Malawi to test world’s first malaria vaccine

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Malawi together with two other African countries has been selected to test the first ever malaria vaccine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced today that Malawi, Ghana and Kenya will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implemented program that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available to 750,000 children, beginning 2018.

Malaria

A jab

The injectable vaccine, RTS,S was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of Malaria caused by plasmodium falciparum and it will be assessed in the pilot programme as a complementary Malaria control tool that could potentially be added to the core package of WHO recommended measures for malaria prevention.

WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti said in a statement that the vaccine has the potential to save thousands of lives.

“The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help the organisation make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine.

“Combined with existing Malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands lives in Africa,” said Moeti.

Africa bears the greatest burden of Malaria worldwide. Global efforts in the last 15 years have led to 62 percent reduction in Malaria deaths between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429,000 people died of the disease in 2015. The majority were young children in Africa.

The WHO pilot programme will assess whether the vaccine’s protective effects in children aged 5-17 months old during phase lll testing can be replicated in real life.

The vaccine will be given to children once a month for three months before a fourth dose 18 months later.

The pilot programme will also assess the feasibility of delivering the required four doses of the jab, the vaccine’s potential role in reducing childhood deaths and its safety in the context of routine use.

The three African countries have been selected to test the vaccine because they already run large programmes to end the disease though they still have high number of cases.

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNITAID, are partnering to provide US$49.2 million for the first phase of the pilot programme which will run from 2017 to 2020.

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  1. panja kuno nde koeselera.anthu kaya azikumana.ndixovuta zina zopweteka kwambili inu sikukhuzani.minister of healthyo atadware malungo singamubaye kut ayeselere paieyo kom athu amene alibe profile ndi bussy kueselera.kwanaso kulimaiko mungathe kupita ku brazil

  2. That so called poison and drug boards don’t have equipment to test things all wat they do is to receive bribes and stamp certifying deadly things into Malawi shame!!!!!

  3. That so called poison and drug boards don’t have equipment to test things all wat they do is to receive bribes and stamp certifying deadly things into Malawi shame!!!!!

  4. ine ndawona chinthu ichi?Azunguwa alitenganso dzikoli iwo samapuma bwino maka akawona Anthu okudafe;zija anachita Dr Livingston zija kuwaphela Liston kwiyo wawo pa anthu okudafe suzatha Mdulidwe mpaka ma jakisoni opitilila 8 onsewa opangisa zanzi aaa kunamatu uku,kapangeni Ku Malawi,kulowesa chipaipi ku maliseche kwa amai kayezeni amalawi bola muzikawapasa mpoto,chitenje osaiwala Mfanta ndi Mchimtuwisa umutha Mmalawi lero ndi izi sitinati tizafa tonse kamodzi mkamodzi zikufunika kupemphela kwambiri komanso kusamala.

  5. ine ndawona chinthu ichi?Azunguwa alitenganso dzikoli iwo samapuma bwino maka akawona Anthu okudafe;zija anachita Dr Livingston zija kuwaphela Liston kwiyo wawo pa anthu okudafe suzatha Mdulidwe mpaka ma jakisoni opitilila 8 onsewa opangisa zanzi aaa kunamatu uku,kapangeni Ku Malawi,kulowesa chipaipi ku maliseche kwa amai kayezeni amalawi bola muzikawapasa mpoto,chitenje osaiwala Mfanta ndi Mchimtuwisa umutha Mmalawi lero ndi izi sitinati tizafa tonse kamodzi mkamodzi zikufunika kupemphela kwambiri komanso kusamala.

  6. Everytime this shit happens in a country it comes out with a hell of massive death to innocent citizens. So lets not accept this rubbish please

  7. Lower Risk
    Written By:
    Kelli Miller
    Tagged In
    Living Well
    Risk Factors
    Jan 21, 2016

    If you’re a woman of childbearing years who wants to delay pregnancy, you might have heard that some birth control methods are linked to cancer. Spend a minute online and you’ll probably find more than a handful of contradicting reports saying some types cause cancer, while others fend it off. How do you know what to believe?

