Malaria is one of the deadly diseases that has been wrecking havoc in the world especially the developing countries for decades now.

A break through in Malaria research has been made by the University of Pretoria after a new potent chemical compounds that have potential to treat and eliminate the disease were discovered.

On Monday the University announced that Professor Lyn-Marle Birkholtz in biochemistry and South African research chairperson in Malaria control was part of the international team that published this discovery.

In most countries including South Africa, the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum occurs and these parasites are transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes.

With this new discovery they will be able to identify compounds that are able to kill several stages of the malaria-causing parasite and block the transmission of the parasite between humans and mosquitoes.