80% of malaria deaths are in children younger than five.
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There are many reasons that malaria is so persistent in Africa. Four of them are poverty, human movement, resistance and climate change.
Artificial light may trick malaria-transmitting mosquitoes into changing their feeding habits, protecting people against bites.
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Artificial lights could trick malaria-transmitting mosquito species that feed nocturnally into behaving as if it’s daytime.
Indoor residual spraying is one of the main components of malaria control.
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Like the coronavirus causing the current pandemic, both the malaria parasite and mosquito vector are developing ways to avoid control.
The spread of malaria can be controlled by community-based management.
We’ve made advances towards delivering new devices to empower even people with basic medical knowledge to administer malaria tests in the field.
Malaria infections can still occur outdoors.
This project may help to eradicate malaria by developing new technologies to prevent mosquitoes from biting people when they are outdoors.
A woman holds a baby in her arms as she sits on a bed under a mosquito net in the Koumassi district of Abidjan.
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If not addressed, there will be many more deaths from malaria and other diseases, indirectly linked to COVID-19 disruptions.
When there are two malaria prevention interventions available people don’t take an either or approach – they consider that the two interventions are complementary.
Makame Makame from the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme holds one of the drones used to map malaria vectors.
Epidemiologists and public health managers are looking to complement indoor-based malaria solutions with those that focus on the outdoors. Drones are a crucial part of their armoury.
A spike in the number of malaria cases in southern Africa means that the region will not meet its initial target of eliminating malaria by 2018.
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.
Bednet insecticides should kill mosquitoes on contact, but some have become highly resistant to the chemicals.
A Nigerian woman purchases a mosquito net from a medical supply vendor.
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They not only bear the heaviest burden of malaria on the continent: Nigerians are also paying the most for services related to the disease.