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Norms, standards and processes underpinning WHO vector control policy recommendations

January 11, 2021 - 16:45 -- Malaria World


Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) result in high levels of morbidity and mortality, and disproportionately affect some of the world's poorest populations. However, there are currently few effective tools to combat transmission of vector-borne pathogens, making the development of new tools and strategies of paramount importance.

Covid, Africa and Schistosomiasis

January 5, 2021 - 19:55 -- Pierre Lutgen

In an April 10 interview, American philanthropist Melinda Gates expressed her belief that the coronavirus pandemic will have the worst impact in the developing world. She said she foresees bodies lying around in the street of African countries. It is quite surprising to see that although there have been shocking reports of hospitals overwhelmed with patients in the US and in other Western countries, the billionaire philanthropist and others like her still choose to talk about dead bodies in Africa. Gates is not the only one to be predicting total doom in Africa.

Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) meeting (December 2020)

December 31, 2020 - 11:07 -- Malaria World

On 3–4 December 2020, the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) convened virtually to review updates and progress, and to provide guidance on thematic areas of work by the Global Malaria Programme. The virtual meeting focused on 5 topics: 1) an update on the Malaria surveillance assessment toolkit; 2) an update on the “High burden to high impact (HBHI)” approach, including a partner perspective from the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, use of strategic information to drive impact, and country support; 3) an update on the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030 (GTS); 4) an update on the consolidated WHO Guidelines for malaria; and 5) an update on the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP).

Countries of the Greater Mekong ready for the “last mile” of malaria elimination

December 31, 2020 - 10:59 -- Malaria World


Bulletin 9 of the Mekong Malaria Elimination programme, World Health Organization Situation report, 21 December 2020

Despite the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and antimalarial drug resistance, the 6 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) – Cambodia, China (Yunnan Province), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam –  have continued to achieve great progress towards the malaria elimination targets outlined in the Strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong subregion (2015-2030).

Is temporal Plasmodium vivax malarial recurrence information useful?

December 30, 2020 - 23:12 -- Miles Markus

A lot of attention has been paid over the years to when exactly recurrent clinical Plasmodium vivax malarial episodes take place, both old and recent literature on this subject often being cited by authors today. Does this recurrence information prove much, however? In other words, how important is it to know details of the timing and frequency of non-reinfection recurrences when these recurrences are of unknown origin (as explained below)?

New from MESA: New! Access malaria funding opportunities, training, events and more in the MESA Opportunities tool

December 24, 2020 - 12:22 -- MESA Alliance


Opportunities for funding, training, as well as malaria events, are now centralised and organised in this new malaria calendar. Key dates and deadlines are collected in this new feature, enabling the malaria community to know what is happening and when and plan accordingly. 

Add relevant entries to your calendar and share among your networks and colleagues to not miss any opportunity! 

Browse the calendar here

Podcast: Shedding Enzyme Essential for Parasite Survival

December 21, 2020 - 16:00 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 18 December 2020
Researchers find that SUB2, a malaria parasite enzyme, helps the parasite survive in the human host and new research characterises cerebral malaria infection in adults and children.
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Zinc, Covid and the elderly

December 16, 2020 - 14:21 -- Pierre Lutgen


Plasma Zn decrease is strongly related to age and may be a predictor of all-cause mortality in elderly population. In a study in Italy plasma zinc levels were measured in individuals having an age range of 10–93 years. No significant differences in plasma zinc concentrations were found between males and females. Up to the age of 50 years, the mean plasma zinc of normal individuals remained relatively constant at 70 ± 32µg/100 ml after which the levels decreased.

PAMCA-VectorBase Virtual Vector Meeting pre-recorded sessions available

December 15, 2020 - 10:28 -- Malaria World


Many of the talks that are available online have associated worksheets and activities that you can do. PAMCA and VectorBase have collaborated to host a free, virtual vector conference/workshop experience, primarily aimed at PAMCA student/ young investigators.

