QUESTION How to prevent malaria? ANSWER Despite its wide geographic range and potentially severe consequences, there are actually several effective strategies for controlling malaria, many of which have been successful of reducing the burden of the disease, and especially the number of deaths, in various regions. The first step towards control is prevention. This has largely been … [Read more...]
Does malaria kill?
QUESTION Is malaria a killer disease? ANSWER Yes. Malaria causes somewhere between 700,000 to 1 million deaths worldwide, mostly in children under five, and mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. As such, it is actually one of the leading causes of death in young children in developing countries. Given this high mortality, many initiatives working to control malaria are dedicated to reducing … [Read more...]
What can I do to help?
QUESTION: What is there I can do to help them? ANSWER: Thank you for your concern! Probably the easiest and most direct way you can support the people suffering from malaria infections, especially in the developing world, is by helping to spread awareness about the impact of the disease and how it affects millions of people worldwide. To help with these campaigns, you can also donate … [Read more...]
Cases of Malaria
QUESTION: What are reasons for the increasing number of cases of malaria? ANSWER: As I recently wrote in answer to another Q&A post, it is difficult to determine whether cases of malaria are indeed increasing or not. For one, a large number of cases are not reported every year, making accurate estimates difficult. Secondly, the world's population is growing, and it is growing at the … [Read more...]
Current Status of Malaria
QUESTION: What is the current status on malaria? And does P.knowlesi spp. pose a greater threat compared to the others? Does the number malaria cases increase every year globally? Is P. knowlesi spp. more dangerous than the others and why? ANSWER: I'll answer your question about Plasmodium knowlesi first. So far, it is considered a relatively minor source of malaria in humans, as its … [Read more...]
Malaria Trend and Forecast
QUESTION: What is the trend of malaria infection and its forecasted figure? … [Read more...]
Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa
QUESTION: I live in the USA and I would like to start a business to fight mosquitoes and malaria: Can you advise me how and where to start? ANSWER: I take it from the subject heading of the question that you would like to focus on sub-Saharan Africa—a crucial thing to note at this stage is that malaria is serious disease that affects millions of people throughout Africa (as well as … [Read more...]
What is malaria?
QUESTION: What is malaria? ANSWER: To answer your question, I have copied below the answer to an earlier post, published on the 1st of May, 2011, which also asked "What is malaria?": Malaria is a disease caused by parasites of the genus Plasmodium. Transmitted by mosquitoes, there are several different kinds of malaria distributed throughout the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the … [Read more...]
QUESTION: What are the statistics of malaria? ANSWER: If you mean the number of cases worldwide and the number of deaths, then the statistics are as follows: the World Health Organization estimates that approximately half the world's population are at risk from malaria infection, and as a result, there are somewhere between 300 and 500 million cases of malaria every year, … [Read more...]
NetGuarantee: Financing Speeds Delivery of Mosquito Nets
NetGuarantee, a new innovative finance facility, announces its first transaction with Zurich in North America, part of the Zurich Financial Services Group, to celebrate World Malaria Day today, April 25. This collaboration will help accelerate access to and advance the delivery of vital malaria prevention tools in Africa by six to 10 months, and shows how core business competencies and best … [Read more...]