    “This is a perplexing issue for many women,” says Mia Gaudet, Strategic Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research at the American Cancer Society. For example, “there is consistent evidence that oral contraceptives (birth control pills) increase a woman’s risk of breast and cervical cancer but decrease the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.”

    Here is a quick look at some popular birth control options and what we know today about their links to common cancers.

    Increased Risk: Breast Cancer

    If you take or have taken birth control pills in the recent past, you are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than women who’ve never used them. Researchers aren’t sure if the link is due to the estrogen or progesterone. Some research hints it might be caused by high-dose estrogen, but women in studies who took the progesterone-only shot Depo-Provera have also been found to have higher rates of breast cancer.

    “It is just not really clear,” says Gaudet. “But interestingly, the increased risk goes away after you’ve been off the oral contraceptive for 10 or more years.”

    Things that might lower your risk:

    Reducing the number of years you are taking birth control pills.
    Choosing a different form of contraception. For example, a non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) is a reversible form of birth control that is not linked to breast cancer. Bonus: It might also lower your risk of cervical and endometrial cancer.
    Increased Risk: Cervical Cancer

    Taking birth control pills for 5 or more years might make you more likely to get cervical cancer. The longer you use them, the higher your risk. The risk tends to go back down over time when you stop taking the pills.

    However, most cervical cancers are caused by a persistent infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Today, doctors typically screen for such infections during a woman’s health exam and Pap smear. “If you receive regular check-ups and HPV screening, this cancer should be less of a concern,” says Gaudet.

    Things that might lower your risk:

    Getting regular HPV screenings.
    Choosing another form of birth control, like an IUD.
    Reduced Risk: Endometrial Cancer

    Birth control pills containing both estrogen and progesterone can lower your risk of this type of cancer. The longer you take them, the lower your risk. The benefit seems to last for at least a decade after you stop.

    An IUD might also help lower your risk of endometrial cancer.

    Reduced Risk: Ovarian Cancer

    Combo estrogen/progesterone birth control pills can lower your risk of this type of cancer. The benefit starts within 3 to 6 months after starting the pill. The longer you take it, the lower your risk. Depo-Provera also lowers the risk, especially if you use it for more than 3 years.

    Don’t want to take the pill? “Women who are finished with reproduction might choose to have their tubes removed or have tubal ligation, which also help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer,” says Gaudet.

    Reduced Risk: Colon Cancer

    The protective benefits of birth control pills might not be limited to certain reproductive cancers. Growing evidence says the pill may lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer while you take it. More research is needed.

    The Bottom Line

    When choosing a form of birth control, talk to your doctor about all of your options. There are many factors to consider. Cancer risk is only one of them. Birth control can have many health effects; some may be bad while others may be good – like more regular menstrual cycles. Know that oral contraceptives play an important role not only in family planning but also managing other health problems like endometriosis,” says Gaudet. “It’s also important for a woman to consider her own family history and spectrum of cancers in her family.”

  8. Lower Risk
    Written By:
    Kelli Miller
    Tagged In
    Living Well
    Risk Factors
    Jan 21, 2016

    If you’re a woman of childbearing years who wants to delay pregnancy, you might have heard that some birth control methods are linked to cancer. Spend a minute online and you’ll probably find more than a handful of contradicting reports saying some types cause cancer, while others fend it off. How do you know what to believe?

    “This is a perplexing issue for many women,” says Mia Gaudet, Strategic Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research at the American Cancer Society. For example, “there is consistent evidence that oral contraceptives (birth control pills) increase a woman’s risk of breast and cervical cancer but decrease the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.”

    Here is a quick look at some popular birth control options and what we know today about their links to common cancers.

    Increased Risk: Breast Cancer

    If you take or have taken birth control pills in the recent past, you are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than women who’ve never used them. Researchers aren’t sure if the link is due to the estrogen or progesterone. Some research hints it might be caused by high-dose estrogen, but women in studies who took the progesterone-only shot Depo-Provera have also been found to have higher rates of breast cancer.

