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AMF funds 11.8 million nets for distribution in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2019

Against Malaria news - November 12, 2018 - 21:00

AMF has signed an agreement with the DRC Ministry of Health to fund 11.8 million nets for distribution from April to December 2019. This represents 40% of DRC’s long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN) need for the 2019 portion of their three-year rolling universal coverage campaign.

The nets will be distributed in five of DRC's 26 provinces, specifically:
  • Equateur: 1.5m nets to protect 2.7m people, distribution during April 2019
  • Sud Ubangi: 1.9m nets to protect 3.4m people, distribution in June 2019
  • Tanganyika: 2.0m nets to protect 3.6m people, distribution in Q3 2019
  • Haut Katanga: 4.0m nets to protect 7.2m people, distribution in Q4 2019
  • Haut Lomami: 2.4m nets to protect 4.3m people, distribution in Q4 2019

In total, 21.2 million people will be protected.

Malaria is one of the primary health issues in DRC, with high incidence levels seen across the majority of the country. DRC is one of the two most malarious countries in the world with malaria responsible for the deaths of at least 100 children under 5 each day in DRC alone.

These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness. This quantity of nets could be expected to prevent 8,000 deaths, 8 million cases of malaria and make a material impact on the economy of DRC. It is estimated that the improvement in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), a measure of economic performance, would be about US$280 million.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 28,040 individual donations from 12,941 donors from 94 countries. These figures will increase as further donations are allocated. Many donations, large and small, help fund these nets.

We will report openly on progress and performance throughout and after the distribution.

Key elements of our agreement include:

  • AMF is funding 11,800,000 LLINs for distribution in 2019
  • This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Global Fund
  • To support accurate data gathering, re-checks of net need numbers will take place by re-visiting a material number of households chosen at random.
  • AMF will collect household registration data from the entirety of a proportion of villages as an independent check on registration and population numbers
  • Household-level data will be collected on paper or using electronic-devices and then entered into AMF’s Data Entry System (DES) for analysis and verification. This, and the above elements combined, are the basis for a highly accountable distribution.
  • Post-distribution monitoring of net use and condition (PDMs) will take place every nine months for two and a half years in all districts. AMF will fund this.

Distribution in Equateur and Sud Ubangi

Distribution in Tanganyika, Haut Katanga and Haut Lomami

Anopheles mosquitoes could spread Mayaro virus in US, other diverse regions

Science Daily - Malaria - November 8, 2018 - 21:43
Mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles are well known as primary vectors of malaria. But a new study suggests that Anopheles species, including some found in the United States, also are capable of carrying and transmitting an emerging pathogen, Mayaro virus, which has caused outbreaks of disease in South America and the Caribbean.
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Could rising CO2 trigger return of eradicated mosquito-related disease?

Science Daily - Malaria - November 5, 2018 - 15:53
A new study shows for the first time the impact that climate change is having on the rate in which mosquitoes diversify, and what this might mean for human health in the future.
Categories: News (Scientific)

Dogs detect malaria by sniffing socks worn by African children

Science Daily - Malaria - October 29, 2018 - 14:28
As the global battle against malaria stalls, scientists may be adding a novel tool to the fight: sniffer dogs. In recent tests trained sniffer dogs successfully diagnosed malaria infections simply by sniffing samples from socks worn briefly by children from a malaria endemic area of West Africa, according to a new study.
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Fighting mosquitoes in your backyard with scientists' help

Science Daily - Malaria - October 25, 2018 - 15:32
Thanks to an innovative mosquito control approach, residents in several Maryland neighborhoods reduced populations of invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes by an impressive 76 percent, on average.
Categories: News (Scientific)

Scientists capture images of antibodies working together against malaria

Science Daily - Malaria - October 23, 2018 - 19:00
Scientists investigating how the human immune system defends against malaria have uncovered a rare phenomenon: antibodies working together to bind to a vulnerable spot on the parasite.
Categories: News (Scientific)

Malaria Treatment and Pregnancy

Malaria.com news - October 23, 2018 - 17:30
Question: Can I take anti malaria to treat a diagnosed malaria disease at 39 weeks of pregnancy without it affecting my estimated delivery date (EDD).

