New Vaccinations Against Malaria
Research and development into new malaria vaccines have yielded promising results.
About 3.3 billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease. An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year. And every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
◇◆ But There Is Hope ◇◆
Nairobi — Malaria sufferers might be able to protect themselves against life-threatening bouts of the disease by taking a single course of antibiotics, research in mice has shown.
Preventive treatment with ‘needle-free’ antibiotic vaccines could be used to control the infection in areas with high levels of transmission, a study published last month (14 July) in Science Translational Medicine suggests.
Ivory Coast sets new election date
The date for long-delayed presidential elections in Ivory Coast has been set for 31 October, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro has said. A rebellion lead by Soro split the country in half in 2002 and polls are seen as a vital step to end the crisis. Soro joined a unity government in 2007, but the peace process has been dogged by delays.
Nigeria: Former Vice President to contest 2011 elections
Indications emerged that erstwhile number two man in Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would on Sunday formally declare his presidential ambition for the 2011 presidential elections in the country.
Somalia: Behind the scenes of war
Several women in Mogadishu talkin about the day-to-day reality of living in a warzone.
“One day, as I sat at the door to my home, a mortar fell on us; all I remember was the dust all around us, then I lost consciousness. I woke up in a hospital bed and immediately realized I had lost my sight. Now I am a poor, powerless and blind woman.“