    “It is just not really clear,” says Gaudet. “But interestingly, the increased risk goes away after you’ve been off the oral contraceptive for 10 or more years.”

    Things that might lower your risk:

    Reducing the number of years you are taking birth control pills.
    Choosing a different form of contraception. For example, a non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) is a reversible form of birth control that is not linked to breast cancer. Bonus: It might also lower your risk of cervical and endometrial cancer.
    Increased Risk: Cervical Cancer

    Taking birth control pills for 5 or more years might make you more likely to get cervical cancer. The longer you use them, the higher your risk. The risk tends to go back down over time when you stop taking the pills.

    However, most cervical cancers are caused by a persistent infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Today, doctors typically screen for such infections during a woman’s health exam and Pap smear. “If you receive regular check-ups and HPV screening, this cancer should be less of a concern,” says Gaudet.

    Things that might lower your risk:

    Getting regular HPV screenings.
    Choosing another form of birth control, like an IUD.
    Reduced Risk: Endometrial Cancer

    Birth control pills containing both estrogen and progesterone can lower your risk of this type of cancer. The longer you take them, the lower your risk. The benefit seems to last for at least a decade after you stop.

    An IUD might also help lower your risk of endometrial cancer.

    Reduced Risk: Ovarian Cancer

    Combo estrogen/progesterone birth control pills can lower your risk of this type of cancer. The benefit starts within 3 to 6 months after starting the pill. The longer you take it, the lower your risk. Depo-Provera also lowers the risk, especially if you use it for more than 3 years.

    Don’t want to take the pill? “Women who are finished with reproduction might choose to have their tubes removed or have tubal ligation, which also help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer,” says Gaudet.

    Reduced Risk: Colon Cancer

    The protective benefits of birth control pills might not be limited to certain reproductive cancers. Growing evidence says the pill may lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer while you take it. More research is needed.

    The Bottom Line

    When choosing a form of birth control, talk to your doctor about all of your options. There are many factors to consider. Cancer risk is only one of them. Birth control can have many health effects; some may be bad while others may be good – like more regular menstrual cycles. Know that oral contraceptives play an important role not only in family planning but also managing other health problems like endometriosis,” says Gaudet. “It’s also important for a woman to consider her own family history and spectrum of cancers in her family.”

  9. we can talk & express our good views, unfortunately the cashgaters have already pocketed millions sacrificing fellow malawians to be used as specimen. kukhala dziko losauka si dhilu, ati ndalama alandira kale kukonzekera chisankho. kkkkkkkkkk

  10. we can talk & express our good views, unfortunately the cashgaters have already pocketed millions sacrificing fellow malawians to be used as specimen. kukhala dziko losauka si dhilu, ati ndalama alandira kale kukonzekera chisankho. kkkkkkkkkk

  11. The test is also taking place in Ghana,I hope that the vaccination does not contain virus to kill Africans!,we are also weating here in Zambia.

  12. kkkkkk ma comment , kwawoko kulibe malungo sangayeseleko , kkkkkkkk amalawi osayiwala kuli mayiko ena zoti kuli malungo amangomva ngati nthano , even pa South A pompa for five years sinamveko zoti wina wapita ku hospa kamba ka Malungo .kkkkkkkkmm malawi sadzatheka kkkkkmkhahaha

  13. Azunguwa zitsiru munthu wakuda amamuona ngati chinyama atani kubweretsa zithu zoyesedwa kale ndicifukwa chake ma cancer angoti mbwee kamba kamakhwala akulera chonde amalawi tikhale maso zungu amangodziwa kupanga chithu koma iyeyo sagwilitsa tchito osamangosekelera zilizonse

  14. Izi Ndiye Zina Bwanji, Maiko Onse Nikusanka Malawi??? Aona Cani A Malawi Naonso Ndi Anthu Monga Aliyense Nkhaniyi Yani Nyasa Bwanji Anakayeselatu Kopangilako Osati Izi Ayi

  15. I just hope malawi drug and poisons board will be given time to test the vaccine in their lab and kindly reject it whether safe or not.

