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Last week at MalariaWorld: We are 5 years old!

December 12, 2014 - 22:50 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Hooray!! This week we celebrate the fifth year of MalariaWorld's existence - and we are so proud and happy about this! What started with some 150 email addresses has grown to a global community with now 8539 members from >140 countries. It is a dream that became a reality. You may wonder how this all came about, so we wrote a short history about MalariaWorld titled 'MalariaWorld celebrates 5 years of online reporting on malaria!'. If you want to tell us what MalariaWorld has done for you, please comment directly under the story linked here and not below this 'Last week' message. We welcome your comments very much as this may help us to progress the platform (funding wise).

This year we also celebrate the 5th volume of the MalariaWorld Journal! A fantastic adventure, and we have shown by now that an Open Access journal can exist without authors paying to publish their work.

This week we published a new article on the use of RDTs as a means to stop needless administration of antimalarial drugs. Read the article here.

This week also saw the annual publication of the World Malaria Report (2014), published by the World Health Organization. Slight optimism prevails, but warnings are there - if we sit back and don't invest more, we'll be taken over by resistance! So there is still a lot that remains to be done by us all in 2015 and beyond!

Sooner rather than later you can contribute. MESA has placed a call to contribute your parasite data so that the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) can update its global map to show the distribution of Plasmodium vivax. Click here to see how you can contribute. 

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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.

News via MESA: Cross-sectional surveys needed for P. vivax endemicity map update

December 10, 2014 - 13:45 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

In early 2015, the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) team will update the global P. vivax endemicity map (see 2010 map here) and use this to generate global estimates of clinical cases. The maps and case estimates have widespread policy and advocacy use, so it is important to make these as robust and up-to-date as possible. We invite you to collaborate with the MAP team to ensure that the map is fully comprehensive by sharing any parasite rate surveys you have. Read more...

Droughts, Dictators and the Immunity Trap in Sudan

December 1, 2014 - 18:20 -- William Jobin
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My field experience in fighting malaria in Africa started with five years in central Sudan where I helped organize the Blue Nile Health Project in 1979, aimed at protecting 2 million people in the million acre Gezira Irrigation System. I benefited a great deal from the malaria experience of my Sudanese colleagues, as well as from the Iranians and others in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. I also benefited from the support of WHO Geneva, and from Letitia Obeng in UNEP.

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
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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

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