Distilling the science of malaria

We assimilate malaria research and communicate key findings in podcast form.

Along the way, we interview scientists and decision-makers from around the world.

Distilling the science of malaria

We assimilate malaria research and communicate key findings in podcast form.

Along the way, we interview scientists and decision-makers from around the world.

Malaria Minute

The Latest Malaria News, in 60 Seconds.

Malaria FAQs

Malaria questions, answered by us
Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It is most prevalent in Africa, where more than 90% of cases occur. There are several types of malaria that can infect humans; the two most common being P. falciparum and P. vivax.

Malaria is caused by the single-celled Plasmodium parasite which requires both the Anopheles mosquito and a human host to complete its lifecycle.

Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes. However, only the Anopheles mosquito – and only females of that genus – can transmit the disease.

The initial symptoms of malaria can be similar to that of the common cold (shaking, chills, fever, sweating and headache). However, if not treated promptly, the disease can quickly lead to more serious health complications and even death.

Once diagnosed, a malaria infection can be treated using antimalarial drugs. The disease can also be prevented by taking drugs before bitten by a malaria-infected mosquito. Travellers to malaria-endemic areas will be advised to take drugs before, during and after their trip.

In Africa, in areas of high transmission, children under the age of 5 are given a monthly dose of an antimalarial drug during the malaria season. This is known as seasonal malaria chemoprevention.

At the moment, there is no publicly-available malaria vaccine. However, one vaccine, called RTS,S, is undergoing trials in Africa. These began in 2019.

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From gene-editing to Artificial Intelligence (AI), we explore pertinent issues concerning the modern-day fight against malaria.

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Can we vaccinate mosquitoes?

by Justine Rougé

PhD Student, University of Glasgow

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Malaria Quiz

Put your knowledge of malaria biology and epidemiology to the test with our interactive quiz.

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