New malaria treatment expected to cut mortality rates

A new treatment for complex malaria that is expected to significant cut the mortality rate of the illness is being developed in Bangladesh.

Researchers from the University of Vienna, led by Harald Noedl from the Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, are working on the new approach and conducting their first pilot study at MedUni Vienna’s Bangladesh facilities, according to

"Malaria is a treatable disease", Noedl said, reports. "But we urgently need new approaches to treatment, and we need to make these treatments accessible to patients too."

The new treatment consists of a defined intravenous combination of several malaria medicines and a broad-spectrum antibiotic. The antibiotic is included because bacterial infections often accompany malaria and are also often misdiagnosed as such.

"Another advantage of this combination is its excellent tolerance factor, especially among children", Paul Swoboda, who has been working with malaria in Bangladesh since 2007, said, according to

If the pilot study is successful, the team plans to conduct wider studies in Africa and Asia. Preparations for these have already begun.

"If the concept works, and we manage to make the new combination treatment available to people, especially in Africa, over the next few years, then we could possibly save the lives of tens of thousands of children every year,” Noedl said, according to