Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

What is the news?  The new vaccine “RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S)” with its trade name “Mosquirix” was endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. This is the first and only vaccine shown to have the capability of significantly reducing malaria, and life-threatening severe malaria, in tests on young African children.  About the vaccine – Mosquirix  Mosquirix has been developed by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline… Continue reading Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

Genetically changed mosquitoes could transform Africa’s long fight against malaria

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Tackling Malaria via genetic programming of Mosquitoes. Synopsis: Genetic programming of mosquitoes along with traditional methods of Malaria prevention could help us reduce the increasing cases of Malaria globally and help reduce associated mortality. Context For Malaria prevention, some countries heavily depend on using insecticide treated bed nets and house… Continue reading Genetically changed mosquitoes could transform Africa’s long fight against malaria

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

News:French President has said that the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria(GFATM) has raised at least USD 13.92 billion for the next three years. Facts: About GFATM: The Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria(GFATM) is an international financial organization. It aims to attract, leverage and invest additional resources to… Continue reading Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

Explained: Eradicating malaria by 2050 — why study says it can be done

News:Lancet has released a report on Malaria eradication. Facts: About the report: The report has held that with the right strategies and sufficient funding,it is possible to eradicate malaria as early as 2050. The report has noted that since 2000,global malaria incidence and death rates have declined by 36% and 60 % respectively.More than half… Continue reading Explained: Eradicating malaria by 2050 — why study says it can be done

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

India has announced a contribution of $22 million to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria for the 6th replenishment cycle(2020-22). The Global Fund is an international financial organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The organisation is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and… Continue reading Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

World not on track to meet 2020 milestone for malaria control: WHO

According to the report by WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme), the world is not on track to meet the target of eliminating malaria. The report also noted that currently, less than one per cent of the global funds for health R&D investment are allocated to develop tools to fight malaria The world… Continue reading World not on track to meet 2020 milestone for malaria control: WHO

University of Hyderabad’s inhibitor increases effectiveness of malaria drugs

Researchers at the University of Hyderabad have made a major breakthrough in malaria treatment. They have identified a chemical inhibitor which they say is equally effective against both drug-sensitive and multi-drug resistant malaria strains. This small chemical inhibitor is capable of blocking the DNA repair pathway which in turn kills the parasite known as Plasmodium… Continue reading University of Hyderabad’s inhibitor increases effectiveness of malaria drugs

ICMR scientists identify new biomarker for malaria

A team of researchers from Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has identified a new biomarker in the body called as glutamate dehydrogenase of malaria parasite. This promises to help develop a more sensitive diagnostic test for the malaria disease. Currently,tests used for diagnosing malaria are based on a gene,Histidine-rich Protein 2(HRP2) replete with amino acid… Continue reading ICMR scientists identify new biomarker for malaria

Five countries had zero malaria cases in 2018: WHO

According to WHO’s E-2020 initiative: 2019 progress report, 5 countries viz. China, Iran, Malaysia Timor-Leste and El Salvador reported no indigenous cases of malaria in 2018. China and El Salvador reported zero cases for the second consecutive year; Iran, Malaysia and Timor-Leste had zero cases of malaria for the first time in 2018. In 2015,… Continue reading Five countries had zero malaria cases in 2018: WHO

ICMR launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria from India by 2030

Indian Council of Medical Research has established ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance-India (MERA-India).It is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control. The principal activity of the alliance is to harness and reinforce research in coordinated and combinatorial ways in order to achieve tangible impact on malaria elimination. Malaria is a disease caused by Plasmodium parasites… Continue reading ICMR launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria from India by 2030