New Malaria Drug Looks Promising

Researchers hope to use a new class of drugs to exploit the physiology of the malaria parasite by blocking a salt pump at its surface.
  • Africa:  New Drug Puts Malaria Under the Pump

    Australian National University, 19 February 2013

    Researchers have discovered how a new class of antimalarial drugs kills the malaria parasite, showing that the drugs block a pump at the parasite surface, causing it to fill with ... read more »

Infected Anopheles mosquitoes carry a parasite in the genus Plasmodium, the cause of the deadly disease malaria.

  • Africa:  New Tool for Fight Against Malaria

    American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 13 November 2012

    Speaking at ASTMH Annual Meeting, researchers say breakthrough could make it much easier to evaluate new drugs and vaccines while also becoming a vaccine itself read more »

  • Africa:  Major Malaria Vaccine Less Effective Than Hoped

    Inter Press Service, 9 November 2012

    Researchers unveiling critical trial results of a potentially major anti-malaria vaccine are expressing disappointment that the drug's efficacy levels have proved lower than they ... read more »

  • Africa:  Malaria Kills Twice As Many People As Previously Thought, Research Finds

    Guardian Global Development Network, 3 February 2012

    Malaria kills twice as many people every year as formerly believed, taking 1.2 million lives and causing the deaths not only of babies but also older children and adults, according ... read more »

  • Africa:  New Hope for Malaria

    Guardian Global Development Network, 7 July 2011

    A drug that is regularly given to people in Africa to prevent river blindness appears also to kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria, scientists have discovered. read more »

  • Africa:  Scientists Focus On Male Mosquitoes in Bid to Control Malaria

    Inter Press Service, 17 December 2010

    After successfully suppressing scourges of fruit, tsetse and screwworm flies in the Americas, researchers are exploring whether the same sterilised insect technique can be used to ... read more »

  • South Africa:  UCT Scientists Make Malaria Breakthrough

    Health-e, 29 August 2012

    A compound that has the potential to cure malaria in a single dose has been discovered by researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT). read more »

  • Tanzania:  NIMR Calls for Cheaper, Effective Malaria Drugs

    Tanzania Daily News, 6 December 2012

    THE Director General of the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Dr Mwele Malecela, challenged malaria scientists and researchers to work hard to discover new drugs that ... read more »