Malaria vaccine trials for Kenya

Scientists involved in the trial of a vaccine against malaria say they are optimistic.



    Scientists involved in the trial of a vaccine against malaria say they are optimistic they can defeat the disease. Early tests of the vaccine showed it could provide complete protection for some people.

    Eighty five per cent of deaths are children under five years of age

    The scientists have now launched trials in Kenya to see if the vaccine is as effective in the wider population.

    There are over 300 million cases of malaria around the world each year and it claims more than one million lives.

    More than 90 per cent of cases are reported in sub-Saharan Africa, where it is the main cause of death and a major threat to children.

    There is currently no effective vaccine against the disease.

    A malaria vaccine has eluded scientists not least because the parasite which carries the disease evolves rapidly and can become resistant to drugs.

    To mark World Malaria Day,Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi reports from Siaya in western Kenya, part of Africa's so-called malaria belt, where doctors are conducting trials for a vaccine that promises to eradicate the disease once and for all.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.