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Announcements / Press Releases

WHO and regional malaria experts reiterate warning about drug resistance [WHO WPRO] — (English)
Malaria experts from the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region and key partners are reiterating a warning that anti-malarial drug resistance is an ever-growing challenge that needs to be tackled urgently. Otherwise artemisinin based combination therapies (ACT), the most effective first line anti-malarial drug, could be rendered useless, reversing the very real gains that have been made in recent years in the fight against malaria...

Les ECHOS du CARN [CARN RBM] — (English)
March issue 2014. French version...

Keeping artemisinin resistance high on the agenda [The Malaria Consortium] — (English)
2014 Malaria Consortium Progress Symposium in Asia...

Mozambique Aims to Reach Universal Malaria Protection in 2014 [The Global Fund press release] — (English)
The Ministry of Health of Mozambique, together with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, World Vision and BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities today announced a partnership to ensure that every family in Mozambique will be protected from malaria by the end of this year’s campaign...

Japan Makes 2014 Contribution to the Global Fund [The Global Fund press release] — (English)
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today welcomed the payment by Japan of US$ 289 million, the first tranche of a pledge of US$800 million announced in December 2013 at the 4th Global Fund Replenishment Launch in Washington DC..

Building up the commercial net sector [The Malaria Consortium] — (English)
The equitable distribution of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) to prevent malaria transmission in Africa has always proven a challenge for governments and public health organisations alike...

Malaria testing not a simple fix in the private sector [ACT Consortium] — (English)
Drug shops offering quick diagnostic tests for malaria can improve treatment, but regulation by authorities is also needed, researchers warn...

A Struggle without Borders [AIRS] — (English)
A New Insectary to Increase Burundi’s Entomological Studies...

Building Global Capacity for Diagnostic Testing of Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV [FIND] — (English)
The FIND-CDC Cooperative Agreement, Building Global Capacity for Diagnostic Testing of Tuberculosis, Malaria, and HIV through Laboratory Strengthening and Integration of Services, falls under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)...

Malaria Elimination Background Paper Series [UCSF] — (English)
The UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative is pleased to share with you a series of background papers designed to make evidence-based recommendations on the roles of program management, surveillance, importation management and mass drug administration in countries targeting malaria elimination. Originally prepared to inform the newly approved Malaria strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the papers provide a rich source of synthesized, recent evidence on topics of broader interest, and are being disseminated for broader use...

PATH receives funding to build new tools in the fight against malaria [PATH announcement] — (English)
Point-of-care diagnostic test seeks to improve management of P. vivax malaria...

Global Fund concept note development – WHO policy brief 2014 [WHO] — (English)
alaria endemic countries are in the process of developing concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To provide guidance to National Malaria Control Programmes, WHO has issued a policy brief summarizing all recommended policies and strategies that countries should take into account...

Combating HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria: Going from Progress to Impact [WHO AFRO] — (English)
Evidence from Africa’s health sector suggests that 2013 was a fairly successful year in the fight against Africa’s ‘three big’ killer diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria...

Meeting Calls for “Smart Investments” for enhanced impact on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria [WHO AFRO] — (English)
The 5th Inter-Agency Meeting on Coordination and Harmonization of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria strategies in Africa was held on Friday 7 March 2014 in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo...

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Malaria and anaemia in pregnancy: a cross-sectional study of pregnant women in rural communities of Southeastern Nigeria [Int. Health (2014) doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihu009] — (English)
The prevalence of malaria and anaemia is very high in the Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State, Nigeria. Efforts to reduce the prevalence of malaria parasitaemia and anaemia in pregnancy should be intensified in rural settings of Enugu state and Nigeria as a whole...

Laboratory detection of artemisinin resistant P. falciparum [AAC.01924-13] — (English)
We hypothesized originally that this discrepancy was explained by loss of ring stage susceptibility and so developed a simple field-adapted 24 hour trophozoite maturation inhibition assay (TMI test) focusing on the ring stage and compared it to the standard 48 hour schizont maturation inhibition (WHO test)...

A multi-stage malaria vaccine candidate targeting both transmission and asexual parasite life-cycle stages [Vaccine] — (English)
We constructed a chimeric antigen composed of a fragment of the Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) glutamate-rich protein fused in frame to a correctly folded fragment of Pfs48/45...

Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and malaria control [Mathematical Biosciences] — (English)
Our results highlight that given a large mosquito population, the presence of even a small number of resistant mosquitoes to an insecticide could make the insecticide ineffective for malaria control. This suggests the need for effective insecticide management strategy, alternate mosquito control approaches, educating the public about personal protection and reduction of mosquito population in a given environment...

Malaria Immunity in Man and Mosquito: Insights into Unsolved Mysteries of a Deadly Infectious Disease [Annual Review of Immunology Vol. 32: 157-187 (Volume publication date March 2014) DOI: 10.1146/annurev-immunol-032713-120220] — (English)
Here we review what is known about the mechanisms at play in immune resistance to malaria in both the human and mosquito hosts at each step in the parasite's complex life cycle with a view toward developing the tools that will contribute to the prevention of disease and death and, ultimately, to the goal of malaria eradication. In so doing, we hope to inspire immunologists to participate in defeating this devastating disease...