Health

Deadly sleeping sickness set to be eliminated in 6 years

Gambian sleeping sickness - a deadly parasitic disease spread by tsetse flies - could be eliminated in six years in key regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to new research by the University of Warwick. Kat Rock and Matt Keeling at the School of Life Sciences, with colleagues in DRC and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, have calculated the impact of different intervention strategies on the population dynamics of tsetse flies and humans - establishing which strategies show the most promise to control and eliminate the disease. They found that a two-pronged...

A long road but potential malaria cure a boon for African science

The road to creating a safe and effective medicinal drug is expensive, arduous, and littered with disappointing results. Yet a team of post-doctoral scientists headed by Professor Kelly Chibane at the University of Cape Town may have found an effective cure for malaria, a disease that kills an estimated 665 000 people per year.

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