Background: The opportunities for developing new drugs and vaccines for malaria control look brighter now than ten years ago.
As today is World Water Day it is time to reflect on the relationship between water and malaria. As USAID notes, “The impact of water on all aspects of development is undeniable: A safe drinking water supply, adequate sanitation and hygiene, management of water resources, and improvement of water productivity can help change the lives of millions.” The key to the relationship between water and malaria is the word safe. The breeding of the malaria carrying anopheles mosquito species certainly depends on unsafe collections of “clean” but unmoving sources water that could range from a village pond to a cow hoof print. During certain seasons these are ubiquitous. Seid Tiku Mereta and colleagues showed us recently that humans may be their own worst enemies when it comes to producing mosquito larval breeding sites. They found that Anopheline mosquito larvae showed a widespread distribution and especially occurred in small human-made aquatic habitats… In contrast, anopheline mosquito larvae were found to be less prominently present in permanent larval habitats.
Based on experience in Cameroon working with the Peace Corps’ Stomp Out Malaria initiative, I have come to appreciate the growing problem of insecticide resistance…
The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound” blog discusses a working paper assessing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s 10-year presence in China. Yanhzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, writes, “The Fund’s money has played a vital role in boosting resources to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria in China.…More
Background: Plasmodium vivax has the widest geographic distribution of the human malaria parasites and nearly 2.5 billion people live at risk of infection.
Background: Several species of Aspidosperma (Apocynaceae) are used as treatments for human diseases in the tropics.
Background: As anti-malarial drug resistance escalates, new safe and effective medications are necessary to prevent and treat malaria infections.
Background: Repositioning of existing drugs has been suggested as a fast track for developing new anti-malarial agents.
Media sources discuss the launch in West and Central Africa of the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bernama: African Countries Discuss New Funding Model To Fight Diseases “Twelve countries from the eastern and southern African regions met here over the past four days to discuss the new…More
Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).
Al Jazeera: Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health The news service posts new information in its “Lifelines” series, including pages focused on rabies, river blindness, trachoma, malaria, and schistosomiasis (4/10).