Eradicating disease

To exterminate a living species by accident is normally frowned on. To do so deliberately might thus seem an extraordinary sin. But if that species is Plasmodium falciparum, the sin may be excused. This parasitic organism causes the most deadly form of malaria. Together with four cousins, it is responsible for about 450,000 deaths a year, and the ruination of the lives of millions more people who survive the initial crisis of disease. Besides the direct suffering this causes, the lost human potential is enormous. The Gates Foundation, an American charity, reckons that eradicating malaria would bring the world $2 trillion of benefits by 2040.

Fight intensifies against malaria

This will be a decisive year for malaria. From the jungles of the Greater Mekong or the urban shanties of Haiti, new tools and tactics are being used to counter the spread of the disease and to alleviate its huge economic and human costs.

Malaria kills 1,200 children a day: UNICEF

UNICEF’s ‘Facts about Malaria and Children’ shows the extensive impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women around the world. This year’s World Malaria Day theme is “Invest in the future: Defeat Malaria”. UNICEF will be issuing messages on social media for World Malaria Day 2015 with the hashtag #defeatmalaria

Time has come to cast net wider as pesticide resistance grows

The humble lightbulb is not often counted among the tools used to fight infectious disease. But, as questions hang over the efficacy of the insecticide-treated mosquito net, some argue that additional measures — from innovative indoor lighting to land reuse — will be needed to halt the disease’s spread.

World malaria day quiz

Half the world’s population is at risk from malaria, but how much do you know about the disease? Test your knowledge with this quiz created by Malaria No More