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“Access to information literally saves lives”: free access to UpToDate in LMICs

This week, Yannis Valtis joined us for a short conversation about a new paper he and colleagues recently published in BMJ Global Health. Their study Read More

Malaria burden and costs of intensified control in Bhutan, 2006–14: an…

The malaria burden in Bhutan decreased significantly during the study period with high coverage of long-lasting insecticidal nets. The foreseeable challenges that require national attention to maintain a malaria-free status after elimination are importation of malaria, especially from India; continued protection of the population in endemic districts through complete coverage with long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying; and exploration of local funding modalities post-elimination in the event of a reduction in international funding.

Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More

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A deep sequencing approach to estimate Plasmodium falciparum complexity of infection (COI) and…

Humans living in regions with high falciparum malaria transmission intensity harbour multi-strain infections comprised of several genetically distinct malaria haplotypes.


Thailand Works To Eliminate Malaria, Including Drug-Resistant Strains, By 2021

Reuters: Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global campaign “Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge guerrillas, Thailand’s border town of Bo Rai finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease. Malaria killed about 445,000 people last…More


When it just won’t go away: oral artemisinin monotherapy in Nigeria, threatening lives,…

Oral artemisinin monotherapy (AMT), an important contributor to multi-drug resistant malaria, has been banned in Nigeria.


Global Fund, Asian Development Bank Sign MoU To Help Countries Strengthen Health Systems In…

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund, ADB Sign MOU to Help Countries in Asia Strengthen Health Systems to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria “The Global Fund and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the financing, design, and implementation of country-led programs to fight HIV,…More


USAID Administrator Green Calls On Saudi Coalition To Open Access To Yemen’s Ports, Announces…

Al Jazeera: Dengue fever, malaria worsen Yemen humanitarian crisis “A senior U.N. official has called for parties involved in the war in Yemen to allow ‘sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access’ for the millions of Yemenis facing famine and battling disease. The situation is steadily deteriorating, with cases of malaria, dengue fever, and diphtheria starting to…More


Gender-, Social-Based Discrimination, Violence Must Be Addressed To Reduce HIV In Benin

HuffPost: Society Shouldn’t Be A Roadblock To My Right To Health Magalie Nelson, health adviser; Kate Waller, gender adviser; and Bernabe Yameogo, director, all of Plan International Canada’s Global Fund team “…As the civil society Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria HIV Grant in Benin, Plan International is committed…More


Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of artemisinin-based and…

There is no agreed standard method to assess the efficacy of anti-malarials for uncomplicated falciparum in pregnancy despite an increased risk of adverse outcomes for the mother and the fetus.


Malaria Efforts Need ‘Revision’ Of Approaches, More Funding To Achieve Global Goals By 2030

The Lancet: The global fight against malaria is at crossroads Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, and Abdisalan M. Noor, team leader for surveillance at the WHO Global Malaria Programme “…We must … recognize that globally we are not on track to meet the targets in WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria…More


Demand-related factors influencing caregivers’ awareness of malaria tests and health…

Despite the World Health Organization’s recommendation of malaria test-treat strategy, which is the treatment of parasitological confirmed malaria cases with anti-malarials, presumptive diagnosis of malaria re…


Malaria Investments Critical To Ending Epidemic, Supporting Economic Growth

Friends of the Global Fight: Robust malaria investments see returns and keep progress from sliding backwards Katie Broendel, senior communications manager at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses findings from the latest World Malaria Report. Broendel also highlights a recent study released by the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at the University of California, San Francisco,…More


Prof Lateef A Salako, 1935-2017, Malaria Champion

Professor Lateef Akinola Salako was an accomplished leader in malaria and health research in Nigeria whose contributions to the University of Ibadan and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (among others) advanced the health of the nation, the region and the world. His scientific research and his over 140 scientific publications spanned five decades. His research not only added to knowledge but also served as a mentoring tool to junior colleagues. Some of his vast areas of interest in malaria ranged from malaria epidemiology, to testing the efficacy of malaria drugs to tackling the problem of malaria in pregnancy. He led a team from three research sites in Nigeria that documented care seeking for children with malaria the acceptability of pre-packaged malaria and pneumonia drugs for children that could be used for community case management.


Oral Cholera Vaccination in Emergencies: Experiences from Freetown, Republic of Sierra Leone

Dr Denis Marke, CH/EPI Program Manager at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health shared his experiences from a recent natural disaster at the WHO African Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group meeting in Johannesburg, 5-8 December 2017. Below find his observations. Heavy rains occurred in the early hours of 14th August 2017 that resulted in flash floods and mudslides that affected three communities (Sugar Loaf, Motomeh, and Kaningo) in the Western Area districts. The mudslides and flash floods blocked water ways and contaminated water sources in several low lying communities of Freetown, the capital city. Both mudslides and flooding destroyed houses, killing many people and displacing thousands of people.


U.S., Partners Investigate Illegal Sale Of Aid-Provided HIV, Malaria Testing Kits In Zambia

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Six Arrested in Zambia in Crackdown on Illegal Sale of Foreign Aid “Six people, including two pharmacy owners, have been arrested in Zambia and accused of the illegal sale of HIV and malaria testing kits as part of an international crackdown on profiteering from foreign aid, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The…More


Pilot Testing For Effectiveness Of RTS,S Malaria Vaccine To Begin In 2018 In Ghana, Kenya,…

The Economist: Saving the children “…The coming year will see the widespread testing of the first effective vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes the most deadly type of malaria. The vaccine, called RTS,S, will be given exclusively to children. It has been under development since 2001 by a collaboration between Glaxo SmithKline, a…More


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