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First malaria vaccine rolled out in Africa - despite limited efficacy and nagging safety concerns

November 28, 2019 - 13:29 -- Malaria World

Science, Nov. 26, 2019: by Jop de Vrieze

MALAWI—In a small room at the Phalula Health Centre in southern Malawi's Balaka district, two young mothers are sitting on a wooden bench, each with a 5-month-old baby on their lap. Across from them, behind a desk, sits Alfred Kaponya, a community health worker. A colleague is busy preparing a vaccine, tapping the syringe to dislodge bubbles. Kaponya explains the procedure to the women, writes down the vaccines' serial numbers in the children's vaccination booklets, and copies them onto a spreadsheet in his binder.

Why Artemisia stems are more important than leaves for antimalarial infusions

November 28, 2019 - 08:35 -- Pierre Lutgen

For figures see attached pdf

There are many anecdotic reports indicating that including stems and twigs with dried Artemisia leaves augments the power of the infusion. Operators of a palm oil plant in Burundi only drink infusions made with stems and stay malaria free.

Dried Artemisia annua herb of Chinese origin and sold in European pharmacies contains at least 70 % of stems.

Revolting: Artemisia plantations destroyed by police in Cameroon

November 24, 2019 - 19:46 -- Irene Teis

 

Since 15 years, the Université des Montagnes is at the forefront of research and clinical trials demonstrating the astonishing efficacy of Artemisia plants against malaria. The local population of Cameroon has become enthusiastic about this cheap and efficient weapon against the malaria scourge. Despite the billions invested in bednets and drugs by Bill Gates, Bigpharma, WHO and France the disease has seen a dramatic increase in Cameroon over the recent years. This was recognized by the French ambassador at a meeting at the Hilton-Yaoundé on April 17th 2019.

Podcast: Traditional Soup Recipes Have Antimalarial Properties

November 22, 2019 - 11:22 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 22 November 2019

Schoolchildren find that some of their families’ soup recipes have antimalarial properties and a Swiss-led team of cell biologists identify hundreds of targets needed in drug and vaccine development.

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Job: BOHEMIA Clinical Trial Clinical Trial investigator, Mopeia Site (Mozambique)

November 21, 2019 - 16:19 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Job title: Clinical Trial Investigator for Mopeia site (Mozambique)
Reports to: Mozambique BOHEMIA National Principal Investigator and the ISGlobal BOHEMIA Chief Scientific Officer

Malaria and Hydrogen Peroxide

November 17, 2019 - 20:33 -- Miles Markus

In relation to some biological and epidemiological implications of the killing of Plasmodium vivax by hydrogen peroxide, discussed in a November 2019 publication (click on the first link below and, in turn, click on the "Free Download" link that comes up in a Tweet), see the comments in the MalariaWorld Newsletter by Pierre Lutgen concerning hydrogen peroxide. Find his blog via the second link provided below.

https://twitter.com/TrendsParasitol/status/1187787596317036544

Podcast: Female Mosquitoes That Have Mated More Likely to Transmit Malaria

November 15, 2019 - 18:08 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 15 November 2019

Hormones received during mating boost the likelihood of malaria transmission and an ongoing autoimmune attack on uninfected red blood cells can ultimately anaemia.

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