Each week The Pulse showcases topical stories from around the world and from laboratories working on new cures, vaccines and treatments.


Malaria

The Pulse investigates a less obvious
route to Malaria treatment

Despite millions of dollars of research there is no vaccine available against one of the world's biggest killer diseases – Malaria. The parasite has proved too complex for scientists.

The Pulse visits a clinical trial in Tanzania, which is showing unusual promise.

We talk to Steven Hoffman, the CEO of Sanaria, who are developing their own methods of fighting the disease, and to Dr Salim Abdulla about the merits of these differing approaches.

The Chinese herb Artemesinin is curing thousands of Malaria patients in Africa. The Chinese have known about it for decades, but the US government has tried to block its distribution.

The Pulse investigates this less obvious route to Malaria treatment.

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Episode 6 of The Pulse airs from Monday December 3, 2007


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