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malaria: Latest News
Ann Brown, 1:04 pm AFKI Original
When a coup in Madagascar sent her father into bankruptcy, 24-year-old Hanta Tiana Ranaivo Rajaonarisoa was forced to abandon her business administration studies in the U.S. She took over the family’s unused essential oil-making machine, and now supplies insect repellants to 40 pharmacies in Madagascar. Malaria is one of the country’s top 5 causes of death. Rajaonarisoa says she’s helping protect Madagascar’s amazing biodiversity — up to 90 percent of the country’s plant species are endemic — by using green waste recovery in her products.
Not Just Theory Anymore: Gates Foundation Funds Malarial Mosquitoes, Being Bred In Labs To Destroy Their Entire SpeciesBy Staff, 5:18 pm
In Africa, scientists are preparing to use genetics to end malaria. The Gates Foundation is exploring technology that involves altering mosquitoes so that new generations are almost all male. Male mosquitoes don’t bite people, and a population without females can’t reproduce. It’s never been done before. No one knows if a gene drive, once released into the wild, could jump to other species. Malaria is one of the greatest public health threats on the planet. If we have the power to end it, should we?
Dana Sanchez, 1:47 pm
Ethiopia’s foreign minister and previous health minister, Tedros Adhanom, wants to be the first African head of the WHO. Asians have headed the WHO for 14 years. It’s Africa’s turn, he said. The African Union supports his candidacy but a vocal foe of Ethiopia’s single-party state disagrees. “The man who made Africa safe for crimes against humanity is now trying to save the world from the bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic plagues as a WHO czar,” said Al Mariam, a political science professor at Cal State.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm
Half the world’s countries have wiped out malaria, and aid to fight the disease is decreasing as other threats take center stage. Malaria is still one of the biggest killers in sub-Sahara, especially in under-5-year-olds. Nine out of 10 people who died from it in 2015 came from sub-Sahara. Goodbye Malaria is a public-private partnership started by African entrepreneurs who believe that African creativity can solve one of Africa’s biggest problems. The group raises funds to support on-the-ground malaria elimination in Mozambique.
Staff, 5:31 pm
By 2040, Portuguese has grown rather than disappeared in the five lusophone countries — Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Sao Tome & Principe. The language has also become more popular in Senegal, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. By 2050, diabetes — a disease of affluence — has become Africa’s biggest public health challenge. Check out more predictions by a U.N. economist.
Julia Austin, 9:22 am AFKI Original
Economic analysts say that if African countries spend $1 billion a year on malaria prevention and treatment, they could see a GDP rise of anywhere from $3 billion to $12 billion per year. Malaria has devastating social and economic effects, and whoever finds a way to rid the world of the disease will be a hero. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the fight against malaria in Africa.
Staff, 6:48 am
For decades, the hundreds of dams constructed across central and southern Africa have brought untold benefits to the world’s poorest continent, from electricity for hospitals and schools to water supplies for drinking and agriculture. But all that development has come at a cost: A huge surge in malaria cases.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:01 am
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization had pledged to help the Africa’s largest economy in various ways. Buhari said the World Bank had pledged to spend up to $2.1 billion in helping rebuild the northeast part of the country that has been devastated by Boko Haram Militants.
Staff, 9:07 pm
U.S. researchers have developed a laser scan that gives an accurate malaria diagnosis in seconds without breaking the skin. They’re preparing for trials in Africa. Malaria threatens half the world’s population, killing 584,000 people in 2013. Existing tests for malaria are already quick, taking only 15 to 20 minutes to give a diagnosis, but blood has to be taken, the test must be conducted by trained personnel and extra chemical reagents must be used.
Dana Sanchez, 10:28 am
Malaria causes up to 32 percent of deaths in Burkina Faso, and a traditional herbal medicine used locally to fight the mosquito-borne killer is headed for clinical trials as early as July. A mixture of three plants, the medicine was developed as a herbal tea by a pharmacist in Burkina Faso who listened to his patients. Patients didn’t like the conventional medicine for malaria and preferred instead to treat themselves with herbal medicines.
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