Stories: Drug Resistance

  • South Africa Aims to Detect Every TB Patient, While a Million Cases in India Slip Through the Cracks

    This year on March 24, on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, global attention was sharply drawn towards the disease when British Prime Minister David Cameron launched a report by an expert panel on anti-microbial resistance. The outlook was dire – over the next 35 years, 75 million people are likely to lose their lives to drug resistant TB, and by 2050, the infection...

  • Burma’s Other Silent Struggle: Malaria

    A Google search for "Burma" brings up the following result: There you have it. A BBC one-sentence description of the entire country features the phrase, "appalling human rights record." This is often the prism through which the country is viewed, especially in the context of its ongoing silent struggle to wrest power from the...

  • Meet the 17-Year-Old Founder of Malaria Free World

    Kritika Singh is a force. Of all the people I've met in the anti-malaria sector she is the one that most inspires me. At just 17-years-old she's the founder of Malaria Free World, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting malaria eradication efforts and raising awareness about malaria, particularly within the often neglected arena of today's youth. Kritika...

  • The Woman Determined to End Drug-Resistant Malaria

    Malaria is bad enough. It kills nearly 600,000 people each year and brings potentially booming economies to a grinding halt. But drug-resistant malaria, with its likelihood of spreading and thereby perhaps multiplying its current death toll, has the tropical medicine world in crisis mode. Then there's Dr. Sara Canavati, in Cambodia, where the resistance...

  • Resisting Resistance: What’s Next in the Fight Against Malaria?

    It's been described as a crisis in the anti-malaria community. Resistance to ACTs (artemisinin-based combination therapies), the oft-described super drug in efforts to combat malaria, have reached a tipping point. The most deadly malaria parasite, Plasmodium Falciparum, has for years been altering its genetics in response to the drug. The resistance, first reported at the border of Thailand and...