Last week there was big worldwide news about malaria: the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate received a positive opinion from European Regulators. The European Medicines Agency recommended RTS,S, or Mosquirix, developed by GSK and backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for use in young children in Africa. It has taken 30 years to develop this vaccine, at a cost of more than $565m (£364m) to date. Read the BBC news story "Malaria vaccine gets 'green light'" here.
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Following the encouraging malaria vaccine news, Anton Alexander has written a blog in which he questions the search for the 'magic bullet' to eliminate malaria. Read "Has practical malaria-elimination in the field lost its way?" here.
The MalariaWorld Journal just published a new research article titled: Knowledge and practice on malaria diagnosis and treatment among healthcare providers working in private health facilities in Ethiopia: A cross-sectional facility-based survey. Read this article about malaria and healthcare in Ethiopia here.
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BBC NEWS | Health, 24 July 2015
By: Fergus Walsh, Medical correspondent
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.
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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.
Re-imagining malaria – a platform for essential reflections to widen horizons in malaria control
Edited by: Dr. Julian Eckl, Dr. Susanna Hausmann Muela
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?
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.