Scientists have developed a novel way with genome sequences to study and better understand transmission, treat and ultimately eradicate Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of malaria.
Uzbekistan becomes the second country in 2018 to be certified malaria-free – Paraguay was certified in June.
Next month, London scientists will begin stitching bits of DNA together and inserting them into hundreds of insect eggs - the first step toward engineering a new kind of mosquito that could help eradicate malaria.
The flow of seasonal migrant workers once made Richard Toll a malaria hot spot in Senegal, but a partnership between government and a private company has had remarkable results fighting the disease.
An experimental program that gave drugs to 365,000 people in malarial hotspots in Myanmar has succeeded in substantially reducing and even sometimes clearing malaria completely from villages.
The global malaria mortality rate fell by 60 percent between 2000 and 2015; however, challenges such as drug and insecticide resistance threaten to reverse the progress made.
The initiative is intended to complement existing efforts toward malaria elimination in the region.
Scientists fear a repeat of the global malaria resurgence after drug-resistant parasites emerged in Southeast Asia from the 1950s to the 1970s.
If Zambia were to eliminate malaria, it would be one of the first countries in Africa to do so, and the only country in sub-Saharan Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new malaria elimination guidance that provides countries with a set of tools and strategies for achieving and maintaining elimination.