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Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "Role and status of bednets, IRS and insecticide resistance in Asia Pacific"

April 14, 2021 - 09:47 -- Malaria World

Ever since the inception of knowledge-based malaria control more than a century ago, vector control has been the primary strategy for combatting malaria. In recent decades, the focus has been on the use of Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs) and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) of insecticides. In Asia Pacific, much of the transmission occurs outdoors, and such outdoor transmission is a major driver of residual malaria.

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "New tools to reach outdoor-biting malaria vectors"

April 7, 2021 - 12:31 -- Malaria World

Bednets and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) have been the mainstay interventions against malaria in recent decades. Together, these tools have translated in dramatic reductions in global malaria cases. Many nations approaching the pre-elimination phase still have residual malaria, largely as a result of outdoor transmission.

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "Forest-goers and residual malaria: Addressing the challenge"

March 31, 2021 - 14:51 -- Malaria World

Countries in the Asia Pacific region have done extremely well in achieving impressing levels of malaria reduction, but many still face the challenges of pernicious residual malaria. In Greater Mekong Subregion, much of this remaining malaria occurs within remote forested areas among forest-goers and mobile populations, where transmission happens outdoors. In these situations, bed nets and indoor spraying are not effective. Much has been published and debated on the subject but remains as intractable a challenge as ever. What to do about it?

View the APMEN Tech Talk "Sampling methods for adult malaria vectors"

March 25, 2021 - 13:42 -- Malaria World

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) Vector Control Working Group is hosting a series of vector-related webinars to keep the elimination momentum.

View the recordings of the APMEN Tech Talk "Sampling methods for adult malaria vectors" - recorded on 28 April 2020

El Salvador certified as malaria-free by WHO

March 2, 2021 - 10:10 -- Malaria World

 

World Health Organization News Release, 25 February 2021

El Salvador is first Central American country to achieve this status, third in all of the Americas in recent years

El Salvador today became the first country in Central America to be awarded a certification of malaria elimination by the World Health Organization (WHO). The certification follows more than 50 years of commitment by the Salvadoran government and people to ending the disease in a country with dense population and geography hospitable to malaria.

ZzappMalaria selected as finalist for $5M IBM XPRIZE “AI for Good” Competition

February 23, 2021 - 17:13 -- Malaria World

 

A smart app for cost-effective planning, executing, and monitoring of large-scale operations

An Israeli startup that developed smart malaria elimination software has been named one of the three finalists of the AI XPRIZE competition, sponsored by IBM Watson, for 2021. The competition challenges entrants to present projects that harness artificial intelligence (AI) to address societal and global challenges.

Updating WHO’s global strategy for malaria

February 11, 2021 - 16:20 -- Malaria World

 

Representatives from malaria-affected countries and partner organizations gathered on 28 January in a WHO virtual forum to share feedback and perspectives on the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030.  Inputs from a diverse group of stakeholders will be reflected in an updated strategy, which will be published in June 2021.

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