  16. I just hope malawi drug and poisons board will be given time to test the vaccine in their lab and kindly reject it whether safe or not.

  17. Why always malawi why?atabwela laah munayesela kumalawi ndizobowa zimenezi.Amene amalola mankhwala kuti aziyesela kuno azikawayesela ana ake ndi abale ake mukumatiphela ana zimenezi.mukatelo ndi wammasukulu kukabaya ana ndizopusa

  18. Kukhala M’malawi Mkulimba Mtima.
    Better Solution is to run away when they have come at our village,tc,town and else where.
    asowe omupatsa pracatical yawoyo.

  19. Kukhala M’malawi Mkulimba Mtima.
    Better Solution is to run away when they have come at our village,tc,town and else where.
    asowe omupatsa pracatical yawoyo.

  20. why malawi????why can`t you test your malaria vaccine in your continet???? take note of that ,once someone die with your malaria vaccine you will not be allowed to turn back to your original home because we are not animal .

  21. why malawi????why can`t you test your malaria vaccine in your continet???? take note of that ,once someone die with your malaria vaccine you will not be allowed to turn back to your original home because we are not animal .

  22. Mai Maĺawi wanga atsogoleri akugulisa myoyo ya wanthu kamba ka ñdalama kuesera kukutanthauźa kut zingaononģe kapena kusaononga moyo wa ànthu nanga akabweresa vuto azatàni nao okumana mvutoo?Atsoģoleri mwatañi ngati simunapite kusukulu? mukuĺakwatu koma remember ndiomweo muwagulisao ot azakuvotereñi

  23. I heard that AIDs used to affect Monkeys and when the scientists introduced the ARVs they tested using the very same monkeys. so my question is, Does malaria only affect people (Malawians)?.If not so why didn’t they suggest of using animals for the test ñot the innocent malawians. Why do these suppressors relate us to animals? .Am urging those that are in front seat to positively withdraw and reject this tendance.

  24. I heard that AIDs used to affect Monkeys and when the scientists introduced the ARVs they tested using the very same monkeys. so my question is, Does malaria only affect people (Malawians)?.If not so why didn’t they suggest of using animals for the test ñot the innocent malawians. Why do these suppressors relate us to animals? .Am urging those that are in front seat to positively withdraw and reject this tendance.

  25. When scientists want to test drugs they are fond of using mice.I have also gathered that when some astraunauts wanted to explore the sun they tested through a dog which unfortunately got ‘cremated’ by the sun heat.Now this time around they are on us Malawians I guess they are equating us to mice and dogs.YUCK!

    • Next they will test a bomb on our land and typical of our daftness and docility our media shall happily carry such sick headlines as ….Malawi has been selected to be one of the countries where America shall test its explosives.Dzuka Malawi dzuka

  26. Why Malawi? They want to wipe us once again. They have done that already with the virus. Our beautiful women are dying day in day out from cervical cancer. All because of family planning contraceptives. And they lie, oh men can you get circumsised. Some of contraceptives are used on dogs in their countries but in Malawi they admister them in human beings. When all these drugs come to Malawi, does drugs and poisons board examine them to make sure they dont contain harmful effects. And these malarial drugs first need thorough examination before introducing them to our beautiful people.

  27. Why Malawi? They want to wipe us once again. They have done that already with the virus. Our beautiful women are dying day in day out from cervical cancer. All because of family planning contraceptives. And they lie, oh men can you get circumsised. Some of contraceptives are used on dogs in their countries but in Malawi they admister them in human beings. When all these drugs come to Malawi, does drugs and poisons board examine them to make sure they dont contain harmful effects. And these malarial drugs first need thorough examination before introducing them to our beautiful people.

  28. So you are telling me that Malawi is happy with this initiative ? why is it like that most of the times that these white people always test their products in African countries ? why can’t they test in their countries ? What if the vaccine is deadly and kills alot of peoples ? I totally disagree with the initiative as a concerned citizen, we are not animals we are humans, they shouldn’t take advantage of our poverty, they must remember that Africa is where their riches come,from ..

