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Climate Change is a Huge Barrier to Health Equity

As you read this, tens of thousands in the foothills of Mt. Rwenzori have lost their loved ones in the last two years, and their community hospital has been totally destroyed by devastating floods. Other millions are displaced from their homes in the Balkans and a quarter of Bosnia went without clean water all at once, according to BBC World News on May 19, 2014. The cause of all of this is the damaging weather changes.

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New data, editorials and podcasts on Malaria @NEJM

The July 31st issue of the New England Journal has several new pieces on Malaria – ranging from original articles on “Artemisinin Resistance in P. falciparum” Read More

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BRICS announce plans to launch new development bank

July 10, 2014 Leaders of the BRICS nations will launch their long-awaited development bank at a summit next week and decide whether the headquarters should be in Shanghai or New Delhi, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday. From Reuters: The creation by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa of a $100 billion […]The post The Daily Impact: BRICS announce plans to launch new development bank appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.

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A novel approach for the discovery of chemically diverse anti-malarial compounds targeting the…

Background: Malaria is a devastating parasitic disease, causing more than 600,000 deaths annually.


Comparing two approaches for estimating the causal effect of behaviour-change communication…

Over the past decade, efforts to increase the use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) have relied primarily on the routine distribution of bed nets to pregnant women attending antenatal services or on the mass distribution of bed nets to households.


Recent progress in the development of anti-malarial quinolones

Available anti-malarial tools have over the ten-year period, 2002 to 2012, dramatically reduced the number of fatalities attributed to malaria, from one million to less than six-hundred and thirty thousand.


Severe Plasmodium falciparum infection mimicking acute myocardial infarction

This case report describes a case of presumed acute myocardial infarction in a returned traveler who was later diagnosed to have severe malaria.


Effects of the kdr resistance mutation on the susceptibility of wild Anopheles gambiae…

Background: In the context of generalization of insecticide resistance, the hypothesis that insecticide resistance has a positive impact on the capacity of mosquitoes to transmit malaria constitutes a hindrance for malaria elimination.


Congress Should Investigate High Turnover Rate Of Global Fund IG Position

Huffington Post: Who’s Next as the Top Cop at the Global Fund? Bea Edwards, executive and international director of the Government Accountability Project “Just recently, Martin O’Malley, the third Inspector General in three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced he would step down in December, cutting short a six-year…More


Comparative assessment of diverse strategies for malaria vector population control based on…

Background: Eliminating malaria requires vector control interventions that dramatically reduce adult mosquito population densities and survival rates.


Finding connections in the unexpected detection of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum…

A recent paper in Malaria Journal reported the observation of unexpected prevalence rates of healthy individuals carrying Plasmodium falciparum (5.14%) or Plasmodium vivax (2.26%) DNA among blood donors from the main transfusion centre in the metropolitan Sao Paulo, a non-endemic area for malaria.


Unexpected detection of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum DNA in asymptomatic blood…

A study searching for Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum DNA among blood donors from the non-endemic area in Brazil reported a rate of 7.41%.


Documenting SBCC’s Important Role in Malaria Case Management

Written by: Mike Toso, JHU/CCP Program Officer on August 27, 2014. Reposted from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative, a USAID Program. Are there examples of effective social and behavior change communication (SBCC) for malaria case management that can be shared with other countries looking to improve their programming? After examining research, policy documents and program evaluations from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia to determine whether effective SBCC activities have been used to improve malaria case management, I haven’t come across many strong examples.


Malarious Occupations

Often the focus of malaria case management and malaria prevention is on children under five years of age and pregnant women. Adults generally can be at higher risk for getting malaria because of their occupations, as was seen in two recent publications. The Asian Scientist reporting on Bangladesh explained that “Slash-and-burn farmers … are exposed to a higher risk of malaria infection.”  The report notes that not only are woodcutters and jhum (slash-and-burn) cultivators at increased risk of being infected by malaria and but they are also endangering their families. The researchers at the Centre for Vaccine Sciences and the Centre for Population, Urbanisation and Climate Change of the icddr,b, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Baltimore, reported that “jhum cultivators and people living with them had 1.6 times higher odds of being infected with malaria than non-jhum cultivators.” The study also appeared in the American Journal of tropical Medicine and Hygiene where the authors observed that “Possible mechanisms cited in the study for the observed higher malaria incidence among jhum cultivators include increased exposure to mosquitoes, sleeping away from home unprotected by bed nets and lack of access to health services.” Wild cat Gold mining in Burkina Faso also exposes miners to malaria. Gold mining is another ‘vulnerable occupation, according to a study in Venezuela.


Progress Made On MDG 6, But Challenges Remain

Health Affairs Blog: Partnership And Progress On The Path To Achieving Millennium Development Goal 6 Deb Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Peter Yeo, vice president of public policy and advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, examine progress to date on MDG 6 — combating HIV/AIDS, malaria,…More


Variation in malariometric and red cell indices in children in the Mount Cameroon region…

Background: Following enhanced malaria control measures, such as nationwide free distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITN) by the government of Cameroon, its impact on malariometric and red cell indices in children <=14 years in Muea, in the Mount Cameroon area was evaluated.


Plasmodium falciparum malaria and invasive bacterial co-infection in young African children:…

Children with recent or acute malaria episodes are at increased risk of invasive bacterial infections (IBI).


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