The column below was contributed by by Rasha Azrag & Guy Reeves.
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.
Enjoy this week's MalariaWorld - the MW team.
MalariaWorld Journal (MWJ) is the only peer-reviewed Open Access journal on malaria where you don’t pay to publish, and you don’t pay to read. Read about MW and how you can submit your manuscript here.
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.
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...
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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." 
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.
The column below was contributed by Jenni Lawton.
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.
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.
We propose that WHO should adopt a holistic Generalist Approach in their new malaria strategy.
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
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.
Following publication of the Jerusalem declaration on malaria elimination in Africa that was published on MalariaWorld earlier this year (click here), we are now publishing the full conference report (see attachment).
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:
And please give them your advice, they need it, and in fact are asking for it!