US$450m needed to tackle ‘grave’ malaria threat says WHO

Mosquitoes ready for dissection in a lab Photo: AFP

Hundreds of millions of dollars are needed to stop a deadly form of drug-resistant malaria jumping from Southeast Asia to the rest of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

Friday, 25 October, 2013, 5:33pm

Short Sport, March 3, 2013

Wang Chien-ming threw six shutout innings. Photo: AP

Golf officials denied rumours of a malaria outbreak on the LPGA Tour yesterday after Natalie Gulbis and Pak Se-ri pulled out of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore due to illness and staff members also fell sick.

3 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

The parasite strikes back

Sweet wormwood is processed to form part of a combination therapy to treat malaria. Unfortunately, resistance to the treatment is increasing in Asia. Photo: AFP

There were about 216 million cases of malaria last year and an estimated 655,000 deaths in 2010 according to the World Malaria Report 2011. Most deaths occur among children in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria. Resistance to treatment adds to these statistics.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:21am

Experts warn of drug-resistant malaria threat

A Thai health official takes a blood sample from a child's finger for a malaria test at a malaria clinic in Bong Ti Lang village, near the Thai-Myanmar border. Photo: EPA

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in Asia, experts warned, as a high-level conference opened yesterday with the aim of hammering out an action plan to strengthen the region's response.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

Asia battles drug-resistant malaria

A Malaria Post worker prepares a blood sample for testing at a malaria clinic in Tai Muang, in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand. Photo: EPA

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in Asia, experts warned as a high-level conference opened on Wednesday with the aim of hammering out an action plan to strengthen the region’s response.

31 Oct 2012 - 9:13pm

Briefs, September 28, 2012

Yingluck Shinawatra at the Asia Society, New York. Photo: Reuters

Cult leader hanged for six murders

28 Sep 2012 - 3:51am

Medecins sans Frontieres seeks China's help on Africa malaria cure

MSF's Dr Unni Karunakara.

One of the world's leading medical NGOs is in talks with Chinese scientists and researchers to develop a malaria treatment suitable for Africa, as well as other places.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:59am


It may not seem to have a nose, but a mosquito has an extraordinary sense of smell, which gives it the uncanny ability to find and bite us.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cheap malaria drug hope for millions

A team of Shanghai-based scientists say they have discovered a novel method of developing anti-malaria drugs far more cheaply and on a much larger scale, with the potential to benefit hundreds of millions of patients, especially those in Africa.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Hong Kong is not at risk from malaria, according to the latest World Malaria Risk Chart from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers.

In fact the disease, which is caused by the parasite Plasmodium transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, has been under control in the city for more than 40 years.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Quick fixes for the walking wounded

I've biked 50,000 kilometres from Siberia to England, traversed the length of Israel on foot, and walked London's infamous 290-kilometre ring road in six days. But I've never used a medical kit as much as on my current expedition: walking 5,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hong Kong.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Lifeblood by Alex Perry Audible (audiobook)

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Progress against malaria

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Big business can unite the world

Ever since the world economy began to open up, there have been supporters and critics of globalisation. This is the process by which businesses and other organisations gain influence abroad, or operate on an international scale.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Malaria vaccine is a breakthrough

A vaccine with a 47 per cent success rate reportedly left scientists who developed it in tears at the result of 25 years' work. That sounds like a sad story - vindication of the scepticism of many of their peers who thought they were attempting the impossible.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am