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Relapsing infections are critical for sustained malaria transmission in the Asia-Pacific. Mayeta Clark/Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

To eliminate malaria in the Asia-Pacific we need to target recurrent infections

A large number of children with malaria in the Asia-Pacific have relapses of the disease, not new infections. Malaria-programs must target these latent infections to completely eliminate the disease.
Anopheles Gambiae, one of three mosquitoes found in Africa that transmit malaria. shutterstock

Seven things worth knowing about mosquitoes

The irritating buzz that rings in your ear in the dead of the night comes from an insect barely traceable with your naked eye. Here are a few facts worth knowing about the mosquito.
Indonesian schoolchildren show off the mark indicating they’ve just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world’s ‘neglected’ diseases. CDC Global

Combating ‘neglected’ diseases using nature’s apothecary

The 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine went to research on remedies derived from natural compounds. Academia is continuing the fight against 'neglected' diseases by similarly hunting for new drugs in nature.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr

More is less? Health in the Sustainable Development Goals

Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Senegalese women treat mosquito nets with insecticides at a medical clinic in Northern Senegal. Nic Bothma/EPA

How the world can cut malaria cases by 90% in the next 15 years

As the World Health Organisation disbands the Roll Back Malaria secretariat, the focus is on the new malaria programme and whether it will have the same successes.
An historian reading the government White Paper on developing northern Australia will realise we’re actually heading all the way back to the 1890s. andrew matthews/Flickr

Northern development plan shows Australia’s fraught vision of our tropics

The federal government's recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.
Vaccinations for children and other health services were suspended during the Ebola epidemic. USAID/Flickr

Ebola to blame for more malaria deaths in west Africa

Ebola has been blamed for a surge in untreated malaria cases in west Africa that could have led to an excess numbers of deaths from malaria, greater than the total caused by the Ebola virus.

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