Gap in malaria treatment for pregnant women

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The proportion of pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa receiving preventive measures such as intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) is low, a study says. According to researchers, pregnant women are at high risk of death from malaria and that about 125 million pregnancies occur annually in malaria-endemic areas, noting …

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Bed net plan for underfed kids curbs malaria deaths

By Andrea Rinaldi Giving extra bed nets to children weakened by lack of food could significantly curb child deaths from malaria, according to a mathematical model revealed last month. A study published in the Malaria Journal found that distributing insecticide-treated bed nets and supplementary food to undernourished children aged from six months to five years …

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Diagnostic tool aids malaria control in remote settings

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] An innovative electronic mobile system can be useful in malaria control programmes in remote settings, a study finds. According to researchers, many health information technologies fail when they are implemented in low-resource settings despite being promising. “The Deki Reader enabled real-time data collection and sharing even in places with …

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Lurking parasites key to malaria elimination

By Michelle Kovacevic Eliminating the most widespread form of malaria will only be possible if public health programmes treat people with parasites lying dormant in their liver, a study suggests. More than 2.5 billion people, mostly in Asia, the Horn of Africa and Latin America, live at risk of malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax …

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African dams linked to one million malaria cases a year

By Dorcas Odhiambo [NAIROBI] Large dams contribute to more than one million malaria cases in Sub-Saharan Africa a year, a study says. According to scientists from Australia, Laos and South Africa who conducted the study, the cumulative effect of large dams on malaria has not been known despite the construction of many dams on the …

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