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Fighting malaria with spermless mosquitoes

December 8, 2011 Flaminia Catteruccia, a molecular entomologist and new associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, wants to learn everything she can about the reproductive biology of mosquitoes. Her goal is to develop novel methods…

Using media—and Muppets—to promote health

February 26, 2013 -- A small girl in Tanzania is getting ready to go to sleep. She is tucked safely in her bed, surrounded by mosquito netting. “Hey mosquito, I hear you, but you can’t get at me,” she says. “My net…

Burma: A central battleground for malaria control

Despite progress in the global fight against malaria over the past decade, the emergence in Southeast Asia of malaria parasites resistant to artemisinin — the standard drug used to treat the disease — raises serious new challenges. While some impacted nations are…

HIV may increase risk of malaria infection in children

April 26, 2012 In sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of HIV/AIDS and malaria is disproportionately high and co-infection may be as high as 30 percent among HIV-positive populations in some African settings. Now, a new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers…

Global experts convene for malaria eradication conference

Leading malaria experts from public and private institutions around the world convened for a three-day conference aimed at discussing and rethinking the future of malaria prevention, control, elimination, and eradication. The culminating session, “Rethinking Malaria: The Science of Eradication Symposium,” emphasized the…

Monkey malaria parasite poses increasing risks to humans

May 9, 2013 -- A new study has shed light on why a monkey malaria parasite that typically caused only mild infection in humans is now beginning to cause severe disease and death—and how it has the potential to become a dangerous…

Malaria eradication is focus of leadership development course

More than 60 mid-career officials from a wide array of organizations attended a 12-day leadership development course on eradicating malaria that was organized by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) malaria expert [[Dyann Wirth]], Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases. Held…

Making the case to continue an innovative anti-malaria program

November 7, 2012 -- Funding at Risk for Program That Increases Availability, Lowers Costs for Most Effective Drugs A pharmacist in Chokwe, Mozambique dispenses Coartem, an artemisinin-combination therapy. A two-year-old pilot program that aims to protect the most effective drug for malaria from…

Malaria parasite transforms itself to hide from human immune system

December 13, 2012 -- In order to spread disease inside the human body, the malaria parasite must evade the human immune system—which it does remarkably well. Now, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have uncovered details about the mechanism by which…