Genetic analysis is getting cheaper and can provide real-time surveillance of drug resistance.
A young girl with malaria rests in the inpatient ward of a health centre in the South Sudan.
Eliminating malaria in Africa has been held back by a range of factors, including a lack of funds and drug and insecticide resistance challenges.
Artemisinin-based combination therapy is the first line recommended malaria treatment.
The gains made towards eliminating malaria in endemic countries is being threatened by insecticide and antimalarial drug resistance.
People with a certain gene have an adverse reaction to the antiretroviral efavirenz.
Up to 50% of the people who take the efavirenz antiretroviral react particularly badly to it and need to change drug regimens.
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A global trend to regulate frequent antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production is emerging but Africa is still lagging behind.
Doctors and patients
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A new study shows that by using genomics, you can cut down the lengthy process of testing for drug-resistance TB to a matter of days.
South African scientists have found a way to single out the problematic parts of the bacteria causing TB that results in drug resistance.
Scientists found that malaria parasites resistant to antimalarial Atovaquone cannot survive inside their mosquito host.
Resistance to a commonly used antimalarial medication, Atovaquone, can’t spread to the general human population, a new research found.
An x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis).
Many people in the U.S. have no idea that TB is still found here, or what a major health risk it poses in other parts of the world.
A pair of lungs infected with TB.
There is an increasing focus on alternative treatment strategies, developed to treat other diseases and conditions but re-purposed to tackle TB.
A father reads to his son while sitting under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes have undergone evolutionary changes due to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.
Georgina Goodwin and Vestergaard Frandsen
Although there have been global efforts to eliminate parasites, some parasites and vectors will have survived attack because they have evolved resistance.
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan at the launch of a new global campaign against antibiotic resistance.
More than 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The World Health Organisation is trying to end the age of ignorance to protect this global common good.
A pharmacist dispensing drugs at Nairobi’s Mater Hospital. Resistance to antibiotics is high in Africa.
Antibiotics are used extensively in Africa because of the continent's high disease burden. This also means that resistance is high. Steps are being taken to raise awareness and encourage prudent use.
A doctor observes mosquitoes to better understand the malaria parasite which has been developing a resistance to the anti-malarial drugs.
Across the world scientists are trying to find a new drug that the malaria carrying parasite will struggle to develop a resistance to.
If patients contract drug resistant HIV, they may have to be prescribed more expensive drugs.
Novel research in South Africa has found way to test for HIV drug resistance in a cheap and accessible way.
Though no magic bullet, bedaquiline has provided rich lessons about the challenges posed in global efforts to curb the TB epidemic.
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