WHO guidelines for malaria vector control
The Guidelines for malaria vector control provide a “one-stop shop” for all countries and partners working to implement effective malaria vector control measures. They cover the 2 core malaria vector control interventions – ITNs and IRS – as well as supplementary interventions, namely chemical and biological larvicides, and personal protection measures, such as the use of topical repellents. Read more
Reminder: Project Manager Malaria at ISGlobal
ISGlobal is looking for an experienced Project Manager for the Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa (BOHEMIA) project. Deadline for applications is 15 April 2019. Read more
Reminder: Clinical Trial Manager Malaria at ISGlobal
ISGlobal is looking for an experienced Clinical Trial Manager for the the Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa (BOHEMIA) project. Read more
Global Malaria News
Mass drug administration against malaria seen effective
SciDev.Net, 4 March 2019
Medical researchers say that mass administration of combination drugs can stop the transmission of malaria caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite and reduce its prevalence in South-East Asian countries, where resistance of the disease to artemisinin, the standard drug, has hampered elimination efforts. Read more
A quick path to antimalarial resistance
ScienceDaily, 4 March 2019
Resistance to antimalarial drugs is thought to result mainly from changes in the parasite's genome. However, P. falciparum can also develop resistance to some antimalarial compounds by epigenetic changes, according to a new study. This is of concern because resistance acquired at the epigenetic level can arise quickly, even during the course of a single infection. Read more
Earlier emergence of malaria in Africa
ScienceDaily, 28 February 2019
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death by an infectious agent, the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. In research on malaria, the genetic mutation that causes sickle cell anemia (also known as drepanocytosis), a chronic disease that is often fatal in children under five, caught the attention of the scientific community very early on because it also provides protection against malaria. Read more
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WHO has just published its toolkit for Integrated Vector Management in sub-Saharan Africa. It is attached here for your perusal (and use!).
This toolkit for integrated vector management (IVM) is designed to help national and regional programme managers coordinate across sectors to design and run large IVM programmes. It is an extension of earlier guidance and teaching material provided by WHO: Handbook for integrated vector management , Monitoring and evaluation indicators for integrated vector management , Guidance on policy-making for integrated vector management and Core structure for training curricula on integrated vector management.