03.06.2013

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RBM at TICAD V: "Malaria is a development issue" [RBM] — (English)
At a side event, cohosted by RBM, the Global Fund and other partners during the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré and the Global Fund's Dr Mark Dybul highlighted the role of malaria control in Africa’s social and economic development...

RBM extends collaboration with the Confederation of African Football on malaria [RBM press release] — (English)
At a FIFA Congress, held in Mauritius today, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) renewed its long-term commitment to the fight against malaria by signing an agreement, which designated the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign as one of the social causes for future football tournaments, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)...

RBM Independent External Evaluation (2009-2013) [RBM] — (English)
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Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly reviews progress on malaria [WHO] — (English)
During the Sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly (20-28 May 2013), delegates noted the Secretariat’s report on progress in implementation of resolution WHA64.17 and on global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. Member States stressed the importance of maintaining malaria as a priority in the post-2015 global health and development agenda, and expressed support for the development of a WHO global technical strategy on malaria control and elimination for 2016-2025...

Japan launches bold effort to fight neglected diseases [MMV press release] — (English)
The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public-private partnership that’s bringing Japanese research and development (R&D) to the global fight against infectious disease, will announce at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) a series of historic agreements to screen compound libraries at Japanese pharmaceutical companies and research institutes for new treatments for malaria, tuberculosis, and other afflictions that prey mainly on the poorest of the poor...

African leaders pledge to intensify efforts towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria [UNAIDS press release] — (English)
More than 12 African heads of state and other global leaders met today and reviewed progress toward implementing transformative reforms in the AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria responses and pledged to accelerate the pace of change (increase annual domestic funding for health care, particularly AIDS, TB and malaria services). AIDS Watch Africa (AWA), an advocacy platform for African Heads of State on AIDS, TB and Malaria convened the meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the side-lines of the African Union summit celebrating 50 years of African Unity...

New investments needed to advance progress on AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa [UNAIDS press release] — (English)
New report shows that strong partnership between African and G8 governments has delivered impressive results but gaps remain in efforts to improve health across the continent...

President's Malaria Initiative Increases Vigilance, Global Response To Combat Counterfeit Antimalarial Drugs [PMI Statement] — (English)
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is greatly concerned by the scourge of counterfeit and substandard drugs and is increasing its financial and programmatic support to technical and regulatory capacities in partner countries. PMI is also urging greater international cooperation on the issue...

2013 African Union Summit [AU] — (English)
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ICCM: Sharing what works - Symposium [Malaria Consortium] — (English)
On 30 May 2013, Malaria Consortium shared learning from a large scale integrated community case management programme in four African countries with a wide range of stakeholders. The day long event saw presentations and discussions on the programme's effectiveness and impact on the health of children under five, especially with respect to the main childhood illnesses: pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria...

Researchers unlock ‘marker’ for malaria [Oxford University] — (English)
A TEAM of Oxford scientists has taken a critical step towards developing a quick and accurate test for malaria. SDr Climent Casals-Pascual spent nearly five years in Africa before heading up the team at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Old Road, Headington....

Cambridge experts make advance in fight against malaria [Cambridge University] — (English)
Researchers from Cambridge claim to have made an important step in the development of vaccines against malaria. Experts from the Sanger Institute and the MRC National Institute for Medical Research have proven for the first time that the way in which malaria is transmitted to the host affects how severe the resulting infection will be...

UF helping develop insecticide to target malaria-carrying mosquitoes [UF News] — (English)
In malaria-ridden parts of Africa, mosquito netting protects people from being infected while they sleep; now, a University of Florida entomologist wants to improve the netting by coating it with insecticide toxic only to mosquitoes...

RFP 2013.08 Consultancy to develop a global demand forecast for malaria rapid diagnostic tests, artemisinin-based combination therapies and artemisinin [UNITAID] — (English)
UNITAID is seeking proposals from suitably qualified bidders to develop a quarterly global demand forecast for malaria rapid diagnostic tests, artemisinin-based combination therapies and artemisinin. Deadline for proposals: Thursday, 4 July 2013 at 17:00, Geneva time...

The new kff.org [KFF] — (English)
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Imported malaria [BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3214 (Published 30 May 2013)] — (English)
Malaria is an infection caused by protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. Five species infect humans (P falciparum, P vivax, P ovale, P malariae, and P knowlesi). Most of the fatal cases are caused by P falciparum...

Investigation and treatment of imported malaria in non-endemic countries [BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2900 (Published 21 May 2013)] — (English)
Resistance to antimalarial drugs used to treat falciparum malaria is widespread. Artesunate is the drug of choice for severe malaria, but if this is not available do not delay treatment with quinine...

Malaria: The vector as protector [Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12252] — (English)
Malaria infections are not always lethal. One reason for this may be that transmission from mosquitoes creates malaria parasites that trigger a more protective mammalian immune response...

orco mutant mosquitoes lose strong preference for humans and are not repelled by volatile DEET [Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12206] — (English)
We conclude that the odorant receptor pathway is crucial for an anthropophilic vector mosquito to discriminate human from non-human hosts and to be effectively repelled by volatile DEET...

Vector transmission regulates immune control of Plasmodium virulence [Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12231] — (English)
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Malaria gene allows infection [Nature Genetics 45, 591 (2013) doi:10.1038/ng.2662] — (English)
It was previously known that some strains of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum can evade the immune system of the mosquito vector Anopheles gambiae. A new study from Carolina Barillas-Mury and colleagues (Science doi:10.1126/science.1235264, 9 May 2013) identifies the first P. falciparum gene that enables the parasite to infect mosquitoes...

Genome sequencing sheds light on emerging drug resistance in malaria parasites [Nature Genetics 45, 589–590 (2013) doi:10.1038/ng.2648] — (English)
Plasmodium falciparum in Southeast Asia are gradually becoming resistant to artemesinin, a standard first-line treatment for malaria. Whole-genome sequencing offers a chance to better understand and perhaps undermine the parasite's evolutionary response to this drug...

Molecular Detection of Malaria at Delivery Reveals a High Frequency of Submicroscopic Infections and Associated Placental Damage in Pregnant Women from Northwest Colombia [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 12-0669] — (English)
These data prompt a re-examination of the local epidemiology of malaria using molecular diagnostics to establish the clinical relevance of submicroscopic infections during pregnancy as well as their consequences for mothers and newborns...

Haplotypes associated with resistance to sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine in Plasmodium falciparum in two malaria endemic locations in Colombia [Infection, Genetics and Evolution] — (English)
The objective of this study was to determine the haplotypes in dhfr and dhps genes of P. falciparum circulating in two distinct endemic zones...

Age-related effects on malaria parasite infection in wild chimpanzees [Biol. Lett. 23 August 2013 vol. 9 no. 4 20121160] — (English)
The data show a strong association between age and malaria parasite positivity, with significantly lower detection rates in adults. This suggests that, as in humans, individuals reaching adulthood have mounted an effective protective immunity against malaria parasites...

Optimization of a ligase detection reaction fluorescent microsphere assay for the characterization of resistance-mediating polymorphisms in African samples of Plasmodium falciparum [JCM.00904-13] — (English)
We have optimized and tested a multiplex ligase detection reaction fluorescent microsphere (LDR-FM) assay for the identification of important P. falciparum genetic polymorphisms...