11.11.2013

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Announcements / Press Releases

WARN Annual planning and review meeting [RBM] — (English)
NMCPs of sixteen West African countries have gathered in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to assess their national roadmaps for malaria control. Joined by stakeholders from the private sector and academia, as well as principal recipients, participants appraised the implementation status of PMI and Global Fund grants and prepared for the New Funding Model. The 2013 annual peer review of WARN countries featured an analysis by the Republic of Benin which presented its experience in applying the RBM Roadmap Tracking Tool to detect bottlenecks at an early stage...

Roll Back Malaria Partnership - Development of a Second Generation GMAP [RBM] — (English)
RBM Partnership is seeking proposals from suitably qualified organisations and consortiums to under work in developing the next generation of the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). Proposals must be received no later than Monday 25 November 2013, 12:00 hours, Geneva time to be considered...

Global Fund Board Predicts Strong Replenishment [The Global Fund] — (English)
The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria concluded its 30th meeting today with a firm endorsement of efforts leading to the Fourth Voluntary Replenishment Conference to be hosted by the United States Government in Washington D.C. on 2-3 December 2013...

Breakthrough on Procurement to Save $140 Million [The Global Fund] — (English)
In a ground-breaking approach to procuring tools to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the Global Fund and partners have established a new framework to systematically organize the purchase of massive amounts of mosquito nets, anti-HIV drugs and other products that will improve delivery and make significant savings...

Malaria Day 2013 in the Americas [PAHO] — (English)
The seventh Annual Forum to commemorate Malaria Day in the Americas will be organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and George Washington University (CGH) on November 6 in Washington DC. The meeting will gather health authorities and experts, academics, and the general public to raise awareness about recent progress made in combating the disease on the American continent. Of the 21 malaria-endemic countries in the region, 13 have achieved a reduction in malaria incidence rates of more than 75% between 2000 and 2011. Another 3 countries are on track to achieve a reduction of 75% by 2015...

SADC strives for zero malaria deaths [SAGNA] — (English)
Health Ministers from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will commemorate this year's SADC Malaria Day by declaring their renewed commitment to act against malaria towards zero malaria deaths by 2015...

DNDi Newsletter, November 2013 [DNDi] — (English)
MoU signed between DNDi, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), and the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC) to foster knowledge sharing on open source drug discovery...

Grants help prevent malaria in South Sudan [Imagine No Malaria] — (English)
Thanks to two first-time grants, vulnerable people in malaria endemic South Sudan will get the training and medicine needed to prevent deaths from malaria. Imagine No Malaria recently awarded a grant for nearly $50,000 to the South Sudan District of UMC Health Board, as well as a $325,059 grant to the UMCOR Field Office in South Sudan. These two programs in South Sudan are working together in a successful effort to fight malaria. These grants open the door for the UMCOR Field office and health board to apply for larger external grants from other global entities...

Consultancy positions under RETA 8485: Fighting HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Communicable Diseases in Asia and the Pacific [APLMA] — (English)
Application deadline extended: 29 November 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

University of Oxford - Department of Zoology: Senior Postdoctoral Modeller [University of Oxford] — (English)
Application Deadline: 29 November 2013 ...

RBM Partnership: Deputy Executive Director [RBM] — (English)
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract: 2 years
Application Deadline: 13 November 2013 ...


RBM Partnership: Secretariat Focal Point for GMAP II [RBM] — (English)
Grade: P 4 level equivalent
Contract type: Consultancy
Application Deadline: 22 November...


RBM Partnership: Development Economist [RBM] — (English)
Contract type: Consultancy
Application Deadline: 22 November...


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The Economic Case for Combating Malaria [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 vol. 89 no. 5 819-823] — (English)
Our report seeks to rectify this disjuncture by showing how attaining the funding needed to meet internationally agreed targets for malaria elimination would, on conservative assumptions, generate enormous economic improvements...

High-speed holographic microscopy of malaria parasites reveals ambidextrous flagellar waveforms [PNAS] — (English)
We introduce a unique flagellar model system: the male microgametes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei. These microorganisms are isolated swimming flagella, unencumbered by large structures such as a cell body (as in Chlamydomonas algae). We measure their 3D beating patterns using high-speed holographic microscopy and find a surprising diversity of waveforms...

Plasmodium-Specific Molecular Assays Produce Uninterpretable Results and Non-Plasmodium spp. Sequences in Field-Collected Anopheles Vectors [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 12-0581] — (English)
The Malaria Research and Reference Reagent Resource–recommended PLF/UNR/VIR polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect Plasmodium vivax in Anopheles spp. mosquitoes collected in South Korea...

Characterization of the Anopheles funestus group, including Anopheles funestus-like, from northern Malawi [Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2013) doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trt089] — (English)
Resistance to deltamethrin and bendiocarb was observed in An. funestus and further investigation is needed on the insecticide resistance mechanisms. Anopheles funestus-like, while collected indoors, is mainly zoophilic and most likely not a malaria vector...

Modelling the returns on options for improving malaria case management in Ethiopia [Health Policy Plan. (2013) doi: 10.1093/heapol/czt081] — (English)
The delivery through CHWs allows for a broader coverage of using RDT and RRT, but with limited effectiveness due to limited skills of CHWs in treating and managing patients...

Evaluation of polyethylene-based long lasting treated bed net netprotect on anopheles mosquitoes, malaria incidence, and net longivity in Western kenya [ournal of Tropical Medicine Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 563957] — (English)
We studied the effect on malaria incidence, mosquito abundance, net efficacy, net use rate, chemical analysis, and holes of a long lasting insecticide treated bed net (Netprotect) in western Kenya, 2007–2010...

Homology blocks of Plasmodium falciparum var genes and clinically distinct forms of severe malaria in a local population [BMC Microbiology 2013, 13:244 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-13-244] — (English)
We use HBs to define distinct var types within a local population. We then reanalyze a dataset that contains clinical and var expression data to investigate whether the HBs allow for a description of sequence diversity corresponding to biological function, such that it improves our ability to predict disease phenotype from parasite genetics..

Functional roles for C5a and C5aR, but not C5L2, in the pathogenesis of human and experimental cerebral malaria [IAI.01246-13] — (English)
To test the hypothesis that C5a signaling contributes to the pathogenesis of CM, we investigated a causal role for the C5a receptors, C5aR and C5L2, in a mouse model of experimental CM (ECM) induced by Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA) infection, and using a case-control design we examined plasma levels of C5a in Ugandan children presenting with CM or uncomplicated malaria (UM)...

Pharmacokinetic properties of single-dose primaquine in Papua New Guinean children: Feasibility of abbreviated high-dose regimens for radical cure of vivax malaria [AAC.01437-13] — (English)
The present pharmacokinetic data, the first for PMQ in children, show that further studies of abbreviated high-dose regimens are feasible in this age-group...

Lipid parameters in a hyperendemic area for malaria [Lipids in Health and Disease 2013, 12:162 doi:10.1186/1476-511X-12-162] — (English)
his is a cross-sectional study with the objective to analyze lipid parameters of individuals living in Brazilian Amazon, where malaria is endemic...