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Malaria-carrying parasites spread more when they can jump into multiple birds

Science Daily - Malaria - April 30, 2018 - 20:04
A study found that blood parasites that cause malaria spread more widely if they can use many different kinds of birds as hosts. But even those 'generalist' parasites are limited.
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WHO: Urgent Call for End to Malaria Resurgence

Malaria.com news - April 25, 2018 - 16:59
The World Health Organization is joining a worldwide call to stop a resurgence of malaria that threatens much of the progress made over the past decade. To mark World Malaria Day, WHO is pushing for urgent action - and money - to get the global fight against this ancient scourge back on track.

A Worrying Trend – What if Malaria Control is Getting Harder?

Malaria.com news - April 25, 2018 - 16:36
The most recent World Malaria Report, released in late 2017, held some sobering news. For the first time in recent years, progress against malaria appears to have stalled. From 2010 to 2015, there were steady reductions in numbers of malaria cases, mirroring substantial reductions in the number of estimated deaths caused by malaria. However, in 2016, there were an estimated 5 million more cases worldwide than in 2015, with the number of deaths staying more or less constant, for the first time since 2000.

Engineered Chinese shrub produces high levels of antimalarial compound

Science Daily - Malaria - April 24, 2018 - 17:36
Artemisinin is a potent antimalarial compound produced naturally in low amounts by the Chinese shrub Artemisia annua, commonly known as sweet wormwood. Researchers in China now report a high-quality draft genome sequence of A. annua and their use of this information along with gene expression data to metabolically engineer plant lines that produce high levels of artemisinin.
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MIM 2018 Live Report Friday 20 April

MESA News - April 23, 2018 - 21:27
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Insecticide resistance in a major malaria vector

Science Daily - Malaria - April 20, 2018 - 16:28
Researchers have shown the rapid selection of a novel P450 enzyme leading to insecticide resistance in a major malaria vector.
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Unique protein is a vulnerability in the malaria parasite

Science Daily - Malaria - April 18, 2018 - 15:16
The malaria parasite is highly dependent on a unique protein for infecting new mosquitoes. This protein could be a target for the development of new drugs.
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AMF recognized by Her Majesty The Queen - Commonwealth Point of Light

Against Malaria news - April 18, 2018 - 08:22

AMF is delighted and honored that founder Rob Mather has been presented with the Commonwealth's 53rd Point of Light award, representing the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth Points of Light are awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to recognize outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community.

The award for Rob was presented by HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, on 16th April, the opening day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre.

Rob said:

“It is an honour to have the work of the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) recognised in this way. Many people and organisations have supported AMF in a voluntary capacity over many years and this recognition is of them also as AMF would not have been able to contribute in the way it has without them.

“All of us at AMF are passionate about contributing to the reduction and eventual elimination of malaria. My own motivation has been simple. My four children go to sleep at night where a mosquito bite would lead to an annoying itch. Many other people have children and family members for whom the consequences of a mosquito bite could be severe illness, or far worse, so we won’t stop working as a team and with many partners until that has been changed.”

Commonwealth Points of Light 2018 (incl short video)
Point of Light award

MIM 2018 Live Report Tuesday 17 April

MESA News - April 18, 2018 - 01:09
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Malaria: Mosquitoes reveal fatal attraction

Science Daily - Malaria - April 16, 2018 - 22:56
Malaria causes the bodies of its human hosts to emit specific odors from the skin that make the hosts even more attractive to mosquitoes, which invites further bites and risks infection of more mosquitoes and wider transmission of the disease. It's a vicious circle but one that has enabled researchers to identify the odors as organic hydrocarbons whose discovery could bring relief to a disease that claimed nearly half a million lives in 2016.
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MIM 2018 Live Report Day 1

MESA News - April 16, 2018 - 22:30
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MIM 2018 Live Report Opening Ceremony

MESA News - April 16, 2018 - 01:44
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Temperature affects insecticide efficacy against malaria vectors

Science Daily - Malaria - April 13, 2018 - 17:36
Ambient temperature has a marked effect on the toxicity of the most commonly used insecticides for malaria control, according to a new study. The results underline the need to evaluate the efficacy of these chemicals under real field conditions.
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A simple tool for doubling down on disease control

Science Daily - Malaria - April 12, 2018 - 19:45
A team global health researchers have created a web-based tool that allows public health officials to assess the cost-effectiveness and benefits of disease control initiatives in countries around the world.
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20-year-old mystery of malaria vaccine target solved

Science Daily - Malaria - April 9, 2018 - 20:13
The human piece of a malaria infection puzzle has been revealed for the first time, solving a long-standing mystery. A protein displayed on the surface of malaria parasites called 'TRAP' is a high-priority vaccine target, but how it interacts with human host cells has remained a puzzle. Scientists have discovered a receptor protein on the surface of human cells that the TRAP protein interacts with as it navigates through the body.
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US$160m milestone passed!

Against Malaria news - April 6, 2018 - 14:38

We have now reached US$160 million raised - thanks to a donation from London, England!

We have also just passed 316,000 donations received, with this coming from over 102,000 people in 187 countries! As always, our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and generosity.

You can see all of our previous milestones on our Milestones page.

A Zika vaccine could virtually eliminate prenatal infections, model shows

Science Daily - Malaria - April 2, 2018 - 21:10
A Zika vaccine could have a substantial effect on mitigating and preventing future Zika virus outbreaks. Through a combination of direct protection and indirect reduction of transmissions, virtual elimination is achievable, even with imperfect vaccine efficacy and coverage, according to a new computer model.
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