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Meet to focus on research in malaria

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Controlling it poses a great challenge to researchers, scientists and experts Twelve centres, operating in 10 States under a field-oriented project, have been working as testing grounds for new technologies and innovative approaches

NEW DELHI: India will host an international conference on malaria to mark 125 years of the discovery of its parasite.

To be organised by the Malaria Research Centre here from Friday, the three-day conference will deliberate on the newer aspects of research in malaria that continues to be a scourge. While eradication of malaria remains a big question, even controlling it poses a great challenge to researchers, scientists and experts, according to an official spokesperson of Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

The parasite has been developing immunity to drugs, and DDT and becoming more virulent.

It was on November 6, 1880 that Charles Alphonse Laveran discovered the malaria-causing parasite. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss will inaugurate the conference, to be organised in collaboration with the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme. Apart from foreign delegates, officials from the World Health Organisation will also participate in the meet.

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