30/09/20

Malaria: Africa’s nagging health burden

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Episode 9

This week’s Africa Science Focus is on malaria, one of the biggest killers on the continent.

“Malaria is so common you can get it anywhere, anyhow, any time,” Jessica, a malaria sufferer in Liberia, tells the programme.

This is because Africa’s mosquitoes are “supremely efficient vectors of malaria disease”, says the World Health Organization’s David Schellenberg.

And from Malawi, Catherine Tasankha Chaima was named a finalist in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for her affordable antibacterial soap made from agricultural waste and other plant-based extracts.

If you want to know anything about developments in science and health in Africa, send us your science questions for the experts — message WhatsApp +254799042513.

Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.


This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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