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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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Characterizing, controlling and eliminating residual malaria transmission

Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) interventions can reduce malaria transmission by targeting mosquitoes when they feed upon sleeping humans and/or rest inside houses, livestock shelters or other man-made structures.


In vitro antiplasmodial activity of cepharanthine

Background: New classes of anti-malarial drugs are needed to control the alarming Plasmodium falciparum resistance toward current anti-malarial therapy.


Development and validation of climate and ecosystem-based early malaria epidemic prediction…

Background: Malaria epidemics remain a serious threat to human populations living in the highlands of East Africa where transmission is unstable and climate sensitive.


Malaria Consortium Works To Prevent Dengue’s Spread In Asia

The Guardian: Q&A: over two billion people at risk from dengue “…Malaria Consortium has been carrying out a number of projects in Asia to help reduce the burden of dengue. We spoke to Jeffrey Hii, the senior vector control specialist for Malaria Consortium in Asia, to find out more…” (8/20).


Blocking Malaria Transmission From Human To Mosquito With Vaccine Could Help Eliminate Disease

The Guardian: Humans give malaria to mosquitoes — we need a vaccine to stop this Ashley Birkett, director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative “On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to and from mosquitoes. But on…More


Do we really need a new drug or vaccine for Ebola?

I get particularly excited when I see Global Health issues being debated in mainstream magazines and newspapers, and since the outbreak of Ebola has captured global attention, there has been no shortage of such discussions. Perhaps that is why I am blogging again. Why, the mainstream media asks, can we not curb the spread of this deadly epidemic that is ravaging a few countries in West Africa? Sadly, however, I think there has been too much of reacting to Ebola as though Ebola was just any other global health problem: Ebola is about Poverty, Ebola is about Globalization, or Ebola is about Culture.


A malaria vaccine candidate based on an epitope of the Plasmodium falciparum RH5 protein

Background: The Plasmodium falciparum protein RH5 is an adhesin molecule essential for parasite invasion of erythrocytes.


Cost analysis of the development and implementation of a spatial decision support system for…

Background: The goal of malaria elimination faces numerous challenges.


A cluster-randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of using 15% DEET topical…

Background: Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) have limited effect on malaria transmitted outside of sleeping hours.


Tumour necrosis factor, interleukin-6 and interleukin-10 are possibly involved in Plasmodium…

Background: In Pakistan, Plasmodium vivax is endemic causing approximately 70% of the malaria cases.


"You need to take care of it like you take care of your soul": perceptions and…

Background: Net care and repair behaviours are essential for prolonging the durability of long-lasting insecticidal nets.


Estimates of adherence to treatment of vivax malaria

Background: The relation between therapeutic failure and non-adherence to treatment of malaria has been clearly established.


Weakened Health Systems Due to Ebola Could Lead To More Deaths From Other Diseases

The Independent: Ebola outbreak: Deaths from malaria and other diseases could soar while Africa’s over-stretched health care systems fight the virus, expert warns “The ‘collapse’ of health care systems in West Africa because of the Ebola outbreak could lead to thousands more people dying from malaria and other diseases, a leading expert has said, with…More


"We are supposed to take care of it": a qualitative examination of care and repair…

Background: The longevity of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) under field conditions has important implications for malaria vector control.


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