The world's scientific and social network for malaria professionals
8521 malaria professionals are enjoying the free benefits of MalariaWorld today

Weblogs

Last week at MalariaWorld: vacancy at LSHTM and webcasts from ASTMH

November 27, 2014 - 22:50 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

MalariaWorld Journal (MWJ) is our own peer reviewed scientific journal on malaria. You don’t pay to publish, and you don’t pay to read. Read about MW and how you can submit your manuscript here.


This week MESA's has shared with us several webcasts 'The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria & the Global Malaria Action Plan 2' from the ASTMH conference. Look at the following webcasts here: ASTMH 2014, webcast, David Brandling-Bennett ; ASTMH 2014, webcast, Eric Mouzin ; ASTMH 2014, webcast, Richard Cibulskis ; ASTMH 2014, webcast, Discussion panel ; ASTMH 2014, webcast, Pedro Alonso.

Then there is an interesting vacancy for 2 research fellows at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (based in Africa). Read the vacancy 2 Regional programme officers (research fellows) - LSHTM here.

Kate Dieringer has posted another interesting column where she makes the statement that social marketing and media can redirect how we project and what we represent about malaria and public health. Neglected, and not so neglected, tropical diseases are suffering from a lack of innovation in branding. Kate invites you all to think along with her and share your ideas. Read her column Advocacy in Advertising? here.

Bill Jobin shares with us his personal experiences with the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) when he worked in Angola. Read Bill's blog Drought and Malaria in Angola here.

Enjoy this week's MalariaWorld - the MW team.

 

Log in at MalariaWorld. Remember that you have to log-in at MW to read more, respond to polls, open attachments and get free copies of books and other documents. Forgot your username and/or password? Go to www.malariaworld.org, click on Sign in and then on Request new password. Fill out your email address that you use to receive the MW newsletter and the Word verification. You will then receive further instructions by email.
 

Brought to you by MESA: ASTMH webcasts on the 'Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and the Global Malaria Action Plan 2'

November 27, 2014 - 21:49 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Thanks to the collaboration of ASTMH, ImageAV and presenters, MESA is sharing various webcasts from malaria elimination session at ASTMH in New Orleans. Click here to watch and listen to 'The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria & the Global Malaria Action Plan 2' session:

ASTMH 2014, webcast, David Brandling-Bennett

ASTMH 2014, webcast, Eric Mouzin

ASTMH 2014, webcast, Richard Cibulskis

ASTMH 2014, webcast, Discussion panel

ASTMH 2014, webcast, Pedro Alonso

Drought and Malaria in Angola

November 26, 2014 - 18:47 -- William Jobin

DROUGHT AND MALARIA IN ANGOLA

Drought in southern Angola 2000 to 2006

When I was asked by the US Agency for International Development to go to Angola in 2005 to start the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI), I was told to begin spraying interiors of homes in the southern provinces of Huila and Kunene as soon as possible. I think they picked me because Portuguese is one of my favorite languages, and I had worked on malaria control in Sudan for 5 years, besides being with CDC in Puerto Rico when the island was finally declared malaria-free.

New from MESA: Tracking our research efforts to eradicate malaria

November 17, 2014 - 12:43 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Over the past decades, Research and Development has played a key role in driving the achievements made against malaria with the development of tools such as rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), artemisinin-combination therapies (ACTs) and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs). We have also made great progress in our capacity to disseminate the scientific information to the malaria community; open access journals, webs, blogs, twitter, emails, conferences, publications, etc.

Two major problems with WHO Chemical Dependency Pathway to Malaria Suppression

November 11, 2014 - 21:12 -- William Jobin

Although these problems do not have much significance in the Environmental Pathway to Malaria Suppression described in my previous blog, they are two major problems for folks following the WHO Chemical Dependency Pathway. They are:

Successful Environmental Pathway to Permanent Malaria Suppression

November 7, 2014 - 15:35 -- William Jobin

Although I have presented these ideas previously, I found a new way of explaining the concepts which I hope you will find easier to understand, or to disagree with!

