A sickle-cell drug common to wealthy countries has been deemed safe to use in Africa, home to 75% of babies born with the condition each year. Hydroxyurea is cheap, effective and easily administered against the painful and potentially deadly condition.

Today, the WHO launches a new, country-led initiative designed to tackle stagnant progress against malaria and re-focus efforts “where it counts most – at local level,” says WHO chief Tedros.   For the second year running the WHO saw a plateau in progress against malaria,…

Steven Lindsay has found a new target for dogs’ legendary sense of smell: the malaria parasite.

Dirty socks donated by Gambian children tested for malaria and springer spaniels in England added up to an advance in the quest for noninvasive malaria tests.   Steven Lindsay, a Durham University public health entomologist, put the socks to the sniff test by trained dogs,…

In 2017, a child under age 15 died every 5 seconds, according to new UN estimates. The vast majority of these 6.3 million deaths were children under 5, most of them from preventable and treatable causes like pneumonia and malaria.

Malaria is endemic among under-5s in Zambia’s Serenje district, and treatment delays cost lives—but a pilot study providing lifesaving drugs and emergency transport has proven a remarkable success in reducing malaria's death toll. The MAMaZ Against Malaria pilot study…

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…

Calling progress “100 years behind schedule,” a 2016 report found that anemia reduction in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia has fallen barely 10-12% among women and preschool children since 1993 despite public health interventions to distribute supplements and…

Scientists led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health sequenced the first complete genome from Anopheles funestus, a species of mosquito known to be an understudied yet common vector of the malaria parasite in sub-Saharan Africa.

Southeast Asia is a breeding ground for drug-resistant malaria strains that spread elsewhere, and the disease’s alarming rise in Cambodia has scientists working overtime to stop the spread. “What happens next here matters for the entire world,” writes Amy Maxmen. Backed by…