Malaria remains a major cause of death in Ghana. Most of those who die are children under the age of five. Now, the country has started a vaccination program. The campaign is targeted to cut the mosquito-spread disease dramatically.
Hundreds of thousands of children are to receive a groundbreaking vaccine against the mosquito-born disease in three African countries. It's hoped the campaign will save many lives, but there are some drawbacks.
Although it's a breakthrough, the first ever malaria vaccination only provides partial protection. But researchers are optimistic that a different vaccination currently in the works could be even more effective.
It may be worth letting a dog sniff your socks. According to a British study, the method could be used to detect malaria earlier.
Africa has depended on outside help to combat its worst killer, malaria, for decades. Despite more recent strides than setbacks in combating the scourge of the mosquito-borne disease, it remains heavily donor-reliant.
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