The statistics say it all: 70% of the transmission of infectious diseases is focused in and around the house. Including malaria, where the key vectors in Africa are almost exclusively feeding indoors and at night. The forum on MalariaWorld that discussed this issue was very well read (more than 1000 views), and although comments were limited, it was enough to move forward with the idea...
A couple of months ago, the large number of human malaria infections due to P. knowlesi in various countries of South-East Asia has challenged our ideas on malaria with this fifth human malaria species having an animal reservoir...
Those who colonize mosquitoes are rightfully protective of them. Some species require a large amount of work to establish in the laboratory, and many of you have given your blood, sweat, holidays, and earnest attention to ensuring they exist. When you distribute it, you are giving a gift.
SECOND LAW FOR ATTACKING MALARIA IN AFRICA
If you are going to attack malaria in Africa, you don’t have to throw the kitchen sink at it, but you better use everything else.
The efforts put in by organizations all over the world to fight Malaria is highly appreciated, although the war is far from being won.In my view, this should go hand in hand with improvement of human habitat, poverty has a serious bearing on this in that, the poor sanitation set- up complicates the breeding control.
In most African countries bednets have become common and are contributing to saving countless lives of children. Scaling up of this intervention continues in the second decade of this millennium. Indoor residual spraying is widely practiced though a less common sight in many parts of Africa where spray teams do not reach far-off communities in rural settings.
No war is harder than when you have to face an enemy who gets a chance to regroup and rearm regulary hence coming back with more vigor each time. This is the kind of warfare Kenya has to encounter with malaria. The country is currently facing more than its fair share of problems with malaria. In recent times the war against malaria in Kenya has been hampered by multiple factors under which the disease reinvents itself.
FIRST LAW IN THE ATTACK ON MALARIA IN AFRICA
The attack on malaria will be like building a tall cathedral or a beautiful mosque, it will take generations.
I know this web site is MALARIA World. But the field of genetic control of vectors is so small that I hope you will indulge me in a blog that reaches into arbovirology and highlights the kind of technology we might anticipate against Plasmodia in Anopheles. Genetic control of vectors received another Christmas gift when a bonus remarkable phenotype due to Wolbachia infection - in addition to cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) and life shortening - was reported in Cell.