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Journée mondiale de lutte contre le paludisme 2013 [RBM] — (English)
Chaque année à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le paludisme, les partenaires RBM s’unissent autour d’un thème commun. «Investir dans l'avenir : vaincre le paludisme » est le thème choisi pour ces trois prochaines années. Ce thème vise à mettre en exergue les efforts considérables (#thebigpush) qui seront nécessaires pour atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement 2015 et, par la suite, éliminer la maladie...

MDG Advocates: Seize the Next 1,000 Days of the Millennium Development Goals to Build a More Just World [UN Foundation News release] — (English)
To mark the 1,000-day milestone, a community of individuals, organizations, and institutions are coming together for a 1,000-minute digital rally to highlight the progress made toward the MDGs and further bolster action. More information can be found at momentum1000.org...

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets [OECD News release] — (English)
Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on development aid. There is also a noticeable shift in aid allocations away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. However, on the basis of the DAC Survey on Donors’ Forward Spending Plans, a moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013...

Global Fund, UNDP scale up focus on human rights, coordination in AIDS, TB and malaria responses [UNDP News release] — (English)
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently launched a New Funding Model aimed at increasing strategic investments, achieving greater impact and engaging implementers and partners more effectively in responding to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria...

Progress, puzzles in halting malaria [Harvard Public Affairs & Communications] — (English)
Hidden parasites pose challenge to eradication, speakers say...

Mission conjointe RBM/CARN au Sao Tome, 11-15 mars 2013 [RBM CARN] — (English)
By Prof Tona Lutete, Dr Mulenda Basimike, Dr Nilton Saraiva et Dr José Nkuni...

Twentieth MERG Meeting [RBM MERG] — (English)
Meeting report, see also background documents and meeting presentations...

8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health — (English)
Please visit the conference website to view the updated programme of an exciting event featuring leading experts on infectious diseases, reproductive and child health, NCDs, health systems, parasitology and global interaction and to submit your abstract.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 May 2013
Deadline for early registration: 1 June 2013
Deadline for registration of sponsors & exhibitors: 22 August 2013...


Bulletin de surveillance du paludisme au Sénégal [PNLP Senegal] — (English)
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Evaluation of the Affordable Medicines Facility—malaria [The Lancet, Volume 381, Issue 9872, Page 1095, 30 March 2013 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60756-4] — (English)
Although we acknowledge that classic randomised study designs for assessing the effectiveness of complex interventions are not always feasible, efforts have to be made to reduce the likelihood of bias by combining different methods and data sources.2 We are surprised that the evaluation of such a large-scale and important experiment—the pilot countries are home to a quarter of the world's malaria cases, and the cost of implementation to date is several hundred million US dollars—is based on a pre/post intervention design only, with no control countries...

Evaluation of the Affordable Medicines Facility—malaria — Authors' reply [The Lancet, Volume 381, Issue 9872, Pages 1095 - 1096, 30 March 2013 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60757-6] — (English)
Yesim Tozan and colleagues express concern over the pre/post study design used in the independent evaluation of the Affordable Medicines Facility—malaria (AMFm), and suggest that the use of comparator countries would have strengthened the evaluation. We agree that comparison areas can facilitate rigorous evaluation, and indeed considered this approach at an early stage. However, we ultimately decided not to adopt comparator countries for several reasons...

Placental Malaria in Colombia: Histopathologic Findings in Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum Infections [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 12-0363] — (English)
In this study, 179 placentas were studied by histologic analysis (112 with gestational malaria and 67 negative for malaria)...

Microsatellite Analysis of Malaria Parasites [Methods in Molecular Biology Volume 1006, 2013, pp 247-258] — (English)
Here, we provide optimized protocols for genotyping highly polymorphic microsatellites sampled from across the genomes of the human malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax that have been extensively used in research laboratories worldwide.

The Malaria Transition on the Arabian Peninsula: Progress toward a Malaria-Free Region between 1960-2010 [Advances in Parasitology Volume 82, 2013, Pages 205–251] — (English)
Here, we review the speed of elimination, approaches taken, define the shrinking map of risk since 1960 and discuss the threats posed to a malaria-free Arabian Peninsula using the archive material, case data and published works...

Malaria Diagnostics and Surveillance in the Post-Genomic Era [Public Health Genomics 2013;16:37-43 (DOI:10.1159/000345607)] — (English)
This review summarizes how genomic data have been used to develop new, species-specific molecular targets for better malaria diagnosis...

THE IMPORTANCE OF MOSQUITO BEHAVIOURAL ADAPTATIONS TO MALARIA CONTROL IN AFRICA [Evolution Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 1218–1230, April 2013] — (English)
We review emerging and historical data on behavioral resistance in response to LLINs and IRS...

REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION AND LOCAL ADAPTATION QUANTIFIED FOR A CHROMOSOME INVERSION IN A MALARIA MOSQUITO [Evolution Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 946–958, April 2013] — (English)
Here we provide the first estimates from any organism for the total amount of reproductive isolation associated with an inversion segregating in natural populations...

Haemolytic anaemia after oral artemether–lumefantrine treatment in a patient affected by severe imported falciparum malaria [Infection April 2013] — (English)
.In this paper, we describe the occurrence of haemolysis after oral artemether–lumefantrine treatment..

Impact of routine real-time PCR testing of imported malaria over four years of implementation in a clinical laboratory [doi: 10.1128/​JCM.00195-13] — (English)
Here we report our experience over a four-year period (2008-2012) with this new diagnostic algorithm...

Human Infections and Detection of Plasmodium knowlesi [Clin. Microbiol. Rev. April 2013 vol. 26 no. 2 165-184] — (English)
In this review on knowlesi malaria, we describe the early studies on P. knowlesi and focus on the epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical aspects, and treatment of knowlesi malaria...

Population genetics, sequence diversity and selection in the gene encoding the Plasmodium falciparum apical membrane antigen 1 in clinical isolates from the south-east of Iran [Infection, Genetics and Evolution] — (English)
In the present investigation, for the first time, the almost full length of the ama1 gene covering domain I (DI), DII and DIII was PCR amplified and sequenced in 21 P. falciparum isolates collected from the southeastern parts of Iran...

Impact of Home-Based Management of malaria combined with other community-based interventions: what do we learn from Rwanda? [PAMJ doi:10.11604/pamj.2013.14.50.2096] — (English)
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of home-based management of malaria (HBM) strategy on time to treatment and reported presumed malaria morbidity in children aged less than 5 years in Rwanda...

Anthracene-polyamine conjugates inhibit in vitro proliferation of intraerythrocytic Plasmodium falciparum parasites [doi: 10.1128/​AAC.00106-13] — (English)
Anthracene-polyamine conjugates inhibit the in vitro proliferation of the intraerythrocytic human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, with IC50 values in the nM-μM range. The compounds are taken up into the intraerythrocytic parasite where they arrest the parasite cell-cycle. Both the anthracene and polyamine components of the conjugates play a role in their antiplasmodial effect...

Specific phosphorylation of the PfRh2b invasion ligand of Plasmodium falciparum [Biochem. J. (2013) doi:10.1042/BJ20121694] — (English)
We provide several lines of evidence that this phosphorylation is mediated by Plasmodium casein kinase 2 (CK2): phosphorylation is cAMP independent, utilizes ATP as well as GTP as phosphate donors, is inhibited by heparin and tetrabromocinnamic acid, and is mediated by purified PfCK2...