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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


Are Artemisia annua plantations killing fields?

November 5, 2014 - 18:29 -- Pierre Lutgen

Artemisia annua has strong allelopathic properties as was documented by Mediplant for the high artemisinin hybrid. In other words the plant becomes invasive and inhibits the growth of other plants or cash crop on fields where Artemisia has been planted for the extraction of artemisinin by Bigpharma.

With WHO's blessing Keasling's synthetic artemisinin replaces the natural product: an economical disaster for African families who have invested all their meager resources in Artemisia annua plantations, lured by the promise of big profits.

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.

Potassium in Artemisia plants, a key factor in malaria control?

October 14, 2014 - 06:54 -- Pierre Lutgen



Constant Tchandema and Pierre Lutgen

Potassium, the most abundant cation in the human body, regulates intracellular enzyme function and neuromuscular tissue excitability. Serum potassium is normally maintained within thenarrow range of 3.5 to 5.5 mEq/L.

Webinar 'Evaluating antimalarial safety' from ACT consortium, Oct 7th 2014

September 30, 2014 - 14:07 -- MESA Alliance

Clinical trials are not suitable to identify rare, potentially serious adverse effects of drugs, or to define their safety in high risk populations.

Artemisinin-based combination therapies (or ACTs) are considered safe, but there are concerns over their potential to cause damage to parts of the brain. There is also a concern about their safety in patients infected with HIV. 

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

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 and

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.


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