10 November 2014

THE SUCCESSFUL ENVIRONMENTAL PATHWAY TO PERMANENT MALARIA SUPPRESSION

Column: The next generation of malaria researchers in Africa - by Jenni Lawton

October 30, 2014 - 19:42 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
The column below was contributed by Jenni Lawton.
 
Now in the ninth month since this alarming Ebola outbreak began, it shows no signs of slowing and could be beginning to spread worldwide. It has been harrowing to see how the healthcare workers putting their own lives at risk to treat and protect affected communities have also faced threats, violence and worse. [1, 2]
 

Brief histories of two contrasting strategies in the fight against malaria

October 16, 2014 - 18:25 -- William Jobin

Major differences in the two principal attacks on malaria during the Twentieth Century

It is fortunate that the international agencies responsible for attacking malaria are all in a state of self-examination this year, seeking better and more durable strategies. To this end, I have recently submitted suggestions to the World Health Organization, to the US Presidential Malaria Initiative and to the UN Roll Back Malaria Program, outlining how they could avoid repeating the collapse of the first Global Malaria Eradication Program, by broadening their current strategies.

Column: Ever heard of sand dams?- by Rasha Azrag & Guy Reeves

September 30, 2014 - 13:12 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

The column below was contributed by by Rasha Azrag & Guy Reeves.

"I am always wary of ‘technology-led’ solutions. The under-developed world is littered with rusting tractors and broken water pumps." [1]

Surprisingly, this quote is from a document that promotes a technology; which is pictured below. While it might at first glance look like a dried-up reservoir it is in fact a fully functioning sand dam that provides year-round clean water in a water scarce environment.

Column: In the heat of the moment - by Jenni Lawton

September 16, 2014 - 12:55 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Tags: 

The column below was contributed by Jenni Lawton.

Scottish contributions to malaria research

 

With the Scottish Independence Referendum looming on the 18th September 2014, here we are all waiting with bated breath to see what the outcome will be. I thought this would be a good time to reflect on Scotland’s contribution to the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases, including malaria.

Column: Judgment day for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals - by Manuel Lluberas

September 11, 2014 - 16:21 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
The column below was contributed by Dr. Manuel Lluberas.
 
Judgment day for the Millennium Development Goals is less than 500 days away. While there have been significant progress made in many areas since the goals were set, there is much more to be done and there is a lot that needs to be reviewed.
 

Support strengthening of US Malaria Initiative Strategy

September 4, 2014 - 17:13 -- William Jobin

This is an urgent plea to you - the reader - to support strengthening of the strategy being used by the US Presidential Malaria Initiative of USAID in Africa. Please contact Tim Ziemer or his deputy Bernard Nahlen at USAID in Washington DC to support strengthening of their malaria strategy by broadening it to include all available control methods in the most cost-effective combination.

Their email addresses are tziemer@usaid.gov and bnahlen@usaid.gov.

Job: Technical advisor - nutrition/child health

September 1, 2014 - 19:30 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Company: Population Services International
Location: Washington, USA
 
Malaria and Child Survival Department (MCSD). The mission of the MCSD is to provide PSI’s country programs with relevant and timely support to improve child health. The position will lead PSI’s efforts to expand health impact through launching and scaling up programs in nutrition and broader areas of child health. The full-time position is based at PSI HQ in Washington D.C. with 30% travel and reports to the Director, Malaria and Child Survival.

WHO should adopt a Generalist Approach to suppressing malaria

August 8, 2014 - 17:51 -- William Jobin

We propose that WHO should adopt a holistic Generalist Approach in their new malaria strategy.

submitted by

W.Jobin of Blue Nile Associates and F.Snowden of Yale University

and including deliberations with many malariologists resulting in the Yale University Declaration on Malaria in 2006, and the Jerusalem Declaration on Malaria in 2013, both of which are available on this website.

