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RTSS Malaria Vaccine helps reduce malaria cases and deaths in children under five – Dr Paul Boateng

RTSS Malaria Vaccine helps reduce malaria cases and deaths in children under five – Dr Paul Boateng

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
Dr Paul Boateng, Case Management Focal Person, National Malaria Elimination Programme, says the introduction of the RTSS malaria vaccine has contributed to a sharp decline in malaria morbidities and mortalities among children aged six to 59 months in the last three years.  He told the Ghana News Agency that the vaccine together with other interventions targeted at children under five, such as the use of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) indoor residual spraying among others has helped reduce malaria prevalence from 14.1 per cent in 2019 to 8.6 in 2022.  Findings from the 2022 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) indicates that malaria prevalence in children aged six to 59 months is 8.6 per cent according to microscopy results.   However, the malaria prevale...
Ghana confirms invasion of dangerous new mosquito breed

Ghana confirms invasion of dangerous new mosquito breed

Ghana News, Headlines Today, Health & Wellbeing
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed the invasion of a new breed of mosquito more dangerous than the anopheles. The new breed known as Anopheles Stephensi, is also a malaria-transmitting mosquito, very invasive, spreads faster, and can adopt to a myriad of climate conditions according to the World Health Organization. GHSe has established its presence in Tuba and Dansoman, and has warned residents to protect themselves. The Anopheles Stephensi first invaded Africa in 2019, the countries include Ethiopia Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria and unfortunately confirmed in Ghana just this March. This breed produces both Plasmodium Falciparum (the deadliest species of plasmodium which causes malaria) and P Vivax Malaria parasites. Also, a recent mathematical modeling study by th...
Ghana first to approve ‘world-changer’ malaria vaccine

Ghana first to approve ‘world-changer’ malaria vaccine

Headlines Today, Health & Wellbeing, World News
Ghana is the first country to approve a new malaria vaccine that has been described as a “world-changer” by the scientists who developed it. The vaccine – called R21 – appears to be hugely effective, in stark contrast to previous ventures in the same field. Ghana’s drug regulators have assessed the final trial data on the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness, which is not yet public, and have decided to use it. The World Health Organization is also considering approving the vaccine. Malaria kills about 620,000 people each year, most of them young children. It has been a massive, century-long, scientific undertaking to develop a vaccine that protects the body from the malaria parasite. Trial data from preliminary studies in Burkina Faso showed the R21 vaccine was up to 80% ...

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