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.
Background: Malaria is a vector-borne disease which, despite recent scaled-up efforts to achieve control in Africa, continues to pose a major threat to child survival.
In the last 15 years we’ve made remarkable progress battling malaria with new interventions, treated bednets, combination treatments, more sensitive diagnostic tools, and advanced disease-control strategies—all of which have helped save millions of lives. But now we have an opportunity to defeat this scourge once and for all. To get to the final mile, we […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories6 infographics: How the world is making malaria historyProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the fieldMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroes ;
In addition to mass distribution campaigns, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the continuous distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to all pregnant women attending antenatal care (…
Malaria is causing more than half of a million deaths and 214 million clinical cases annually.
by Raquel González, Esperança Sevene, George Jagoe, Laurence Slutsker, Clara Menéndez Raquel Gonzalez and colleagues highlight an urgent need to evaluate antimalarials that can be safely administered to HIV-infected pregnant women on antiretroviral treatment and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis.
How many people would readily infect themselves with malaria in the name of science? Eight brave volunteers in Seattle have, as part of an ongoing research project at the Malaria Clinical Trials Center (MCTC) that aims to discover a vaccine for the deadly disease. Fortunately, the participants of the study aren’t contagious. Malaria can only
The Hill: Malaria and other neglected diseases are the itch that must be scratched Ashley Birkett, director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) “…A new report from the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) highlights some … funding problems. The U.S. government’s investment in research and development (R&D) for neglected diseases like malaria, TB, and…More
Devex: Delivering the next generation of vaccines Cécile Vernant, head of E.U. advocacy for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung “…If we are serious about ending [malaria, HIV, TB, and other diseases of poverty] by 2030, then we will need new and innovative vaccines. … If we are to harness the latent potential in vaccine research, how are…More
Source: Environmental Impacts on Health The second edition of the WHO “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks” reveals that, in 2012, ~12.6 million people (nearly 1 in 4 people globally) died due to unhealthy environmental conditions in places where they live and work. Of the 12.6 million, about 8.2 million deaths could be attributed to non-communicable diseases, linked primarily to air pollution. A concomitant decrease in deaths due to infectious diseases such as diarrhea and malaria has been observed and is attributed to improved access to clean water and sanitation. The largest burden of mortality due to environmental risks is observed in South East Asia, Africa and Western Pacific regions. Environmental risks pose a serious threat to children and older adults.
In Cambodia, behaviour change communication (BCC) represents an integral component of malaria efforts aimed at fighting artemisinin resistant parasites and achieving elimination.
The approach of using transgenic rodent malaria parasites to assess the immune system’s response to antigenic targets from a human malaria parasite has been shown to be useful for preclinical evaluation of new…
Malaria intervention in Ethiopia has been strengthened significantly in the past decade.
In Uganda, over half of under-five child mortality is attributed to three infectious diseases: malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
The asexual intra-erythrocytic multiplication of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is regulated by various molecular mechanisms.
Thomson Reuters Foundation: With more cash, we can eliminate malaria within our lifetime: ex-WHO official “Malaria can be eliminated soon, but only with much more investment, both to get rid of the disease and to keep it at bay, a former senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. … ‘It’s very crucial that…More