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  • Reply to: Last week at MalariaWorld: Ebola deaths equal daily loss of lives due to malaria, and two new articles in the MalariaWorld Journal   26 min 36 sec ago

    I am new to this but was thinking back to some of the first vaccines and thought, hey, they got the vaccine from the disease itself. Why aren't they doing that for malaria. If someone could answer me please tell me why they aren't. if its more complicated than that please let me know. but thats what I learned.

  • Reply to: Open Access | Tracing the origins and signatures of selection of antifolate resistance in island populations of Plasmodium falciparum   9 hours 42 min ago
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  • Reply to: Last week at MalariaWorld: Ebola deaths equal daily loss of lives due to malaria, and two new articles in the MalariaWorld Journal   22 hours 40 min ago

    I share your anguish Bart about the neglect of malaria. But actually the focus of President Obama on Ebola Fever and the neglect of malaria are two sides of the same coin - the demise of the World Health Organization.

    Yes Ebola is a difficult disease to handle, but WHO has had over 20 years to develop a plan. When I was working in Uganda in 1988 there were outbreaks in the North. Lethal, but limited to about 30-50 people. A second epidemic a few years later served notice that this was going to be a recurring problem. If WHO had the resources and support it needs, they could have prepared for larger outbreaks. Instead, the UN members cut their contributions, and that included the budget for WHO, FAO, UNICEF, etc.

    The simple-minded approach to suppressing malaria is due to the same problem. If we want WHO to be effective (and the UN itself) we have to rebuild it and support it. Or find another way to organize. Perhaps charge the African Development Bank to support continental malaria control using improved infrastructure and education.

    Bill Jobin

  • Reply to: Column: Ever heard of sand dams?- by Rasha Azrag & Guy Reeves   22 hours 47 min ago

    Mabruk. Storing water in sand dams is an excellent idea, another way that engineering can help suppress malaria. It has obvious benefits for also eliminating the snails which transmit schistosomes. In the Blue Nile Health Project in the Gezira irrigated area and the Rahad irrigated area, we constructed and rehabbed slow sand filters to provide safe drinking water. Your sand dam already does that. Congratulations.

    Bill, always looking for more engineering solutions

  • Reply to: Stable malaria incidence despite scaling up control strategies in a malaria vaccine-testing site in Mali   3 days 2 hours ago
    If you read between the lines of this paper from Malaria Journal it depicts a catastrophic failure not only in Mali. Up to 2010 many research papers and reviews claimed that there was a decrease of malaria incidence in many countries thanks to ACTs and ITNs A massive swamping of Africa by western medicine gadgets was launched by sales organisations like Global Fund or UNICEF or WHO. But since 2013, most papers and reviews report a stagnation or increase of malaria incidence in many countries. In attached paper look for example at references 18, 21. I have several more of these available on file depicting malaria increases since 2010. My opinion : pyrethroids and artemisine derivatives are immunodepressive and their massive use may lead to an increase in malaria infections. Furthermore resistances against ACTs and pyrethroids are building up everywhere rendering their use futile and dangerous. What bothers me in this paper is that the Dogons of Bandiagara in Mali are used as guinea pigs for clinical trials on malaria vaccines. Why not run these tests with Lutetians, Tirolians, Bostonians, Menapians or other Caucasians ?