Stories: Malaria

  • 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...

  • The Knowledge Gap of Research Ethics

    It seems an obvious thing to do, right? I mean why shouldn't research be used to help alleviate the struggles of some of the world's most vulnerable people? Well, as it turns out, researchers do not exactly have the greatest ethics track record when it relates to working with those most vulnerable. Much of our collective spirit in...

  • 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...

  • Ebola Is A Symptom Of Our Compounding Failures

    As the WHO Director-General addressed the Regional Committee for Africa two days ago, I was visiting BoaneHealth Center in southern Mozambique, a country in the southeastern corner of Africa. It’s very, very far from the Ebola outbreak – more than 6,000 miles from the three countries devastated by the disease. However, much of what I read in ...

  • “Even If One of My Children Got Malaria, I Wouldn’t Change My Mind”

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ABOVE SHOWING A FIRST-PERSON-SPRAYER’S POINT OF VIEW OF A SPRAY USING A GOPRO. Winston is a man whose strong convictions could prove fatal for him and his family. Unlike the majority of his neighbours, he’s barring access to a team from Boane hospital who are spraying the walls of local...

  • Pick Your Poison

    Combating malaria is a tricky tradeoff in Mozambique. The mosquito-born illness is the leading killer of children, and the CDC-supported ministry of health is aiming to change that with a door-to-door campaign to spray the insides of homes with repellant. But DDT is toxic, and some scientists say the insecticide should be used only as a last-ditch effort. It...

  • Spraying for Malarial Mosquitoes in Mozambique

    Health workers use a controversial insecticide to combat malaria in a door-to-door campaign in Mozambique.

  • Church-State Partnerships Aid Malaria Fight in Rural Africa

    When Silumesii Mubiana’s 86-year-old uncle fell ill with hypertension, Mubiana bypassed closer government-run hospitals, traveling instead to the church-run Macha Mission Hospital 25 miles away. Mubiana said the reason was simple: At the Macha hospital, patients receive better care. “There’s negligence in government hospitals,” Mubiana said as two kittens scurried about and doctors made...