8 August 2014

Column: Viral panic is contagious - by Kate Dieringer

July 31, 2014 - 18:22 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
This column was contributed by Kate Dieringer
 
Is it fear or fatalism that clouds vector borne disease outbreaks?
Boom. Boom. A louder, more authoritative ‘Thwack’. Four men are pounding around the previously unscreened house, covering bits ripped by their efforts with smaller, make shift patches of screen. Inside, others are scrambling to hang previously disregarded bed nets. Patients are showing up to the hospital in droves, complaining of arthralgia, fever and malaise. Medical staff members are succumbing as well; affecting hospital and clinic based operations with increased patient volume and decreased clinical capacity. The offending illness is chikungunya fever (ChikV), not malaria or dengue, and it is gripping Haitian society in more ways than physiological. This Caribbean nation has been devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes and a too recent cholera epidemic. Adding to the burden of disease and bandwidth of citizens and public health officials, the current chikungunya outbreak is causing quite a disruption here in Haiti...

Yale Declaration on Malaria of November 2008

July 29, 2014 - 16:36 -- William Jobin

We are all pleased with development and posting of the Jerusalem Declaration on Malaria of December 2013. It follows in the footsteps of a previous Declaration on Malaria issued at Yale University in November of 2008. Please compare the two, they show remarkable similarities.

Both Declarations came after several days of discussions by people with a passionate interest in suppressing malaria in Africa, motivated by the reminder that a million people die of malaria in Africa every year, and most of them are children.

Column: Will the current global malaria programme pass a Cochrane Review?

July 24, 2014 - 21:12 -- Manuel Lluberas
The column below was contributed by Dr. Manuel Lluberas.
 
Public health entomology was an exciting career during the latter part of the 19th Century and the first half of the 20th Century. During those years, the “let’s go” attitude of a number of public health entomologists made significant strides against vector-borne diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Their discoveries were so significant and earth-shattering that they were recognized by their peers, their governments and the world and continue to amaze many in the public health arena. Some were even recognized and rewarded with Nobel Prizes...

Link to WHO to advise on their global malaria strategy

July 22, 2014 - 16:30 -- William Jobin

Dear Friends with experience in malaria control in Africa,

On my previous blog I explained that WHO needs your comments,
but I left out the link. Try this:

http://who.int/malaria/areas/global_technical_strategy/online_consultati...

And please give them your advice, they need it, and in fact are asking for it!

Bill

WHO needs your comments on their malaria strategy

July 18, 2014 - 17:01 -- William Jobin

To their credit, WHO is proposing to revise their global malaria strategy, and have a 16 member Steering Committee who will take comments for the next few weeks.

However, I was devastated to read in the biographies of their Steering Committee that not one of them has field experience in fighting malaria in Africa!

So if you have ANY experience in fighting malaria in Africa, especially if you work for MOH malaria control programs, or perhaps with the US PMI, or with RBM, please comment on their proposed strategy. You are the people who know what is really needed.

Planes, trains and vehicles: The neglected role of passive transportation!

July 17, 2014 - 20:27 -- Bart G.J. Knols
I still remember the day ten years ago in a workshop in Sudan on the establishment of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) project for the control of An. arabiensis in northern Sudan. The discussion was mainly about the isolation of the area, in the middle of which old Prof. Osman Abdelnour, chief entomologist of Sudan who passed away two weeks ago, raised his hand and hardly pulled his body from the chair and asked: and what about passive transportation?...

Column: Vivax malaria, breaking the cycle of endless suffering - by George Jagoe

July 10, 2014 - 10:56 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Tags: 
"And I saw Sisyphus at his endless task raising his prodigious stone with both his hands. With hands and feet he tried to roll it up to the top of the hill, but just before he could roll it over the other side, its weight would be too much for him, and the pitiless stone would come thundering down again on to the plain. Then he would begin trying to push it up hill again, and the sweat ran off him and the steam rose after him."
The Odyssey of Homer, translated by Samuel Butler
 

Column: World cup fever - by Jenni Lawton

July 3, 2014 - 19:01 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

At the time of writing, the World Cup is well underway and with the quarter-finals about to begin the competition is heating up. So too will any fans who’ve been unlucky enough to catch malaria! So what can the World Cup tell us about the global malaria picture?

Pages

Subscribe to Weblogs