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Last week at MalariaWorld: from aspiration to action, and a job opportunity at Sanaria

October 2, 2015 - 09:25 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria, released an in-depth report on what it will take to eradicate malaria on 28 September. It declares that eradication can be achieved by 2040 if world leaders commit to making it a reality, and they call on leaders to launch a global debate on the issue.From Aspiration to Action is dedicated to the memory of the late Alan Magill, who served as Director of the Gates Foundation Malaria Program. This document reflects his vision for a malaria-free world. Read the full report "From Aspiration to action: what will it take to end malaria" here.

Then there is a new job opportunity at Sanaria Inc. for a Physician Investigator to be located in Eduqatorial Guinea. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Read the vacancy announcement "Physician Investigator Malaria Vaccine" here.

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Testing for malaria reduces overprescription by over 70%

July 24, 2015 - 08:19 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Introducing rapid diagnostic tests in Ugandan drug shops improves treatment of malaria patients

Using malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) in registered drug shops in a highly endemic region in Uganda substantially reduced overdiagnosis of malaria, improving the use of valuable malaria drugs, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

The International PfSPZ Consortium meets to review data and map out the clinical development pathway for the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite-based vaccines

July 2, 2015 - 17:38 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Candidate vaccines based on injectable Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) sporozoites (SPZ), are being developed and tested. These include PfSPZ Vaccine, in which the PfSPZ are attenuated by irradiation; PfSPZ-CVac, in which fully infectious PfSPZ, PfSPZ Challenge, are attenuated in vivo by an anti-malarial drug, to allow only liver stage parasites to grow, and PfSPZ-GA1, in which the PfSPZ are attenuated by gene deletions.

Today is World Malaria Day: medicine fraud may be less than expected

April 25, 2015 - 13:40 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Poor quality and fake anti-malaria medicines can be deadly and cause a big problem in the fight against malaria. Previous reports indicated that up to 1/3 of the antimalarial medicines could be fake. A recent study of anti-malarials in Tanzania and Cambodia showed no evidence of fake medicines in these countries. So could it be that the problem of fake drugs in Africa is less than expected?

Last Week at MalariaWorld: La Bonifica Integrale - Mussolini's war on malaria

March 19, 2015 - 19:20 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Benito Mussolini was an Italian fascist dictator between 1922 and 1943. His quest to bring Roman glory to Italy brought his country war and misery. This is how we know him from the history books. What is less known is how Mussolini took important steps in the fight against malaria in Italy. Bill Jobin shares with us an interesting story about Mussolini's efforts to control malaria. Read Lessons from the successful national malaria campaign of Italy 1900-1962 here. An amazing story for sure.


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