    • After all they will inject another matenda”!!
      Look at the prevalence of cervical cancer I feel its a creative one through condom fluid!!!!

    • The pioneer study was already done . if you had watched BBC or Ctgn . all ethical considerations were undertaken. This is a welcome idea concerning the deaths of under five. They’re a lot of researchers done in Malawi. E.g HIV vaccination, go and find out.

    • The pioneer study was already done . if you had watched BBC or Ctgn . all ethical considerations were undertaken. This is a welcome idea concerning the deaths of under five. They’re a lot of researchers done in Malawi. E.g HIV vaccination, go and find out.

    • the reason they test on us is because we need the vaccines alot since we are the ones affected. …go to the USA or any other European countries, you wont find mosquitoes or the malaria diseases so we need these vaccines…, stop being so proud africans thinking you know everything

    • My Friend #George_Maize_Gate_Chaponda , have you heard what happened in Lesotho? The same development introduced to vaccinate under 5 children , but alas this has caused the death of hundreds of innocents souls. I will follow this development if they have tested their children first including you #George_Maize_Gate_Chaponda kkkkkkk

    • Why not just just spray the whole country like they did in south Africa
      Not only children are dying of malaria even adults

    • Much As I Lyk Ur Coment I Feel Malaria Prevalence Is In Afri Tropics. Azungu Aja Kuteroko Amabwera Lafan/ Maranther Ma Sub Vacine Drugs So They Don’t Fall Sick

    • Ehe,, but if you read the post carefully you will find out that the vaccine is newly discovered no country has ever tested or used it, In their opinion they regarded it a wise choice to do their experiment in Malawi and other mentioned countries, so we are Laboratories so to speaker we are no longer humans,

  29. So you are telling me that Malawi is happy with this initiative ? why is it like that most of the times that these white people always test their products in African countries ? why can’t they test in their countries ? What if the vaccine is deadly and kills alot of peoples ? I totally disagree with the initiative as a concerned citizen, we are not animals we are humans, they shouldn’t take advantage of our poverty, they must remember that Africa is where their riches come,from ..

    • After all they will inject another matenda”!!
      Look at the prevalence of cervical cancer I feel its a creative one through condom fluid!!!!

    • The pioneer study was already done . if you had watched BBC or Ctgn . all ethical considerations were undertaken. This is a welcome idea concerning the deaths of under five. They’re a lot of researchers done in Malawi. E.g HIV vaccination, go and find out.

    • The pioneer study was already done . if you had watched BBC or Ctgn . all ethical considerations were undertaken. This is a welcome idea concerning the deaths of under five. They’re a lot of researchers done in Malawi. E.g HIV vaccination, go and find out.

    • the reason they test on us is because we need the vaccines alot since we are the ones affected. …go to the USA or any other European countries, you wont find mosquitoes or the malaria diseases so we need these vaccines…, stop being so proud africans thinking you know everything

    • My Friend #George_Maize_Gate_Chaponda , have you heard what happened in Lesotho? The same development introduced to vaccinate under 5 children , but alas this has caused the death of hundreds of innocents souls. I will follow this development if they have tested their children first including you #George_Maize_Gate_Chaponda kkkkkkk

    • Why not just just spray the whole country like they did in south Africa
      Not only children are dying of malaria even adults

    • Much As I Lyk Ur Coment I Feel Malaria Prevalence Is In Afri Tropics. Azungu Aja Kuteroko Amabwera Lafan/ Maranther Ma Sub Vacine Drugs So They Don’t Fall Sick

    • Ehe,, but if you read the post carefully you will find out that the vaccine is newly discovered no country has ever tested or used it, In their opinion they regarded it a wise choice to do their experiment in Malawi and other mentioned countries, so we are Laboratories so to speaker we are no longer humans,

  30. kkkkk atsala mabombanso adzayetsera komkuno ife nfie samatiwerengera ndithu olo titafa tonse palibe vuto nanga umeneu ndi ulemu kuno kudzikhala koyetera zinthu?

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