14.04.2014

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Southern Africa starts a race against malaria [RBM] — (English)
South Africa is once again gearing up for the "Racing Against Malaria" initiative (RAM 2), a car rally that passes through eight countries in the South Africa Development Community (SADC) to promote malaria control and elimination efforts in the region...

Leadership interview: A prize worth capturing [RBM] — (English)
On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2014, we spoke with the Right Honourable Stephen O'Brien, MP, global advocate for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, about his time in the Sahel collecting mosquitoes, the role of parliamentarians in this fight, the post 2015 agenda, and the importance of continuing to invest in the fight against malaria...

World Malaria Day 2014 [RBM] — (English)
Invest in the future: defeat malaria is a three-year theme partners chose for the period of 2013-2015 to call attention to the need to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and defeat malaria in the future. (in French)...

Global Health Partnerships GAVI, RBM, and UNAIDS co-host discussion on role of Partnerships in Post-2015 development era [RBM] — (English)
Alongside a Thematic Debate by the UN General Assembly in New York, over 120 guests from the diplomatic and UN community took part in a joint GAVI, RBM and UNAIDS gathering on April 9th to reflect on the successful collaborations that have advanced development priorities worldwide. Amongst the speakers, Dr Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, cited the UN Secretary-General's Every Woman, Every Child campaign as a successful model which had drawn together a number of health Partnerships to amplify the cause...

French private sector convenes key stakeholders to advance malaria fight in Francophone Africa [RBM press release] — (English)
The French Business Confederation MEDEF holds a conference in Paris today to mobilize Francophone private sector organizations in controlling malaria in Africa. Under the high patronage of the French President François Hollande, the French Foreign Ministry, Santé en Entreprise and RBM have invited more than 100 corporate stakeholders to present their respective initiatives in tackling the disease. The main objective of the meeting is to sensitize businesses operating in Africa about the benefits of investing into malaria control through their respective Social Responsibility Programs. (in French)...

Innovative Investment in Indonesia Health Fund [The Global Fund news release] — (English)
In an innovative financing initiative, Dato Sri Dr. Tahir, Chairman of the Tahir Foundation in Indonesia, established a new Indonesia Health Fund with an initial investment of US$40 million from eight Indonesian business leaders in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria...

Latin America Mobilizes Partnerships in New Funding Model [The Global Fund news release] — (English)
Civil society, governments and technical partners from Latin America held vibrant and engaging discussions during a regional meeting last week to chart ways to achieve the greatest impact against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria under the new funding model now being implemented by the Global Fund...

Global Fund News Flash: Issue 41 [Global Fund] — (English)
New Funding Model by Region, Dialogue in Dakar, Viral Load – More Testing Better Prices, A Lesson from Honduras, What’s Behind this Picture?...

New Malaria strain identified in Malaysia [Cambridge Network] — (English)
A new malarial strain appears to have made the leap from monkeys to humans. Malaysia is at the forefront of the research...

What African governments can do to fight malaria [WEF blog] — (English)
Almost 20% of all infectious diseases are “vector-borne”. These diseases – the theme of this year’s World Health Day – are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas...

JHU∙CCP Editorial Highlights Critical Role for Quality SBCC in Malaria Control Efforts [JHU∙CCP] — (English)
A new editorial published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHU∙CCP) suggests that behavior change communication (BCC) plays an increasingly important role in malaria prevention and treatment initiatives. The article, Strategic roles for behavior change communication in a changing malaria landscape, was published recently in the Malaria Journal...

Novartis and Malaria No More provide two million antimalarial treatments to children in Zambia [Novartis press releaase] — (English)
Novartis announced today that two million treatments of its pediatric antimalarial are arriving in Zambia thanks to the ongoing efforts of the company in collaboration with Malaria No More's Power of One campaign. Zambia is the first beneficiary country of this campaign sponsored by Novartis. One million treatments of Coartem® Dispersible have been funded through public donations and Novartis matched these with a further one million treatments. These antimalarials will reduce the disease burden in Zambia, which accounts for up to 40% of infant mortality in that country...

CLU students to hold malaria fundraiser [CLU] — (English)
California Lutheran University students are hosting a World Malaria Day event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, to raise awareness and money to combat the deadly disease...

Timor-Leste: Strong malaria control programme cuts cases [WHO Press release] — (English)
It is early morning in tropical Timor-Leste. A team of 4 uniformed men can be seen trawling a crocodile-infested wetland area just outside the capital city of Dili...

Targeting sperm protection in mosquitoes could help combat malaria [Imperial College London] — (English)
Researchers have discovered a way of reducing the fertility of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, potentially providing a new tactic to combat the disease...

UMC raises 80 percent of funding goal for Imagine No Malaria [UMC] — (English)
Imagine No Malaria announced today that United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million by 2015. In the past year alone, the people of The United Methodist Church have made contributions and pledges of more than $28 million, boosting the total raised to more than $60 million...

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Mating activates the heme peroxidase HPX15 in the sperm storage organ to ensure fertility in Anopheles gambiae [PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1401715111] — (English)
The first evidence of the mechanisms regulating fertility in Anopheles, and identify HPX15 as a target for vector control...

No Association of the p53 Codon 72 Polymorphism with Malaria in Ghanaian Primiparae and Rwandan Children [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2014 14-0050] — (English)
We examined whether the polymorphism is associated with P. falciparum infection in Ghanaian primiparae and Rwandan children...

The return of widespread chloroquine-sensitive Plasmodium falciparum to Malawi [J Infect Dis. (2014) doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiu216] — (English)
Systematic countrywide sampling demonstrates that chloroquine-sensitive pfcrt genotype has reached near-fixation, raising the possibility of re-introducing chloroquine for malaria prevention and treatment...

Novel anti-malarial combinations and their toxicity [Informa] — (English)
he emergence of artemisinin resistant parasites in SE Asia means that there is a need to optimise drug dosing and investigate novel therapies to maintain the impressive reduction in malaria mortality which has been seen in the past decade ...

Evidence on the Economic Burden of Repeat Malaria Episodes among Households in Rural Uganda [The Journal of Developing Areas, Volume 48, Number 2, Spring 2014 pp. 363-382 | 10.1353/jda.2014.0021] — (English)
The findings show that annual farm income declines by about 50% due to severe frequent malaria episodes and the household expenditure on animal protein foods declines by 34%. Repeat malaria episodes among children and adults decline among users of bed nets by about 29% and 41%, respectively. Improved access to microcredit alleviates household liquidity constraints and enables households to increase their investment in preventive measures by over 62%. The results show that after controlling for household characteristics, malaria places a significant economic burden on rural households...