Book Review: Malaria, Poems

“Malaria pivots / on the silver / point of poverty” Cameron Conaway writes in his new poetry collection Malaria, Poems. Rarely do the worlds of Read More


Studies Examine Detrimental Effects Of Substandard, Counterfeit Malaria Drugs

Reuters: Substandard drugs, not fakes, undermine fight against malaria “Poor quality drugs, not fake medicines, are the real threat in fight against malaria, causing deaths and increasing the risk of drug resistance, researchers said on Monday…” (Mis, 4/20). VOA News: Fake, Substandard Medicines Pose Global Challenge “Poor-quality medicines — including counterfeits and those with the…More


Friday Think: this $20 device could save a mother’s life

A lifesaver that replicates a traffic light A new technology has been given a green light in England. And a red and yellow light as well. It’s a device that could deliver lifesaving impact to thousands of women during childbirth. … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: what Disney World and systems strengthening have in commonTask-shifting: an effective way to protect expecting mothers from malariaFriday Think: a “clinic on wheels” packs a punch at poverty ;


Verifying Malaria Medicines on Your Mobile

On their website Sproxil says that, “Sproxil actively supports Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in the fight against counterfeiting by pioneering Nigeria’s first Mobile Authentication Service.” They note further that … “On February 2, 2010, NAFDAC launched the NAFDAC MAS, putting the power of product verification right in the hands of the consumer. MAS is powered by Sproxil’s award-winning cloud-based Mobile Product Authentication™ technology, and remains the world’s largest nation-wide implementation of consumer-facing SMS anti-counterfeiting technology in the world.” Below are two malaria medicine packets recently purchased. After scratching the small label (see it circled, we got the SMS messages as posted.  The NAFDAC registration number alone is not enough to ascertain the validity. This is a smart procedure, even without a smart phone. Of course one still needs to read the expiry dates

Identification of sibling species status of Anopheles culicifacies breeding in polluted water…

Background: Anopheles culicifacies s.l., the major vector of malaria in Sri Lanka, is known to breed in clean and clear water.

Nowhere to hide: interrogating different metabolic parameters of Plasmodium falciparum…

Background: The discovery of malaria transmission-blocking compounds is seen as key to malaria elimination strategies and gametocyte-screening platforms are critical filters to identify active molecules.

Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination

A recent study in PLOS Pathogens investigates how Epstein-Barr virus and malaria co-infection may create a lethal combination if the timing is right. Epstein-Barr virus and malaria are two infections that can each be controlled on their own, but a new study in … Continue reading » The post Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

Despite Global Successes In Malaria Eradication Efforts, Challenges To Prevention, Treatment…

The Guardian: Malaria: can we eradicate one of the world’s deadliest diseases? “…[I]n recent years genuine progress has been made in pushing back against this disease, with an estimated 4.3 million lives saved from malaria since 2001, thanks to a colossal global push. … So how can this be sustained? The places where the disease…More

WHO Governing Body Agrees To Global Malaria Strategy, Budget For 2016-17

WHO: World Health Assembly agrees Global Malaria Strategy and Program Budget 2016-17 “…The strategy aims to reduce the global disease burden by 40 percent by 2020, and by at least 90 percent by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 new countries by 2030. Between 2000 and 2013, the global malaria…More

Coverage, use and maintenance of bed nets and related influence factors in Kachin Special…

Background: Myanmar is one of the 31 highest burden malaria countries worldwide.

Disease Eradication Efforts Must Continue In Earnest, Be Fully Supported Until Completion

Bloomberg Business: How the World Is Wiping Out Killer Diseases Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…These eradication efforts [for Guinea worm, polio, malaria, and other diseases] represent genuine and largely unheralded breakthroughs, not just for Africa but for the planet as a whole. At the same time, these gains are…More

Costs and cost-effectiveness of a large-scale mass testing and treatment intervention for…

Background: A cluster, randomized, control trial of three dry-season rounds of a mass testing and treatment intervention (MTAT) using rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and artemether-lumefantrine (AL) was conducted in four districts in Southern Province, Zambia.

Book Review: Malaria, Poems

“Malaria pivots / on the silver / point of poverty” Cameron Conaway writes in his new poetry collection Malaria, Poems. Rarely do the worlds of Read More

When a discriminating dose assay is not enough: measuring the intensity of insecticide…

Background: Guidelines from the World Health Organization for monitoring insecticide resistance in disease vectors recommend exposing insects to a predetermined discriminating dose of insecticide and recording the percentage mortality in the population.

Molecular markers of anti-malarial drug resistance in southwest Ethiopia over time: regional…

Background: Drug resistance is one of the main reasons of anti-malarial treatment failures and impedes malaria containment strategies.

Global call to action: maximize the public health impact of intermittent preventive treatment…

Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy is a highly cost-effective intervention which significantly improves maternal and birth outcomes among mothers and their newborns who live in areas of moderate to high malaria transmission.

Global Call to Action to scale-up coverage of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in…

In 2014, a global ‘Call to Action’ seminar for the scale-up of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy was held during the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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