Resistance to front-line malaria drugs confirmed in Africa

“The artemisinin-based treatments are taking longer to clear infections. But they are still working — for now.” “Signs of drug resistance have long been present in Africa: for instance, in Rwanda between 2012 and 2015, scientists detected1 the existence of gene mutations associated with resistance in malaria parasites. A new study, published in the New England Journal […]

Public health-relevant consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on malaria in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges to health systems worldwide, including the control of non-COVID-19 diseases. Malaria cases and deaths may increase due to the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic in malaria-endemic countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This scoping review aims to summarize information on public health-relevant effects of the […]

New Malaria Mosquito Emerges in African Cities

“A mosquito species which was until recently unseen on the African continent is now common in cities in Ethiopia, research shows, with worrying consequences for malaria infections. The mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, is the main malaria mosquito in India and was first detected in Africa only a few years ago. As well as Ethiopian cities, the insect species since been found in urban […]

How Environmental Damage can Lead to New Diseases

“One probable reason for the increase in pathogens is that felling trees increases contact between humans and disease-carrying animals. Scientists found a correlation between the loss of forests in west and central Africa and outbreaks of Ebola between 2004 and 2014. The Ebola virus is thought to be transmitted by infected bats and primates, although […]

China Declared Officially Malaria Free by WHO

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared China malaria-free, after a 70-year effort to wipe it out. China used to report 30 million cases a year during the 1940s. Since then, eradication efforts have driven down case numbers. The country used various methods to break the cycle of transmission of the parasite via mosquitos. The […]

Kenya Uses Drones to Kill Mosquito Larvae

“Kenya has begun using drones to identify mosquito breeding sites in the country and kill them at the larval stage. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said the drones will help in accessing hard-to-reach areas especially in counties where malaria is prevalent. The drones will be spraying a non-toxic, bio-degradable control substance to kill mosquito larvae. This […]

‘Extra 4.7 billion’ Could Face Malaria and Dengue Fever by 2100 without Climate Action

“Mosquito-borne viruses are already emerging in previously unaffected places” “According to a study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the number of people living in places affected by the mosquito-borne viruses could rise to 8.4 billion by the year 2070 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to keep rising at current levels. […]