Malaria Current Affairs, GK & News

World Malaria Report, 2020

The World Malaria Report, 2020 was recently released by the World Health Organisation. As per the report, India recorded the largest reduction in malaria cases in South East Asia. The case count has reduced from 20 million in 2000 to around 5.6 million in 2019. The report also stated that the global malaria case count ..

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Indian Meteorological Department to provide predictions for Malaria from next monsoon

On November 7, 2020, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that it will start providing Malaria outbreak forecast from next monsoon. Also, it announced that India is to ramp up its high performance computing facility. Under this the existing capacity of 10 petaflop is to be increased to 40 petaflops. According to the recently released ..

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WHO resumes Hydroxychloroquine Study

On June 4, 2020, the World Health Organization resumed its clinical trials on exploring whether the Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) drug is effective in treating COVID-19. Highlights The clinical trial on Malaria Drug HCQ was earlier put on hold by the World Health Organization raising concerns of its efficacy. Why were the trials put off? The clinical ..

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WHO adopts “Human Challenge Trial” to develop new vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced eight candidates to enter human trials. Several people step forward to participate in human challenge trial as the race to develop new vaccine for the virus is increasing. What is Human Challenge Trial? The trial involves infecting volunteers intentionally with COVID-19 virus. This is done to speed up ..

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CSIR and AYUSH Ministry begin clinical trials of four Ayurvedic Drugs

On May 13, 2020, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Ministry of AYUSH began clinical trials of four Ayurvedic drugs. The four formulations include Ashwagandha, Guduchi + Pippali, Yashtimadhu and AYUSH-64. Highlights A Taskforce has been formed to implement the trials. A comparative and competitive study is to be conducted between Ashwagandha ..

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