Malaria

  1. How will the new malaria vaccine be rolled out in Africa?

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    Video caption: Although three shots will need to be given, the vaccine will reduce hospitalisations

    Although three shots will need to be given, the fact that the vaccine will reduce the number of hospitalisations will bring much-needed relief to health facilities in the region.

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    The World Health Organisation have described the "long-awaited" malaria vaccine for children in Africa as "a breakthrough for science and child health".

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    Video caption: WHO recommends use of first proven malaria vaccine

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives each year.

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    Video caption: Mosquitoes 'vacuumed up' by traps that mimic breathing

    More than 300 traps have been deployed in the French town of Hyères to catch mosquitos.

  5. Trial suggests malaria sickness could be cut by 70%

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    Research in West Africa has shown that combining a malaria vaccine with a preventative drug can lower hospital admissions and deaths by more than 70%.

    But the medical cocktail must be taken in the run-up to the rainy season.

    Malaria mainly affects children and young people, killing more than 400,000 people each year, mostly in Africa.

    The new research was carried out among 6,000 children aged between five months and 17 months in Burkina Faso and Mali, both badly affected by the mosquito-borne disease

    Scientists at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who helped conduct the research, have described the findings as "striking".

    They hoped the new combination approach could have the potential to prevent malaria in large parts of Africa.

  6. BioNTech wants to pilot new malaria jab 'by 2022'

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC health reporter, Nairobi

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    Image caption: The mosquito-borne illness kills almost half a million people every year

    German drug maker BioNTech plans to develop its first malaria vaccine and begin clinical trials by next year.

    The ambitious turnaround time is thanks to the MRNA technology used to develop the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines in under a year.

    The only approved malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, took scientists at GlaxoSmithKline more than 30 years to develop.

    Malaria kills more than 400,000 people annually, most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Apart from vaccines and pills, countries - including Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya - use drones to find mosquito breeding grounds and kill the larvae before they hatch.

  7. Kenya uses drones to kill mosquito larvae

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC health reporter, Nairobi

    A worker sprays mosquitoes in Ivory Coast
    Image caption: Most countries use workers to spray mosquitoes

    Kenya has begun using drones to identify mosquito breeding sites in the country and kill them at the larval stage.

    Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said the drones will help in accessing hard-to-reach areas especially in counties where malaria is prevalent.

    The drones will be spraying a non-toxic, bio-degradable control substance to kill mosquito larvae.

    This will ensure the mosquitoes do not breed as the fight against malaria continues.

    The technology was introduced to the Kenyan government by the Malaria Council - a public-private-community partnership fighting malaria in Kenya - the health minister said.

    Malaria is one of the top three causes of death in Kenya among children below five years old.

    Tanzania and Malawi are some of the African countries also using this technology to fight malaria.

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    Video caption: Sierra Leone: 'Covid-19 will go, we need to focus on malaria'

    Dr Faso faces a daily battle to save malaria infected children from dying in this rural hospital in Sierra Leone.

  9. Climate change: Warning on malaria increase

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    Video caption: Climate change could increase the spread of malaria, says new study conducted in Ethiopia.

    Climate change could increase the spread of malaria, says new study conducted in Ethiopia.