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Repurposing an existing drug may help control malaria 


Children who received multiple doses of the wormicide ivermectin, which is known to kill mosquitoes, had significantly lower rates of malaria infection compared with children who received a single dose of the medication, according to new research published…

How Marcia Castro is fighting malaria in Brazil

Marcia Castro—an expert who draws on statistical models, satellite images, and field research to understand the spread and impact of malaria and other infectious diseases—was profiled in the February 2019 issue of the Brazilian magazine Piaui. Castro is…

Acknowledging gains, challenges in global health

Great strides have been made in global health in recent years, yet there’s plenty more work to be done, according to experts. A February 4, 2019 article in the New York Times, co-authored by Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Overcoming the financial obstacles of vaccine development

The pipeline for potential vaccines against diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and pneumonia—diseases that primarily afflict people living in low- and middle-income countries—is promising, but substantial funding challenges could hamper efforts to advance these vaccine candidates to later…

New strategies needed to combat malaria increase

Malaria cases have significantly increased in 13 countries, according to the World Health Organization’s 2018 World Malaria Report—and experts say that more work is needed to prevent the disease from further rebounding. The WHO report found that global…

Malaria genetic surveillance project receives HGI grant

A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health project to conduct genetic surveillance of malaria parasites in China is one of seven projects to receive grants this year from the Harvard Global Institute (HGI). Led by Dyann Wirth,…

Scientists seek strategies to fight malaria resistance

Although malaria deaths worldwide dropped from more than 800,000 in 2000 to fewer than 500,000 in 2015, disease rates have started to rise again, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Experts are looking at a multipronged approach to fight the…

New drug approved for malaria treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug aimed at a particular type of malaria that accounts for about 8.5 million infections per year—roughly 15-20% of all malaria cases around the world. The new drug,…