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Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year, most of them children in Africa. New weapons are arriving to aid the fight against it, notably a vaccine that could protect millions from infection. FT correspondents look at latest developments in Africa and Asia, plus updates on funding and the progress made by science in countering a still formidable disease

Dose of reality hits hopes for vaccine

The Phase 3 trial of the Mosquirix vaccine underway in Bagamoyo, Tanzania
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World Health Organisation wants to see more evidence of benefits

Big buzz: Anthony James of the University of California regards developments so far as ‘significant’
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Scientists zero in on mosquito DNA

Genetic modification could prove vital

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A Chinese nurse prepares a dose of vaccination against measles as part of a free 10-day nationwide campaign to urge parents to participate amid public fears about the safety of the inoculations in Hefei, in eastern China's Anhui province on September 11, 2010. China launched a measles vaccination programme targeting 100 million children in a bid to eradicate the disease, a leading cause of avoidable death in developing nations, by 2012. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Scientists and health workers are under pressure to develop vaccines to fight new threats
Prize find: Nobel laureate Tu Youyou scoured Chinese literature in search of traditional herbal medicines
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Hunt is on for drugs to fight raised insect resistance

Pressure on Big Pharma as mosquitoes overcome ancient remedy

Overwhelmed: three or four patients have to share a bed at an MSF-supported hospital in Baraka, eastern DRC
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Conditions conspire against DRC control effort

Stability has returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo, then so have more mosquitoes

‘Malaria bond’ set for fundraising role

While charitable giving is key, debt opens way to intriguing possibilities

On the record: phonecalls aided creation of detailed map of transmission

Phone data help contain human transmission

Understanding how people carry parasites is essential

Net makers afforded scant protective cover

Global market makes life tough for manufacturers in Africa

Indian doctors scrutinise maternal deaths

Experts in deprived tribal areas say pregnant women need more anti-malaria care

a woman puts up a bed net in Tanzania
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WHO urged to speed testing regime

Efficacy arguments delay new products. Plus Bangkok regional correspondent Michael Peel on the Mekong delta eradication campaign’s ‘race against time’


Fight intensifies against a killer disease

Despite progress, existing treatments and pesticides are losing their effectiveness

War on Anopheles mosquitoes heats up

Scientists are learning more about how the insects target humans

Lethal gene relies on laws of attraction

Scientists turn to biological warfare to eradicate mosquitoes

Human trials speed up delivery of vaccines

Australian drug trial research on healthy volunteers is attracting international donors

Scientists target people and mosquitoes

The first malaria vaccine will be a milestone but not a magic bullet

Time has come to cast net wider as pesticide resistance grows

As bed nets begin to lose their effectiveness, researchers experiment with new ideas

Haiti revives eradication aim

Recent experience and limited funding point to the need for a more targeted approach

Tests get cheaper and more sensitive

Rapid diagnosis could help detect victims who are unwittingly spreading the disease

Huge costs have been a call to action

Efforts have reduced prevalence but much more needs to be done

Race against time to kill resistant mosquitoes

Scientists and manufacturers must innovate to avoid a catastrophe in the decades to come