Artemisia twigs, nitrate, malaria, schistosomiasis and tuberculosis

December 12, 2020 - 18:06 -- Pierre Lutgen

Many anecdotical or scientific results indicate that leaves and stems of Artemisia annua have different therapeutical properties, often higher for leaves, sometimes lower.
Our efforts so far to elucidate key factors explaining these differences have failed. Artemisinin, polyphenols, essential oils are higher in leaves, scopoletin sometimes lower. If the therapeutical properties against malaria, bacteria or nematodes, really are proportional to the concentration of these organic key constituants, the healing power of stems and twigs should be close to zero.

Podcast: Parasite Biomarkers Predict Transmission Potential

December 11, 2020 - 08:31 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 11 December 2020
Researchers identify three biomarkers associated with gametocytes development that predict transmission potential, and the use of LAMP-based malaria diagnostic tools is evaluated.
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El Salvador's journey to malaria elimination

December 10, 2020 - 11:16 -- Malaria World

By Nothing but Nets, 30 November 2020

In 2020, El Salvador marked a major milestone in its long fight against malaria. It is the first Central American country to reach zero cases of malaria for three consecutive years and apply for the World Health Organization malaria-free certification. 

Plant the seed, fight the fever: a grassroots anti-malaria-campaign

December 10, 2020 - 10:10 -- Malaria World

What if there was an herb that could defeat the malaria parasite and save a thousand lives per day, every day? One you could grow in your backyard, which costs next to nothing, and could be easily available for everybody in need?

The Film THE FEVER portrays the fight against malaria in East Africa as a case study in greed, courage and self-determination. 

When are the words "malarias" and "plasmodia" incorrect?

December 2, 2020 - 16:41 -- Miles Markus

The misused plural words "malarias" and "plasmodia" have previously been mentioned in the MalariaWorld Newsletter (the former only in passing). Here, I highlight the usage problem by expanding on the subject.

New from MESA: Key takeaways from the ASTMH Annual Meeting by the MESA Correspondents

December 2, 2020 - 10:24 -- MESA Alliance


This ASTMH Annual Meeting was intense! If you missed any of the sessions or want to recap what was discussed, you can read the summaries of more than 25 symposia written by the MESA Correspondents.

World Malaria Report 2020

November 30, 2020 - 14:21 -- Malaria World

The 2020 edition of the World malaria report takes a historical look at key milestones that helped shape the global response to the disease over the last 2 decades – a period of unprecedented success in malaria control. The report features a detailed analysis on progress towards the 2020 milestones of WHO’s global malaria strategy and a special section on malaria and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Podcast: Conserved Antigen Pb22 Plays a Critical Role in Male Gametogenesis in P. Berghei

November 27, 2020 - 07:27 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 27 November 2020
Pb22, a protein expressed by Plasmodium berghei, may play an important role in the transmission of malaria, and review on the use of tafenoquine finds that the drug is well-tolerated and effective.
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WHO Report on antimalarial drug efficacy, resistance and response: 10 years of surveillance (2010–2019)

November 26, 2020 - 07:26 -- Malaria World



This brochure complements the Report on antimalarial drug efficacy, resistance and response: 10 years of surveillance (2010–2019). It includes the report's main findings, key definitions and background information for non-experts.

Podcast: Parasite Viability Is a Superior Indicator of Antimalarial Drug Activity

November 20, 2020 - 06:23 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 20 November 2020
Determining drug efficacy through parasite clearance half-life may underestimate the activity of some antimalarial drugs, and the WHO publishes new guidance on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes.
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How Many Cases of Plasmodium vivax Malaria are Relapses?

November 17, 2020 - 22:35 -- Miles Markus

Are up to 80% or more of detectable Plasmodium vivax malarial recurrences relapses (a relapse being a hypnozoite-mediated recurrence)? This is a topical matter and a very interesting question.

Podcast: ‘Memory-Like’ Imprints in γδ T Cells Allow for Better Response to Future Malaria Infection

November 13, 2020 - 18:16 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute,13 November 2020
New research examines the long-term impact of malaria infection on γδ T cells, and a review of malaria cases among pregnant women in Lagos, Nigeria, explores the impact of preventative measures on the prevalence of malaria and anaemia.
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