17.06.2013

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Announcements / Press Releases

Ministers sign the Declaration of Nouakchott to accelerate malaria fight in six neighboring countries [RBM] — (English)
Six Ministers of Health have signed the Declaration of Nouakchott, agreed at a high-level meeting held in May in the presence of Dr Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director Deputy of the WHO African Region. The Ministers of Health of the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad commited to accelerating efforts to combat malaria. The declaration calls on RBM to provide advocacy and strategic support to this initiative, urges WHO to provide strategic and technical guidance, and asks sub-regional organisations and Regional Economic Communities to help increase funding for health, as well as further explore opportunities for South-South cooperation

Secretary-General, in Message to Roll Back Malaria Meeting, Expresses Concern over Funding Gap Threatening Progress ‘Across the Board’ [UN News Centre] — (English)
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Hervé Verhoosel, Roll Back Malaria Partnership representative in New York and Head of External Relations, to the Roll Back Malaria meeting on “Positioning malaria in the global development agenda: 2015 and beyond”, in New York on 10 June...

6th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference [MIM] — (English)
The conference will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in scenic Durban from the 6th to 11th October 2013. As Durban is a popular tourist destination there is ample accommodation particularly along Durban’s newly re-vamped beachfront area, which is in close proximity to the ICC. We look forward to welcoming you to the 6th MIM conference and Durban!...

Southern Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (SARN) [SARN] — (English)
Minutes of the SARN Coordination Committee Meeting Held by Teleconference on 15.01.2013, Minutes of the SARN Steering Committee Meeting Held by Teleconference on 27.07.2012, Report of Malaria Program Managers Constituency Meeting held on 4-5 March 2013 in Gaborone, BOTSWANA...

EARN 14th General Assembly Meeting 2013 [EARN] — (English)
New dates> 18th – 22nd August 2013, Khartoum, Sudan. View the Announcement...

How malaria control can strengthen the health system [Malaria Consortium Blog] — (English)
Leila Noisette, Malaria Consortium’s Advocacy Officer in Uganda, interviews Dr John Baptist Waniaye, District Health Officer in Mbale, Eastern Uganda, on how support for malaria control in the region, through Malaria Consortium’s Mbale Malaria Control Project – funded by Comic Relief – is benefitting the health system as a whole and how to sustain these benefits...

Better Health, Better Human Rights [The Global Fund] — (English)
Blog by Mark Dybul...

Global Fund News Flash: Issue 20 [The Global Fund] — (English)
Advancing Human Rights, Of Adversity and Hope, in Tanzania, From the Frontlines: Ethiopia...

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EPCR unlocks severe malaria [Nature Reviews Microbiology 11, 433 (2013) doi:10.1038/nrmicro3055] — (English)
Sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes in the microvasculature is key to the pathogenesis of severe malaria and involves interactions between P. falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) and receptors on the endothelial lining. Now, Turner et al. identify endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) as the specific receptor for PfEMP1 variants...

Thrombocytopenia: important in diagnosing imported malaria [BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3720] — (English)
As the world has become increasingly connected through the unprecedented movement of people and goods between and within continents, the spread of infectious diseases has also increased. Whitty and colleagues’ clinical review on the investigation and treatment of imported malaria in non-endemic countries is therefore timely....

Ahead of the curve: next generation estimators of drug resistance in malaria infections [Trends in Parasitology, 10.1016/j.pt.2013.05.004] — (English)
Drug resistance is a major obstacle to controlling infectious diseases. A key challenge is detecting the early signs of drug resistance when little is known about its genetic basis. Focusing on malaria parasites, we propose a way to do this. Newly developing or low level resistance at low frequency in patients can be detected through a phenotypic signature: individual parasite variants clearing more slowly following drug treatment. Harnessing the abundance and resolution of deep sequencing data, our ‘selection differential’ approach addresses some limitations of extant methods of resistance detection, should allow for the earliest detection of resistance in malaria or other multi-clone infections, and has the power to uncover the true scale of the drug resistance problem...

Importance of Adequate Local Spatiotemporal Transmission Measures in Malaria Cohort Studies: Application to the Relation Between Placental Malaria and First Malaria Infection in Infants [Am. J. Epidemiol. (2013) doi: 10.1093/aje/kws452] — (English)
According to several studies, infants whose mothers had a malaria-infected placenta (MIP) at delivery are at increased risk of a first malaria infection...

The silent threat: asymptomatic parasitemia and malaria transmission [Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy June 2013, Vol. 11, No. 6, Pages 623-639 , DOI 10.1586/eri.13.45] — (English)
This article reviews the evidence that asymptomatic malaria infection plays an important role in malaria transmission and that interventions to target this parasite reservoir may be needed to achieve malaria elimination in both low- and high-transmission areas...