Malaria: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Barn swallows’ role mosquito control

Barn swallow is a bird belonging to the sparrow family called Passerines. They are known for ‘wintering’ in India. Wintering is when they migrate to more tropical areas from their traditional breeding grounds during the colder winter months. They usually arrive in the southern states by August. They are noted for being air borne insectivores. ..

Kenya launches Malaria Vaccination Drive

Kenya has started administering doses of the worlds only licensed malaria vaccine to young children in rural areas facing high transmission rates. Kenya is the third African country after Ghana and Malawai to introduce the vaccine. The aim of the vaccination drive is to reach about 360,000 children per year across the three countries and about 120,000 ..

Odisha aims to become India’s First Malaria-Free State

The State of Odisha which had a distinction of accounting about 40 per cent of malaria cases in the country is now working to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease altogether over the next five years. Malaria Malaria is a contagious disease caused by plasmodium parasites. The disease is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected ..

India announces a contribution of $22 million to Global Fund for AIDS, TB and malaria

India has recently announced a contribution of $22 million to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and malaria (GFTAM) for the 6th replenishment cycle (2020-22). This is an increase of 10% over the amount contributed by the country in the 5th cycle. India was the first implementing country to host a replenishment milestone of the ..

Dengue and Climate Change

The Dengue (correctly known as Dengue fever) is a mosquito-borne tropical disease. It is caused by the dengue virus which is transmitted by the Aedes mosquitos. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. Occurrence of Dengue ..

Tackling Malaria: Odisha Model

The state of Odisha has reported the highest decrease in the number of Malaria cases in the country. The number of cases has been reduced from 4,36,850 malaria cases in 2015 to  66,301 cases reported in 2018, an 85-per cent reduction. Malaria caused by the infectious Plasmodium spreads through Female Anopheles mosquitoes deposit parasite into ..

Algeria officially recognized as malaria-free in WHO African Region

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recognized Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free countries, after no new cases of the deadly disease have been reported for at least 3 consecutive years. As per WHO, there were now 38 countries and territories that have been declared free of the disease. Algeria, where the malaria parasite was ..

India launches ‘MERA India’ to remove malaria by 2030

The ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has unveiled the ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India’, a gathering of partners working together to scale up research to eliminate Malaria from India by 2030. MERA India alliance holds importance to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the operational research. The World Health Organisation ..