09.09.2013

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Announcements / Press Releases

RBM at Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa [RBM, WHO/AFRO] — (English)
On the occasion of the 63rd session of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), RBM Board Chair Victor Makwenge convened African Ministers of Health to review the 'Geneva Declaration on Strengthening Malaria Surveillance Systems' that 42 African governments adopted in May 2013. Country representatives from Mozambique, Malawi, Gabon, Congo and the Central African Republic used this opportunity to present their respective strategic plans for malaria control. RBM Board Members and WHO/AFRO also discussed the preparation of the upcoming 25th RBM Board meeting that will take place in Cote d'Ivoire in November this year...

Chad: Alarming increase in malaria, MSF launches response [MSF] — (English)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched an emergency intervention in southeast Chad to respond to an alarming escalation in malaria cases...

Nordic Countries Pledge $750 Million to the Global Fund [The Global Fund] — (English)
The announcement was made in Stockholm on 4 September in a joint statement by Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and the United States, and coincided with meetings by their leaders with President Barack Obama, hosted by Sweden...

Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to convene for fourth meeting [WHO/GMP] — (English)
The fourth meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11-13 September. The MPAC will review evidence on intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) and will discuss the findings of new expert reports on vector control interventions, drug resistance and containment, malaria burden estimation and other themes...

French Media Consultancy 2013/2014 [RBM] — (English)
Application deadline extended: 16 September 2013...

Medical Director (specialized in clinical pharmacology) [MMV] — (English)
Application deadline extended: 30 September 2013...

Consultancy positions under RETA 6321: Fighting HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Communicable Diseases in Asia and the Pacific [APLMA] — (English)
Application deadline: 11 September 2013...
APLMA Regional Executive Secretary
APLMA Regional Deputy Executive Secretary
APLMA Team Leader for Taskforce on Access to Quality Medicines and Other Technologies for Malaria in the Asia-Pacific
APLMA Team Leader for Task Force on Regional Financing
APLMA Team Leader for Champions’ Group
APLMA Administration and Finance Manager
APLMA Health Specialist
APLMA Knowledge Management Officer

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Effect of Iron Fortification on Malaria Incidence in Infants and Young Children in Ghana [JAMA. 2013;310(9):938-947. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277129] — (English)
In 2006, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund released a joint statement that recommended limiting use of iron supplements (tablets or liquids) among children in malaria-endemic areas because of concern about increased malaria risk. As a result, anemia control programs were either not initiated or stopped in these areas...

Iron fortification and malaria risk in children [JAMA. 2013;310(9):914-915. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6771] — (English)
Iron deficiency, with its consequent effects on anemia, immune function, cognitive development, and physical capacity, is estimated to be one of the most prevalent nutritional problems worldwide...

Malaria prevention: civilisation versus disease [The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9895, Page 834] — (English)
In a recent systematic review and meta-analysis in The Lancet, the same group approached the issue from a different angle and assessed socioeconomic development to counter malaria, recalling that the disease was eliminated from several countries before malaria transmission had even been understood...

Factoring Quality Laboratory Diagnosis into the Malaria Control Agenda for Sub-Saharan Africa [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 vol. 89 no. 3 403-406] — (English)
A synthesis of the challenges faced in ensuring quality malaria testing and how to include this information in the malaria control and elimination agenda are presented...

Investigation of the In vitro Gender-Specific Partitioning of Mefloquine in Malarial Infected Red Blood Cells and Plasma [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 13-0328] — (English)
The investigation of gender-specific partitioning of the antimalarial drug mefloquine to cellular and fluid blood compartments was performed using blood collected from a female and male healthy subject that were infected with Plasmodium falciparum PCM2 clone and spiked with mefloquine (0.25, 1, and 5 μM)...

First report of detection and molecular confirmation of Plasmodium ovale from severe malaria cases in central India [Tropical Medicine & International Health, DOI: 10.1111/tmi.12184] — (English)
This finding has implications in malaria control and elimination as P. ovale causes relapses. This study highlights the need of molecular diagnosis of malaria species for appropriate treatment and control...

Sequestration and histopathology in Plasmodium chabaudi malaria are influenced by the immune response in an organ-specific manner [Cellular Microbiology, DOI: 10.1111/cmi.12212] — (English)
Here, we have carried out a systematic study of sequestration and histopathology during infection of C57Bl/6 mice with Plasmodium chabaudi AS and determined the influence of the immune response...

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic considerations in antimalarial dose optimizationhttp://aac.asm.org/content/early/2013/08/27/AAC.00287-13.abstract [AAC.00287-13] — (English)
Antimalarial drugs have usually been first deployed in endemic areas at doses which were too low, particularly for high risk groups such as young children and pregnant women. This may accelerate the emergence and spread of resistance, thereby shortening the useful life of the drug, but it is an inevitable consequence of the current imprecise method of dose-finding...

Estimating malaria transmission through mathematical models [Food Chem. 2014 Jan 1;142:114-20. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.07.052] — (English)
An analytical method based on high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) was developed to quantify the artemisinin content of foods prepared with Artemisia annua leaves. A fast and reliable analytical method is described...

In silico characterization and molecular dynamics simulation of Pfcyc-1, a cyclin homolog of Plasmodium falciparum [Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics] — (English)
Here, we present in silico characterization of tertiary structure of Pfcyc-1, a P. falciparum cyclin homolog, which enables identification of key structural elements that contribute to its tertiary structure and function...