With an “almost obsessive focus on data,” a group mapping out an overhaul of Madagascar’s broken health system is hoping to avoid a common weakness of global health pilot projects: measuring impact. Tracking 860 indicators to reveal what works and what doesn’t, PIVOT wants…

A vaccine against fatal pregnancy malaria passed a phase 1 human-testing trial, according to promising results from Danish researchers.  

After decades of advancement in the fight against malaria, infection rates are sneaking back up again, according to the WHO’s most recent estimates.  

Illegal mining and malaria have made themselves at home in El Callao, Venezuela’s booming gold capital.   Now, the country once hailed for a vigorous malaria elimination program is seeing an alarming increase in malaria cases among miners, who often sleep in the mines.…

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…