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…

Hundreds of thousands die each year from counterfeit or poor quality drugs, warn doctors and scientists calling for an international movement to flush the fakes out of the system.   250,000 children die from drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, they write in…

Mass drug administration is helping to quell infection rates of Plasmodium falciparum in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The parasite is to blame for nearly 63% of malaria deaths in South-East Asia. Andin the GMS, which includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, it’s…

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.