Mosquitoes Have Developed Resistance to Every One of Our Malaria-Fighting Tools

By Kaleigh Rogers, Reporter, VICE 

In May, VICE reporter Kaleigh Rogers visited Tanzania to report on malaria, and stopped by the Ithna Asheri clinic in Arusha, where a PSI intervention helped train clinicians and lab techs in using malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (mRDTs) to properly diagnosis and treat fever cases. Below is an excerpt from her article on Motherboard, an online magazine launched by VICE.

Arusha, Tanzania

Over the last decade and a half, malaria rates globally have plummeted. In 2000,839,000 people around the world died from malaria, according to the World Health Organization. In 2015, 438,000 did.

This reduction was achieved for the most part through a concerted global aid effort that focused on simple solutions with widespread distribution. Insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs) were handed out to expectant mothers and school kids to protect families from hungry mosquitoes while they slept. Homes were sprayed with long-lasting insecticide to kill the insects after a blood feed, before they can spread the parasite. Artemisinin combination therapy—the gold standard in antimalarial drugs—was made more widely available, subsidized to be more affordable or free.

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A worker inspects an insecticide-treated bed net at a factory in Arusha, Tanzania. Image: Kaleigh Rogers/Motherboard

Read the rest of Kaleigh’s story on VICE