The World Health Organization has continued to make groundbreaking advancements for global health, as they have recommended a vaccine for malaria that could reinvigorate the fight against the disease.
The recommendation is based on an ongoing pilot program in Ghana, Kenya. Which involved research based on around 800,000 children.
Malaria remains one of the primary causes of infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, making the fight against this deadly disease more important than ever.
World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “This is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health, and malaria control. Using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.”
This malaria vaccine will be used to directly target malaria as well as improve immunization in the children taking it. It will be given to children of at least 5 months of age and will be administered in 4 doses.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said, “For centuries, malaria has stalked sub-Saharan Africa, causing immense personal suffering. We have long hoped for an effective malaria vaccine, and now for the first time ever, we have such a vaccine recommended for widespread use. Today’s recommendation offers a glimmer of hope for the continent which shoulders the heaviest burden of the disease, and we expect many more African children to be protected from malaria and grow into healthy adults.”
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