“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


USAID To Strengthen Investigation Into Possible Illicit Activities Relating To U.S.-Funded…

Channels Television: U.S. To Investigate Funding Of Anti-Malaria Initiatives In Nigeria “The U.S. government says it is setting up a framework within Nigeria to help curb the proliferation of fake and adulterated antimalarial drugs. To this end, the United States government has launched a campaign against the theft and counterfeiting of antimalarial drugs donated by…More

U.S. Government, Global Fund Support Distribution Of Nearly 2M Insecticidal Nets In Zimbabwe

VOA News: U.S. Govt, Global Fund Distribute 2 Million Malaria Prevention Nets “The United States government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) supported distribution of 1,785,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to Zimbabwean communities at risk for malaria in August and September of this year…” (Dube, 10/18).

Factors associated with the severity and complication of patients with malaria hospitalized…

Malaria worldwide annual reported cases range between 250 and 500 million and nearly half a million deaths are reported every year.

Geographical patterns of malaria transmission based on serological markers for falciparum and…

Malaria transmission is highly heterogeneous, especially in low endemic countries, such as Cambodia.

Assessing temporal associations between environmental factors and malaria morbidity at varying…

Environmental factors play a major role in transmission of malaria given their relationship to both the development and survival of the mosquito and parasite.

Facilitating factors and barriers to malaria research utilization for policy development in…

Research on various determinants of health is key in providing evidence for policy development, thereby leading to successful interventions.

Malaria Day in The Americas Forum

In commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas 2016 The Pan American Health Organization, The UN Foundation, The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, and Center for Communication Programs at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Cordially invite you to attend the “End Malaria for Good” Forum Featuring videos, presentations and discussions on The work of the ‘Malaria Champions of the Americas 2016’ WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2016, TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Room B, PAHO Headquarters, 525 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC—20037 RSVP: Please fill out the form at Light refreshments will be served


This started out as a longer essay. Maybe a short book. Now it’s just some random notes. Maybe I’ll finish this book and publish it. Until then, this post

What’s all the buzzzzzzzzzz with Mosquitoes?

The Zika virus is taking the world by storm lately. Miami, Florida is in the spotlight for being a literal hotbed of daily cases of new infections, with other Southern states reporting rapid growth of risk areas. Despite their efforts to thwart this pernicious insect, we’re seeing it spread much more quickly than anyone imagined. But is Zika the only bite that matters? Can mosquitoes transmit other vector-borne illnesses just as dangerous?

Bill Gates Calls Malaria Death Rate Reduction ‘A Miracle,’ Discusses Disease Elimination…

Business Insider: Bill Gates: we’re witnessing ‘one of the greatest success stories in the history of global health’ “…In the past 15 years, the rate of malaria deaths has dropped 57 percent, according to a Bill & Melinda Gates-backed study published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2000, malaria was responsible for…More

Therapeutic efficacy of artemether–lumefantrine for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium…

Anti-malarial drug resistance continues to be a leading threat to malaria control efforts and calls for continued monitoring of waning efficacy of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT).

Malaria, Lymphatic Filariasis and Insecticide-treated Nets

? Throughout Africa one of the main vectors that carry Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is the Anopheles mosquito, which also carries the malaria parasite. The Carter Center has been promoting use of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) for many years as part of its LF control efforts, but others may not have gotten the message. The global community is targeting LF for elimination in 2020. The primary strategy is mass drug administration annually with ivermectin and albendazole. The plan is that up to seven annual rounds of drug distribution in endemic communities where 90% of population coverage is achieved is necessary to stop LF transmission

Used To Treat Onchocerciasis, Ivermectin Could Play Role In Malaria Control, Elimination

Tropical Health Matters: Malaria, Onchocerciasis, and Ivermectin — Possibility of Eliminating Two Diseases Bill Brieger, professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the potential synergies of using ivermectin to treat onchocerciasis and prevent malaria. “Because of the need to find new and complementary tools to eliminate malaria…More

Malaria, Onchocerciasis and Ivermectin – Possibility of Eliminating Two Diseases

Many tropical diseases are co-endemic in a given country and environment. Therefore, it only makes sense to learn whether there can be common strategies and synergies in disease control and elimination efforts. Onchocerciasis or River Blindness is carried by the black fly (simulium damnosum) that breeds along the banks of fast flowing rivers and malaria are examples. Onchocerciasis was eliminated in many settings in the Sahel through the process or aerial spraying of these riverbanks to kill the black fly larvae. Though the insecticide used was often the same as used for malaria larviciding, the habitats differed and no synergies were achieved then

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