Researchers Test New Ways To Contain Malaria

On World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, media outlets discuss efforts to control the disease.

VOA News: Trial: Malaria Chemoprevention Protects Children
“The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, has launched a new malaria prevention campaign in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa aimed at protecting the illnesses’ most vulnerable population — children under the age of five…” (Berman, 4/24).

VOA News: Despite Gains in Controlling Malaria, Drug Resistance Remains a Concern
“Malaria is a disease that kills more than 600,000 people every year. It debilitates even more. Each year on World Malaria Day, we take stock of the disease, what’s been done to contain it, and what still needs to be done…” (Pearson, 4/23).

Financial Times: Researchers test new ways of controlling malaria
“From the biological point of view, malaria is a particularly complex disease. It is caused by an unusual pathogen, the protozoan Plasmodium parasite, which has an extremely involved lifestyle shuttling between two hosts: mosquitoes and humans. This triangular complexity involving protozoa, people, and insects presents a formidable problem to scientists looking for new treatments. But it can also be seen as an opportunity, because there are potentially more points of attack than for simpler diseases…” (Cookson, 4/25).

WHO: World Malaria Day 2014: WHO helps countries assess feasibility of eliminating malaria
“On World Malaria Day (25 April), WHO is launching a manual to help countries to assess the technical, operational, and financial feasibility of moving towards malaria elimination…” (4/24).

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