Ms Mordaunt tells me about the UK’s efforts to fight malaria, the Commonwealth and the level of collaboration between DFID and the Gates Foundation.
The fight against the world’s deadliest diseases can be won with sustained investment, malaria is over-diagnosed in Nigeria and scientists in Japan find that baculovirus can destroy liver-stage parasites.
This year has witnessed a renewed sense of energy and commitment in the fight against malaria. As 2018 comes to a close, I’d like to review this year’s milestones, including the Malaria Summit, new advocacy campaigns and research breakthroughs.
Target Malaria is a consortium of researchers using ‘gene drives’ to fight malaria. I speak with Dr Alekos Simoni, one of their researchers based at Imperial College London.
Political attitudes are vital to the success of malaria elimination efforts. Jeremy Lefroy’s responsibility is to inform other Parliamentarians about the disease.
Uzbekistan declared ‘malaria-free’ by WHO, Australian veterans ‘no better off’ after a Senate inquiry into Mefloquine, a UN Biodiversity Conference decides not to ban ‘gene drives’ and Longleat Safari Park close penguin enclosure following malaria outbreak.
The Quinism Foundation, a charity advocating for research into the side effects of antimalarial drugs has been targeted by a ‘sophisticated’ email attack.
I’m joined by Lukyn Gedge who is coordinating the Microbide Bucket Challenge in India. Her team is testing the efficacy of a new biodegradable larvicide that can kill mosquitos, releasing carbon dioxide and water into the atmosphere.