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Al Jazeera Examines Nigeria’s Drive To Increase Access To Injectable Anti-Malarial Drug

Al Jazeera: The Cure: Mission Malaria “…Injectable artesunate is a rapidly acting drug that kills the parasites that cause malaria. In 2010, the World Health Organization authorized aid agencies to supply the drug as the preferred first line treatment for severe malaria. … But despite its effectiveness, injectable artesunate is…

U.N. Appeals For More Than $1B In Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for more than $1 billion in aid to South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan crisis ‘deteriorates’ after six months of war “Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which…

Researchers Stepping Up Efforts To Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria In Burma

The Guardian: New wave of drug-resistant malaria threatens millions “…A leading researcher at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), a research center based on the border [of Thailand and Burma] and funded primarily by the Wellcome Trust, is taking radical measures to stop the spread of the new [drug-resistant malaria]…

NIH Funding To Support Malaria, Influenza Research

Reuters: U.S. backs new genetic research on infectious diseases “The U.S. National Institutes of Health [NIH] has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute to back an initiative to study infectious diseases like malaria and influenza at the genetic level to help find better treatments and preventive measures…”…

El Nino Weather Pattern May Increase Vector-Borne Diseases, Threaten Food Security

News outlets report on the threat of the El Nino weather pattern, which may increase vector-borne diseases and impact food security in Asia. Bernama: El Nino May Increase Risk Of Dengue, Malaria — Health Minister “The El Nino phenomenon, expected to hit the country from June to December this year,…

Malaria Has Potential To Be Eliminated

Deseret News: Who cares about malaria? John Hoffmire, director of the Impact Bond Fund at Saïd Business School at Oxford University “…Innovative efforts to fight malaria focus on a variety of fronts. But one of the most interesting areas of research addresses hemoglobin C. It is a source of natural…

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Candidate Uses New Target To Stop Parasite’s Growth

News outlets report on a new experimental malaria vaccine candidate. Deustche Welle: U.S. researchers say a new malaria vaccine candidate stops the parasite mid life cycle “Most malaria vaccine candidates work by preventing parasites from entering human red blood cells. A newly discovered antibody takes a different approach: it traps…