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Diagnosing cancer with malaria protein: New method discovered

Science Daily - Malaria - August 16, 2018 - 14:55
Researchers have discovered a method of diagnosing a broad range of cancers at their early stages by utilizing a particular malaria protein, which sticks to cancer cells in blood samples. The researchers hope that this method can be used in cancer screenings in the near future.
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New type of bed net could help fight against malaria

Science Daily - Malaria - August 10, 2018 - 23:51
A new type of bed net could prevent millions of cases of malaria, according to new research.
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The case for greater focus on mosquitoes, ticks in epidemiology

Science Daily - Malaria - August 2, 2018 - 14:24
The textbook approach to managing disease outbreaks focuses on three factors -- pathogen, host, and environment -- but it leaves out one critical component in the case of afflictions such as Zika, malaria, and Lyme: the insect or arthropod responsible for transmission to humans. A new report proposes a new version of the classic 'epidemiologic triad' that better reflects the complexities of managing vector-borne diseases.
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Are We Doing Enough for Malaria Research? news - August 1, 2018 - 00:41
I used the World RePORT online app to investigate some key questions raised by the recent Malaria Futures for Africa report. Earlier this year, the Malaria Futures for Africa (MalaFA) report was released. A large opinion research study, incorporating views and insights from top malaria experts in government, academia, and non-governmental organizations across Africa, the […]

Sequencing a malaria mosquito's motherline

Science Daily - Malaria - July 30, 2018 - 19:47
A team led by scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has sequenced and annotated the first complete mitochondrial genome of Anopheles funestus, one of the main vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
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A new climate model can predict dengue outbreaks in the Caribbean region

Science Daily - Malaria - July 30, 2018 - 13:49
The risk of outbreaks is highest after a period of drought followed by intense rainfall several months later.
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Milestone: 75 million nets!

Against Malaria news - July 25, 2018 - 15:41

We are delighted to say we have now reached a cumulative total since AMF started of 75 million nets funded or able to be funded!

This has been possible through the support of 111,000 people in 189 countries who have made 348,468 donations. Thank you!

Once all are distributed, these nets, protecting 135 million people, can be expected to prevent the deaths of 50,000 to 70,000 people and avert 50 to 70 million cases of malaria.

Our first net distribution was in 2006 and was of 3,000 nets and our largest distribution to date has been of 12.8m nets in 2017. The total number of nets distributed or planned for distribution is 41.5m nets and distributions totalling more than 30m nets are being assessed now. The net distributions we now fund are multiple millions of nets at a time as this is the way we can best contribute to the fight against malaria.

There is a significant gap between the nets we can fund and the requests we currently have so we will continue to work hard to contribute all we can to close the net gap.

Risk factors linked to chikungunya and dengue outbreaks

Science Daily - Malaria - July 24, 2018 - 15:40
In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers analyzed chikungunya and dengue outbreak data from 76 countries over a period of 50 years, focusing on regions across the Indian Ocean. The analysis of 1959-2009 data revealed that population density and proximity to a country already experiencing an outbreak were the factors most closely associated with a country's own likelihood of experiencing an outbreak.
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Good read: 'Mosquito: The Story of Man's Deadliest Foe'

Against Malaria news - July 24, 2018 - 14:30

This is an accessible book that tells the story of malaria very well.

I have just finished reading it and would recommend it if you are looking for an easy, enjoyable read that leaves you with a much greater understanding of the how and why of malaria.

The book focuses on people and countries and is not at all technical. I was very impressed and have bought a copy for each of the AMF team.

Dr Andrew Spielman and Michael D'Antonio wrote the book in 2002 so it doesn’t cover the last 15+ years of progress fighting malaria but it is no less relevant for that. In fact, many of the stories of malaria – the victories and subsequent resurgence – are as relevant today as when the book was written.

If you have recommendations for other books that similarly tell well the story of malaria please do let me know.

Declaration: I have no connection with the authors and neither AMF, nor anyone associated with AMF, has any financial interest in the book or its sales.

The need for speed: Why malaria parasites are faster than human immune cells

Science Daily - Malaria - July 20, 2018 - 16:52
Elementary cytoskeleton protein is different in parasites and represents a starting point for a possible new therapy against malaria infections.
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Deadly Rift Valley fever: New insight, and hope for the future

Science Daily - Malaria - July 19, 2018 - 14:12
Health control measures alone could be ineffective in the long term fight against the deadly Rift Valley fever which affects both humans and animals, a new study reports.
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Congratulations to extraordinary Atlantic Challenge 'Oardinary Boys' Oli and George

Against Malaria news - July 16, 2018 - 14:33

Hot on the heels of our previous blogpost, albeit completed before, we’d like to offer our admiration and congratulations to the not-so Oardinary Boys, Oli Glanville and George Randell, for successfully Rowing the Atlantic - 3,000 miles in a very small boat.

And they didn’t just row it, they smashed it: they are now the second fastest pair in history to row the Atlantic.

Oli and George took part in the 2017 Talisker Atlantic Challenge, setting off from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands at 6am UTC on 14 December 2017. They made land in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda at 22:01 UTC on 20 January 2018, just 37 days, 16 hours and 1 minute later.

This is an extraordinary challenge: 2 hours rowing, 2 hours rest, for a period of up to 60 days. Relentless. Non-stop. Burning 10,000 calories a day, consuming 6,000. You lose 20% of your body weight. 1.5 million oar strokes. It would require paragraphs here to give even a flavour of the dedication, training, strength – both physical and mental – discomfort and pain that goes into completing a successful Atlantic Challenge. We'll leave you to imagine it, if you can.

