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Department of Biosciences

The fight against malaria


Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria – a disease which is preventable and curable. More than 440,000 people die from malaria each year with 70% of these deaths in children under 5 years.

World-leading malaria expert, Professor Steve Lindsay, has been working with fellow researchers at Durham University and across the world for the last 30 years to find ways to prevent and treat the disease and control the spread.


 
 
 
 
Meet Freya, a Springer Spaniel, who has been trained to sniff out the scent of malaria.

Freya’s highly sensitive nose could help provide the first non-invasive test for malaria.

Sniffer dogs could potentially be deployed at ports of entry to identify passengers carrying malaria to prevent the spread of the disease across borders and to ensure people receive timely antimalarial treatment.

Read the full story here.

 

 

Testing new bed nets

 
 
 
 
The bed net you can see in this picture could prevent millions of cases of malaria.

It is different from the conventional mosquito nets currently used as it has a different combination of chemicals in it.

Research has shown that the new nets killed more mosquitoes and reduced the number of malaria cases compared to the conventional nets.

Read the full story here.

 


Watch our video
How dogs can be trained to sniff out malaria

How dogs can be trained to sniff out malaria

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Watch how Springer Spaniel, Freya, uses her super-sensitive nose to spot the scent of malaria.