On the front line against drug-resistant malaria

This audio slideshow explains how a Thai research centre is fighting a more-dangerous strain of the parasite.

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Three global health issues to watch in 2014

Devex President & CEO Raj Kumar on the connection between climate change and global health; a final push on the health MDGs, with particular focus on toilets and saving lives at birth; and health systems in fragile states taking center stage. The post Three global health issues to watch in 2014 appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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The impact of clinical research activities on communities in rural Africa

Background: The opportunities for developing new drugs and vaccines for malaria control look brighter now than ten years ago.


10 reasons vaccines are the best protector of human life

Immunization is one of the most powerful health interventions ever introduced. Every year, the World Health Organization estimates, vaccines save between two and three million children from killers such as polio, measles, pneumonia, and rotavirus diarrhea. To mark World Immunization … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovative partnership connects kids, vaccine in LaosCervical cancer vaccines: will our best hopes be realized?Social entrepreneurs: here are two rules to ensure impact ;

Vancouver Sun Features Multi-Part Series On Malaria

The Vancouver Sun features a multi-part series on malaria. Vancouver Sun: Part 1: Malaria’s huge human cost “…[T]here has been huge progress in a focused assault on the disease that has been underway for just over a decade…” (Cayo, 4/22). Vancouver Sun: Part 2: Malaria a moving target “…[I]nsecticides and drugs face moving targets. Mosquitoes…More

Part 1: Combating Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya

Prevention and Control of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya: Issues and Barriers Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most common acquired heart disease in children (common age group is 5 to 15 year olds) in developing countries. Over 15 million people suffer from the condition, resulting in about 233 000 deaths annually. RHD is a chronic heart condition caused by rheumatic fever – whose main symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen and painful joints, and in some cases, a red rash. Rheumatic fever is as a result of an untreated strep throat that is caused by bacteria called group A streptococcal (strep) infection. Overcrowding, poor housing conditions, undernutrition and lack of access to healthcare play a role in the persistence of this disease in developing countries

The Daily Impact: Acute Malnutrition Risk for 250k Children in South Sudan

April 23, 2014 UNICEF warns that the current crisis in South Sudan is placing 250,000 children at risk of dying from malnutrition, warns UNICEF. From VOA: UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulieroc told VOA more than 3.7 million people in South Sudan are at high risk of not getting enough to eat.  Among them, he said are 740,000 children under age five.  “This means that if nothing is done to increase, to scale up the action against malnutrition – that means that 50,000 children under five could die unless they benefit from treatment …  But, the violence is really worsening the situation in this regard,” he said. UNICEF staff report many people are resorting to eating wild foods, such as bulbs and grasses. They warn the continuing conflict between the government and rebels is forcing more people to flee their homes. If the violence persists, it notes farmers might miss the planting season, which would increase child malnutrition to heights never seen before.

Oligohydramnios in a pregnant Pakistani woman with Plasmodium vivax malaria

In the Western world, the diagnosis and management of Plasmodium vivax malaria in pregnant women can be challenging, and the pathogenesis of adverse outcomes for both the mother and the foetus is still poorly known.

Evidence for significant influence of host immunity on changes in differential blood count…

Background: Malaria has been shown to change blood counts.

Socioeconomic factors, attitudes and practices associated with malaria prevention in the…

Background: Mexico is in the malaria pre-elimination phase; therefore, continuous assessment and understanding of the social and behavioural risk factors related to exposure to malaria are necessary to achieve the overall goal.

Perceptions and recommendations by scientists for a potential release of genetically modified…

Background: The use of genetically modified mosquitoes (GMMs) for the control of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases has been proposed in malaria-endemic countries, such as Nigeria, which has the largest burden in Africa.

High burden of malaria following scale-up of control interventions in Nchelenge District,…

Background: Malaria control interventions have been scaled-up in Zambia in conjunction with a malaria surveillance system.

Global leaders show unprecedented support for maternal and child health

In September 2013, World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, Norway committed an unprecedented $1.15 billion over the next three years to advance progress toward Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, and to get essential services and medicines to women and children who need them most. This commitment could position countries to be able to help save 3 million lives.  Ray Chambers, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and For Malaria, shares his thoughts on this extraordinary event. ; The post Global leaders show unprecedented support for maternal and child health appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.