In memoriam: Anuj Shah (1960-2016)
It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic loss of Anuj Shah, who was the CEO of A-Z Textile Mills Ltd. in Arusha, Tanzania. He passed away on 1 September after a short illness. Nick Brown from A-Z sent us a contribution, which you can read by clicking here.
The world, and particularly Africa, has lost a giant in malaria control. We wish his family and friends much strength in these difficult times. May his contributions and the millions of lives saved and cases of malaria averted because children could sleep under bednets produced by A-Z under his leadership always be remembered.
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This quarterly report, produced by Vector Works, is meant to update the malaria community in general, and particularly those interested in vector control, on recently published research related to the improvement or development of new or alternative vector control tools. The report summarizes relevant new studies and highlights possible interpretations and implications, and it provides links to the original work. Aspects of indoor residual spraying are not included here as they are addressed in another newsletter (http://www.africairs.net). Read on to discover the exciting new contributions to the vector control field.
The message below, from Dr. Pedro Alonso, the Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme was circulated today, 24 October 2015.
Last month there was great news for the malaria world: A detailed analysis of the impact of insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs), ACTs, and indoor residual spraying (IRS), showed that some 6.2 million deaths and 700 million cases were averted between 2000-2015, mostly since 2005. Add up the contribution of the vector control components, and it shows that 78% of all the gains originated from just these two tools: LLINs and IRS. Is it safe to draw the conclusion from this that vector control is and shall remain the integral and critical component that will lead us to a world without malaria by 2040? I think the answer to that is 'yes, very much so'.