Malaria Dataset

Malaria.com news - October 18, 2018 - 17:28
Question: What is the available malaria image data set for research purpose? Answer: I’m not sure what you mean by image data sets for research purposes. The Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) has a section dedicated to malaria, where researchers can share datasets. The link is here: https://www.iddo.org/research-themes/malaria. For images specifically, you may need to reach out […]

New approach for controlling dengue fever and Zika virus

Science Daily - Malaria - October 18, 2018 - 01:17
To be able to reproduce and become effective disease carriers, mosquitoes must first attain optimal body size and nutritional status. A pair of researchers have succeeded in using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful tool for altering DNA sequences and modifying gene function, to decrease mosquito body size, moving the research one step closer to eliminating mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and Zika virus.
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Human and cattle decoys trap malaria mosquitoes outdoors

Science Daily - Malaria - October 15, 2018 - 12:46
Host decoy traps which mimic humans or cattle by combining odor, heat and a conspicuous visual stimulus could be effective at measuring and controlling outdoor-biting mosquitoes in malaria endemic regions.
Categories: News (Scientific)

Malaria Trend of 5 to 10 years – Ethiopia

Malaria.com news - October 14, 2018 - 16:53
Question: What is the trend of malaria in different regions of Ethiopia?

Fruit fly protein could be new tool in tackling disease-carrying mosquitoes

Science Daily - Malaria - October 11, 2018 - 15:24
An insulin-binding protein in fruit flies could provide new opportunities for tackling disease-carrying mosquitoes, such as malaria and yellow fever.
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Injectable Artemether-only Treatment Something to Be Concerned About?

Malaria.com news - October 10, 2018 - 16:21
Question: Hello, I’m wondering if I should be worried about whether my malaria will come back or not. I came down with Falciparum in the US and was treated with malarone pills (four pills a day for three days); was ill enough to be hospitalized, but did not have severe malaria. About a week and […]

Increased cyto-adhesion of malaria parasites during fever uncovered

Science Daily - Malaria - October 9, 2018 - 15:50
New research shows how the cyto-adhesion of plasmodium-infected red blood cells is enhanced at febrile temperatures.
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Potential assay artefacts in anti-malarial screening documented

Science Daily - Malaria - October 9, 2018 - 14:25
Researchers have documented the permissible limits of a number of chemicals that are often part of anti-malarial efficacy tests. Their results provide a previously undetermined dataset on drug reconstitution conditions at which both the red cell integrity and plasmodium growth and proliferation are not compromised.
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Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria

Science Daily - Malaria - October 9, 2018 - 13:15
Scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that prevents mosquitoes from spreading malaria among humans. This unique approach -- in which immunized humans transfer anti-malarial proteins to mosquitoes when bitten -- is called a transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV). A new biotech advancement moves us closer to this goal.
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How malaria infection activates natural killer cells

Science Daily - Malaria - October 4, 2018 - 18:39
Malaria-infected red blood cells trigger the immune system's first line of defense by releasing small vesicles that activate a pathogen recognition receptor called MDA5, according to a new study.
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Rewriting the textbook on how steroid hormones enter cells

Science Daily - Malaria - October 4, 2018 - 18:39
A discovery may open up new ways to control steroid hormone-mediated processes, including growth and development in insects, and sexual maturation, immunity, and cancer progression in humans.
Categories: News (Scientific)

Malaria parasites adapt to mosquito feeding times, study shows

Science Daily - Malaria - October 4, 2018 - 15:00
Malaria parasites have evolved to be most infectious at the time of day when mosquitoes feed, to maximize their chances of being spread.
Categories: News (Scientific)

Tiger mosquitoes are capable of transmitting yellow fever

Science Daily - Malaria - September 26, 2018 - 15:08
Since December 2016, Brazil has been grappling with its worst yellow fever outbreak for several decades. Research has now demonstrated that the yellow fever virus can be transmitted via Aedes albopictus, the tiger mosquito. This opportunistic species is capable of colonizing both urban and forest areas.
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