Oli and George chose to have two charities benefit from their pain and efforts, Alzheimer's Research UK and AMF.

We are delighted to report they raised an extraOARdinary £51,862 for AMF, 100% of which has been used to buy 35,177 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to protect 64,000 people when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes - that would otherwise cause severe illness, or worse. That's the equivalent of 128 entire villages covered. These nets can be expected to save the lives of 20 to 25 people and prevent 25,000 cases of malaria.

Oarsome. HUGE congratulations Oli and George – and thank you.

Congratulations to Anna Doubell on her English Channel Swim

Against Malaria news - July 16, 2018 - 13:20

We don't generally blog about a fundraising event, completed or otherwise, but an English Channel Swim is different.

What's different is that it is an extraordinary challenge. It is rightly one of the iconic challenges. 21 miles, as the crow flies, you and a swim suit and some grease to keep you warm-er. It requires years of training, courage, fitness and a never-give-up attitude. You have to swim some of it in the dark, cope with the wind, tides, swells, jellyfish and possibly sea-sickness when you are close to physical and mental exhaustion. You can't touch the support boat and are burning calories faster than you can take them in. Most failed attempts come through people running out of stamina - physical or mental.

So, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to Anna Doubell for successfully completing her English Channel swim! An incredible achievement. Anna swam the channel in 12 hours and 24 minutes.

Anna has also raised A$8,444 (at time of writing) for AMF that will fund 3,131 long-lasting insecticidal nets that will protect 5,600 people when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that would otherwise cause severe illness, or worse.

Anna, a huge well done - and thank you.

PS: If you’d like to understand a little of what it takes to be a Channel Swimmer, watch this.

Target for novel malaria vaccine identified

Science Daily - Malaria - July 13, 2018 - 13:35
Researchers have created a vaccine that protects against malaria infection in mouse models, paving the way for the development of a human vaccine that works by targeting the specific protein that parasites use to evade the immune system.
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Accounts for FY to 30 June 2018 (unaudited) now available

Against Malaria news - July 9, 2018 - 17:33

Our Financial Year has just ended and, as part of our commitment to efficiency, our annual accounts have been generated and are available to view on our Easier-to-understand accounts page.

We are able to show our pre-audit numbers within a few hours of the end of our financial year due to the level of automation of our financial systems which brings a number of benefits:

  1. Accurate management information - On any aspect of our finances at any time
  2. Improved transparency - For management, governance and audit purposes
  3. Improved efficiency - Minimal administrative input to prepare the accounts at year end (data is entered most working days during the year)
  4. Swift production of our annual accounts - Within 24 hours of the FY end i.e. once the closing balances on our accounts are known the next day
  5. Assisting our auditors - Swift availability of our draft annual accounts to give our auditors maximum flexibility in scheduling their work
  6. Keeping stakeholders up to date – Providing donors, trustees and other stakeholders with timely information on our financial status and performance

A further benefit is we now have 'real-time' financials in our 'Easier-to-Understand' section of our financial information.

Note: We have posted this today, rather than on Monday 2nd July, as this year we have been completing other developments in our internal financial management system.

New insights on mosquitoes that spread disease

Science Daily - Malaria - July 9, 2018 - 16:01
The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a highly invasive species and a vector of multiple pathogens including various viruses, such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. A new Medical and Veterinary Entomology study that evaluated the relationship between the mosquito's presence and habitat variables at a small scale provides important information for planning effective prevention and control campaigns.
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Certain antibodies against a sugar are associated with malaria protection

Science Daily - Malaria - July 9, 2018 - 16:01
Certain type of antibodies against alpha-Gal- a carbohydrate expressed by many organisms including the malaria parasite- could protect against malaria, according to a new study. The resultsindicate that a-Gal is an interesting candidate to include in future vaccines against malaria and other infectious diseases.
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New vaccine candidates for malaria

Science Daily - Malaria - July 6, 2018 - 19:08
Researchers have shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria. This amino acid sequence, an antigen, is similar among P. falciparum strains elsewhere in the world, suggesting that this antigen would make a good target for a malaria vaccine.
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AMF funds 3.86 million nets for distribution in Guinea from March to April 2019

Against Malaria news - July 4, 2018 - 12:00

AMF has signed an agreement with the Guinea Ministry of Health to fund 3.86 million nets for distribution from March to April 2019. This represents 45% of Guinea's long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) need for their 2019 universal coverage campaign and a financial contribution of 25% of the cost of the universal coverage campaign.

The nets will be distributed in all 20 prefectures of four of Guinea’s regions, specifically Boké, Faranah, Kankan and Nzérékoré.

In total, 6.9 million people will be protected when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes – which would otherwise cause servere illness, or worse. Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Guinea, with high incidence levels seen across the majority of the country. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 14,933 individual donations from 6,954 donors from 80 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 3,860,000 LLINs for distribution in 2019 with the possibility of this rising to 5 million nets if registration data reliably indicates a higher population figure than that used in planning
  • This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Global Fund and the President's Malaria Initiative
  • '105%' data collection will be used for the household-level registration process to support accurate data gathering – 5% of households will be re-visited as a check on registration numbers
  • 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 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 six months for two and a half years in all four regions. AMF will fund this.

Further information

Promising new tool to measure antibodies against malaria

Science Daily - Malaria - July 3, 2018 - 14:59
Antibodies against multiple Plasmodium falciparum proteins (or antigens) can be measured using a simple, accurate and reproducible assay that requires very small amounts of blood. Researchers report the development and optimization of several 'quantitative suspension array' assays (qSAT) that could help assess natural and vaccine-induced responses to malaria and other parasites.
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