Also In Global Health News: Malaria Parasite; Obama’s Africa Policy; Dengue Fever

Scientists Determine How Malaria Parasite Enters Body

Scientists have discovered how the malaria parasite enters the body, ABC Science reports. The researchers, who describe their findings in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, say that by better understanding the basic biology of how parasites move can help in the development of anti-malarial drugs (Salleh, 1/20).

Global Post Reflects On Obama’s Africa Policy One Year Into Presidency

One year into President Barack Obama’s presidency, his “Africa policy is just coming into focus,” the Global Post writes. The article highlights key moments that shaped the U.S. relationship with Africa over the past year, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 11-day, seven-nation tour of Africa that focused on health and human rights and her recent speech on U.S. foreign policy (McConnell, 1/19).

Sphere Examines Spread of Dengue Fever

Sphere examines growing concerns over the spread of dengue fever, “a mosquito-borne illness once contained to Central America and Southeast Asia, [that] now threatens 2.5 billion people in more than 100 countries,” including the U.S. and Haiti. The article includes information on the contributing factors to the spread of the disease and efforts to contain it through preventive strategies and vaccine development (Drummond, 1/19).