An “alarming” decline in the effectiveness of go-to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia could signal their eventual failure across the globe, according to 2 new Lancet studies led by authors from Wellcome Sanger Institute and the

A Chinese philanthropist and Chinese researchers have embraced a bold goal: Eliminating malaria from Kenya using mass drug administration. By giving antimalarials to every Kenyan, New South CEO Zhu Layi and team hope to eliminate Kenya’s human malaria reservoir—leading to…

The death toll from viral hepatitis now outpaces that of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Approaching World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, a recent WHO progress report illuminates the disease’s impact in Africa.     Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest hepatitis B numbers with…

Let’s talk logistics.   That’s the pitch behind a recent meeting convened by Seattle-based Xinova, which pairs experts with clients needing solutions. The challenge: Reimagine Nigeria’s paper-based system that delivers bednets and other supplies essential to fighting…

Scientists genetically engineered a fungus from a spider gene to kill off mosquitoes, marking a promising new advance described in a Science paper published yesterday.

Could researchers tap mobile phone record troves to help save lives? A debate is afoot, and Amy Maxmen exhaustively investigated the pros and cons.   How it works: Anonymized, aggregated records of the origin and timing of texts and calls provide population movement clues…

Scientists are preparing to kick off a clinical trial in Equatorial Guinea for a malaria vaccine that can provide 100% protection against the disease. The goal: To show regulators that the product is safe and effective. If all goes well, an even bigger trial will follow.…

Why is the malaria vaccine so elusive? Because the immune response required to shield someone against the parasite must be sky high.   A novel effort to achieve a mass-produced vaccine involves a rather antique method: beheading. The mozzie massacre has a purpose: enabling…

The UN has declared Cyclone Idai a level 3 emergency, putting it on par with Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, the World Food Programme announced Friday.

Malarial therapy was first touted by Henry Heimlich—of the choking maneuver fame—who injected AIDS and Lyme disease patients with parasites to stimulate the immune system. After the CDC discredited the procedure in the 1990s, Heimlich moved clinical trials to Mexico and…