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Prevention or Cure, What’s the Best Approach to Malaria Control?

The Malaria Consortium and the Guardian are hosting a Q&A event about approaches to malaria control.  Is it better to focus on prevention or cure? Read More

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Ebola outbreak spreads to Senegal

September 2, 2014 Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with

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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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GHIT Fund Announces $15.3M Investment To Tackle Malaria, Chagas, Dengue

Global Health Innovative Technology Fund: Seven New Grant Investments for $15.3 Million to Tackle Malaria, Chagas Disease and Dengue, which is Dramatically on the Rise “The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against infectious diseases, today announced seven…More


Impairment of executive function in Kenyan children exposed to severe falciparum malaria with…

Background: Persistent neurocognitive impairments occur in a fifth of children hospitalized with severe falciparum malaria.


Cost-effectiveness of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine compared with artemether-lumefantrine for…

Background: Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DhP) is highly recommended for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria.


Prevention measures and socio-economic development result in a decrease in malaria in Hainan,…

Background: Historically, the incidence of malaria in the Hainan Province, China has been high.


Monitoring Plasmodium vivax chloroquine sensitivity along China-Myanmar border of Yunnan…

Background: Plasmodium vivax is the most widespread of the malaria parasites infecting human hosts.


Age-specific malaria seroprevalence rates: a cross-sectional analysis of malaria transmission…

Background: Malaria transmission continues to occur in Haiti, with 25,423 confirmed cases of Plasmodium falciparum and 161,236 suspected infections reported in 2012.


Increased malaria transmission around irrigation schemes in Ethiopia and the potential of canal…

Background: Irrigation schemes have been blamed for the increase in malaria in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.


Atovaquone and quinine anti-malarials inhibit ATP binding cassette transporter activity

Background: Therapeutic blood plasma concentrations of anti-malarial drugs are essential for successful treatment.


Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible

The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator “…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) Global Burden of Disease (GBD)…More


Delayed anemia assessment in patients treated with oral artemisinin derivatives for…

Background: In sub-Saharan Africa, artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and injectable artesunate are the first-line treatments for uncomplicated and severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria, respectively.


"When I sleep under the net, nothing bothers me; I sleep well and I’m happy":…

Background: Despite recent advances in the fight against the disease, malaria remains a serious threat to the health and well-being of populations in endemic countries.


UN General Assembly Resolves to Fight Malaria

GhanaWeb reported this morning that, “The United Nations General Assembly at its 68th Session, adopted Resolution A/68/L.60, “Consolidating Gains and Accelerating Efforts to Control and Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa, by 2015” by consensus.” Likewise the UN itself issued a press release confirming that in a final act the Assembly adopted this resolution in order to call for increased support for the implementation of international commitments and goals pertaining to the fight to eliminate malaria. GhanaWeb reiterated the UN’s message that, “with just less than 500 days until the 2015 deadline of the MDGs, the adoption of this resolution by the General Assembly reiterates the commitment of UN Member States to keep malaria high on the international development agenda.” The UN Press Release explained that, “The resolution urged malaria-endemic countries to work towards financial sustainability to increase national resources allocated to controlling that disease, while also working with the private sector to improve access to quality medical services.  Further, the resolution called upon Member States to establish or strengthen national policies, operational plans and research, with a view to achieving internationally agreed malaria targets for 2015.” This effort is consistent with moves two years ago in the 66th General Assembly when it called for “accelerated efforts to eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly Africa, by 2015, in consensus resolution” (document A/66/L.58) where the “Consolidating Gains …” document was first shared. The draft of the 2012  resolution, according to the UN Press release was sponsored by Liberia on behalf of the African Group, and called on Member States, particularly malaria-endemic countries, to strengthen national policies and operational plans, with a view to scaling up efforts to achieve internationally agreed malaria targets for 2015. The sad irony of Liberia’s current predicament wherein the Ebola epidemic is rendering it nearly impossible to provide malaria services should give us pause. According to Reuters, “Treatable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea are left untended because frightened Liberians are shunning medical centers, and these deaths could outstrip those from the Ebola virus by three or four fold.” The new resolution (A/68/L.60) in calling for increases national resources allocated to controlling that disease from public and private sources demonstrates the importance of national commitment to sustain and advance malaria control into the era of malaria elimination


Prevention or Cure, What’s the Best Approach to Malaria Control?

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The Malaria Consortium and the Guardian are hosting a Q&A event about approaches to malaria control.  Is it better to focus on prevention or cure? Read More


ABC Radio Interviews GAVI Vaccine Expert Helen Evans

ABC Radio: Why vaccinating the world’s children can end poverty “Australian public health expert Helen Evans has spent the last nine years in Geneva working with GAVI, and before that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” An audio file of correspondent Natasha Mitchell’s interview with Evans is available online (9/8).


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