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Last week at MalariaWorld: A tragic choice...

January 29, 2015 - 22:30 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Fight malaria or starve. That's the title of a video about how mosquito nets are being used as fish nets, creating potential environmental problems. I can't help asking myself: if I would be in constant fear of hunger; if I had no other way to feed my children. What would I do? Would I be concerned about the environment? Would I be concerned about the future? Is it not self-evident that people use just anything useful for food- or income generating activities? Isn't that creative and smart thinking: making money from a gift? But it still worries me. And I wonder how does this affect the way we, and society at large, look at malaria prevention and control. Watch the video below and read the accompanying article from The New York Times of January 24 here:  "Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In"

 

 

Then last week there was news from MESA about how the All Party Parliamentary Group discussed about collaboration in malaria research on the UK Parliament's 750th birthday. Read the MESA news here.

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MalariaWorld celebrates 5 years of online reporting on malaria!

December 11, 2014 - 22:15 -- Bart G.J. Knols

As of December 2014, MalariaWorld, the world's largest and only online scientific and social network for malaria professionals, is celebrating its 5th anniversary. It's been an adventure that we never imagined would become what it has become today. Many of you will not know the history of MalariaWorld, so here's a brief summary.

Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance

October 11, 2013 - 09:38 -- MESA Alliance
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MESA (the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance) follows-up on the malERA agenda and provides a dedicated platform for the community in order to accelerate the translation of the science of malaria eradication for impact. With the community, MESA monitors progress and takes the next steps to advance the science of malaria eradication. MESA reviews existing evidence and supports projects on research questions critical to malaria eradication. For more information, please visit www.mesamalaria.org.

Read MESA's latest posts here.

News from MESA: The UK Parliament's 750th birthday & malaria research

January 29, 2015 - 19:00 -- MESA Alliance

On the UK Parliament's 750th birthday, the All Party Parliamentary Group met to discuss collaborative initiatives in malaria research.

In the historic setting of the Palace of Westminster, on January 20th, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG) met to discuss collaborative initiatives in malaria research. Last year, the UK Government pledged to increase funding for the fight against malaria up to £500 million every year, a goal the APPMG hopes to see achieved in 2015.

A Mosquito Repellent from Burundi

January 27, 2015 - 10:34 -- Pierre Lutgen

The association ACECI in Burundi (www.aceci.org) has developed a mosquito repellent based on Nepeta cataria (catmint in english, cataire en français, Katzenminze auf deutsch). The study by local students in medicine in collaboration with Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique together with the Government of Burundi showed that catnip oil reduced the number of bites from mosquitoes by 91.7%. The trial involved 60 volunteers.

Gallium, key element in the excellent Bamileke Artemisia?

January 23, 2015 - 16:58 -- Pierre Lutgen

Over the years IFBV-BELHERB accumulated puzzling data concerning Artemisia annua grown on the Bamileke plateau in Cameroon.

Among all the clinical trials we have run in several countries, the infusion from Cameroon gave probably the best results (Rosine Chougouo et al, Proceedings MIM Conf, Nairobi, Kenya, 2 Nov 2009, no 312). The results of the comparative study showed a significantly higher sensistivity for the Artemisia annua concoction (0% late therapeutic failure), much better than 12.5 % for artesunate and 14.3% for artesunate-amodiaquine.

Column: Public health concerns (too) far away from home. Who cares?

January 22, 2015 - 19:47 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
The column below was contributed by Alvaro Pemartin.
 
The current Ebola outbreak was headline news for some weeks.  Public health was a hot topic on TV and radio and in the social media. There was an eager request for technical advise from epidemiologists, virologists, and vaccine experts, among others.

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