zero.</em></p> <p><strong>Q: How long have you been working with malaria in global health?</strong></p> <p>A: I’ve been working in global health since I was in my residency at Harvard in 1972, so that makes it almost 40 years. I began working at the Center for Disease Control when I was serving as a public health service officer. I had an opportunity in that two-year fellowship program at the CDC to work in West Africa on a disease called Lassa fever. That was quite an experience— in fact, I got very sick and it looked like I had Lassa fever. But, as they say, I did survive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/qa-path-update-malaria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaria Health Global Pulse Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:32:40 +0000 Nicola Pardy 5726162 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaria fight is stalling over money, report says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/121217/malaria-fight-stalling-over-money-report-says World Health Organization estimates countries spent $1.8 billion last year on fighting malaria but $5 billion a year is needed.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/121217/malaria-fight-stalling-over-money-report-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaria Health Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:51:38 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5729441 at http://www.globalpost.com A cure for malaria? New vaccine could save millions of lives http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/131008/cure-malaria-new-vaccine-could-save-millions JOHANNESBURG — In what could be a game changer for one of the world’s deadliest diseases, scientists say a vaccine against malaria may finally be within reach.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/131008/cure-malaria-new-vaccine-could-save-millions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Malaria Want to Know Health Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5955527 at http://www.globalpost.com Two advances may pave new ways for combating malaria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/two-new-advances-combating-malaria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlaxoSmithKline has applied to license the world’s first malaria vaccine and researchers in Tanzania have developed a new model for testing malaria drugs in Africa. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Indrani Basu </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UK-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/24/us-gsk-malaria-vaccine-idUSKBN0FT13220140724">made waves last week</a> with the announcement that it was seeking regulatory approval for the world&rsquo;s first-ever malaria vaccine. GSK hopes that its vaccine, called &lsquo;RTS,S,&rsquo; will prevent millions of malaria cases each year.</p> <p>Meanwhile, researchers in Tanzania said this week they have made strides in developing an important research tool that they hope will significantly contribute to developing anti-malarial drugs and vaccines suited to the African population.</p> <p>Both recent advents in the field of malarial research hold promise in tackling one of the world&rsquo;s deadliest diseases. But there&rsquo;s still a long way to go before eradicating malaria, experts say.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/two-new-advances-combating-malaria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaria Health Global Pulse Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Indrani Basu 6218221 at http://www.globalpost.com Cameroon finds a way to celebrate World Mosquito Day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/how-do-you-celebrate-world-mosquito-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Malaria kills 2,000 people per year in this country of 23 million people. Virtually all of these deaths could be prevented by mosquito control and early treatment. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joanne Silberner </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>YAOUNDE, Cameroon &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">How do you celebrate World Mosquito Day?</span></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re the NGO <a href="http://www.malarianomore.org/?gclid=CPvjrOrspMACFSpp7Aod8SkAbA">Malaria No More</a>, you send &ldquo;junior ambassadors&rdquo; to Cameroon&rsquo;s capital city to lead a loud and raucous street rally.</p> <p>Onlookers crowd around a local official as he digs out sewage trenches so that water will flow and mosquitoes can&rsquo;t breed. They listen to a song about malaria, to speeches, and to children being quizzed. Kids who get the answers right get mosquito nets.</p> <p>The loudspeakers are turned up high, and despite the hot weather, men and boys, and women and girls in brightly colored dresses jostle to get close to the speakers, dancers and drummers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/how-do-you-celebrate-world-mosquito-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaria Health Global Pulse Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:31:00 +0000 Joanne Silberner 6237541 at http://www.globalpost.com