Malaria

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: India is set to make malaria a notifiable disease nationwide, with the aim of being malaria-free by 2027 and eliminating the disease by 2030. Currently, malaria is notifiable in 33 states and union territories.   What is the meaning of ‘notifiable disease’? A notifiable disease is any disease that …

New hope for malaria vaccine

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Science and Technology- Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life   Source: Indian Express Context: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recently approved RTS, S/AS01 (Mosquirix) developed by GlaxoSmithKline for immunising children against malaria was a big milestone after decades of gradual progress.   About Malaria disease: Malaria is a …

What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S), trade name Mosquirix, was recently endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is the first and, to date only, vaccine shown to have the capability of significantly reducing malaria, and life-threatening severe malaria, in tests on young African children.   About Mosquirix: …