Monday 04 May 2020

*UKHotViewsExtra* 2iC develops novel malaria detection & control strategy

2iC logoThere is virtually no aspect of our daily lives that has been left untouched by the Covid-19 virus and the impact of it will likely be felt for several months and years to come.  It’s worth remembering that all of the other diseases which existed BC (Before Covid) are still just as problematic during this pandemic, and in some cases are being exaccerbated by the disruption caused by Covid-19.

New modelling analysis released by WHO and partners ahead of World Malaria Day (25 April) showed that severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 760,000, compared to 2018.   The annual death toll from malaria does not grab the headlines in the same way, but this disease has been endemic in many developing nations for thousands of years and still there is no vaccine.

UKHotViews Premium logoIn the absence of medical therapies to prevent malaria, access to antimalarial drugs and control strategies such as the provision of sleeping nets and spraying of insecticides are the cornerstones of WHO programmes to combat the morbidity of malaria.  Recently, UK SME 2iC  has been partnering with an academic research institute to develop a novel malaria detection and control strategy using technology originally developed for military use. A pilot project will start in a developing tropical country later this year… Read more.

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Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '09:08' - Tagged: health   innovation   iot