World's first malaria vaccine to be tested in Africa in 2018

Posted on:25 Apr 2017 14:21:08
World's first malaria vaccine to be tested in Africa in 2018
25 April 2017 Current Affairs:

  • The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced today that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implementation programme that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018

  • The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum.

  • RTS,S 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.


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