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Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria More Widespread In Asia Than Previously Thought, Research Shows

News outlets discuss a study and commentary regarding the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Asia published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria parasite spreading “Parasites resistant to the frontline malaria drug have spread westward from southeast Asia to just short of the Indian border — a gateway to Africa, researchers warned Friday…”…More

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A Life of Service: Insight into the life of a community health worker

The health sector in Zambia faces major human resources challenges, with a shortage of health care workers at practically every service delivery level. For example, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended establishment, Zambia faces a shortage of 9,271 nurses (a vacancy rate of 55%), 2,538 clinical officers (a vacancy rate of 63%), and 1,464 doctors (a vacancy rate of 64%) as of January 2010. To compensate for this critical shortage, like many developing countries with human resource shortages in the health sector, Zambia has utilized community health workers (CHWs) to alleviate the workload of delivering primary health care services for the few trained health care workers within the health care system, especially for the provision of basic preventive, health care promotion and curative health services in underserved rural areas. But how does one become a community health worker? Do they receive any formal training

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Insecticide treated nets, a fishy subject

Not long ago I had written a blog posting suggesting that widespread misuse of ITNs/LLINs was probably not a major problem. To date the main official published information on the topic came from a community near Lake Victoria that had received an abundance of nets through uncoordinated donor activity and the excess was being used to dry fish on the shore. True, newspaper articles over the years have featured Ministry of Health officials in numerous countries berating their citizens not to use nets for fishing, agriculture and other non-disease control needs, but evidence had not been forthcoming in the numerous national demographic, health and malaria surveys over the years. There is also the acknowledged possibility that old nets are being repurposed since there are inadequate disposal mechanisms available. Such concerns are not idle.

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A critical review of traditional medicine and traditional healer use for malaria and among…

Background: Malaria is a leading health threat for low to middle-income countries and around 1.8 billion people in the Southeast Asian region and 870 million people in the Western Pacific region remain at risk of contracting malaria.


Frequency and correlates of malaria over-treatment in areas of differing malaria transmission:…

Background: In 2010, the World Health Organization shifted its malaria guidelines from recommending the empiric treatment of all febrile children to treating only those with laboratory-confirmed malaria.


PMI Sets Goal, Vision To Reduce Malaria Deaths, Morbidity Over Next 6 Years

U.S. White House’s “White House Blog”: Putting an End to a Preventable Scourge Gayle Smith, special assistant to the president and senior director for development and democracy for the National Security Staff, discusses the renewed President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) strategy, writing, “PMI’s goal over the next six years, as described in the plan released [Wednesday],…More


Obama Administration Extends President’s Malaria Initiative For 6 More Years

NPR: U.S. Steps Up Commitment To Fight Malaria “The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a six-year extension of a program to combat malaria around the globe…” (Beaubien, 2/26).


PMI Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Of Accelerating Progress Against Malaria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Celebrating PMI and a Decade Progress against Malaria David Brandling-Bennett, deputy director of the malaria program at the Gates Foundation’s infectious diseases division, discusses the success and progress of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary and launches its next five-year plan (2/25).


CDC Leads Consortium Aimed At Eliminating Malaria From Hispaniola By 2020

CDC Foundation: Consortium Aims to Eliminate Malaria on Hispaniola by 2020 Starting With $29.9 Million Grant to CDC Foundation “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is leading a consortium of malaria partners aiming to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020. Acceleration of malaria elimination efforts will…More


U.S. Commitment On Malaria Helping World Progress Down ‘Pathway Toward Elimination’

Huffington Post: The United States and Malaria: A Long History of Smart Investments That Benefit All Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership “…The U.S. has been a loyal and effective partner to malaria endemic countries around the world for over a decade, and a principal player in the Roll Back Malaria…More


Distribution of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes and malaria-attributable fraction of fever…

Background: Highland areas are hypoendemic zones of malaria and are therefore prone to epidemics, due to lack of protective immunity.


Submicroscopic and asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infections are…

Background: Malaria is a public health problem in parts of Thailand, where Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax are the main causes of infection.


Cytokine and chemokine profile of the innate and adaptive immune response of schistosoma…

Background: Helminths and malaria are among the most prevalent infectious diseases in the world.


More Concerted Global Effort Needed To Reduce Maternal, Newborn Mortality

Washington Post: In much of the world, the survival of newborns cannot be taken for granted Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…[T]he best way to strengthen a health system (as we’ve seen in vaccination campaigns and efforts to fight AIDS and malaria) is to pick and pursue an ambitious, achievable health goal. The reduction of maternal…More


DevPolicy Blog Features Interview With Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul

Development Policy Centre’s “DevPolicy Blog”: The future of the Global Fund Director of the Development Policy Centre Stephen Howes recently spoke to Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The blog features a condensed transcript of the interview and a podcast of the full conversation is available online…More


G6PD gene variants and its association with malaria in a Sri Lankan population

Background: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) is an enzyme that plays an important role in many cellular functions.


Modelling sterile insect technique to control the population of Anopheles gambiae

Background: There is a renewed effort to develop novel malaria control strategies as even well-implemented existing malaria control tools may fail to block transmission in some regions.


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