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CLOSED: Event: Symposium Malaria, maternal and infant health

May 17, 2012 - 19:30 -- MalariaWorld Events

Organisation: AIGHD & AMC

Date: June 19th, 2012

Time: 12.30-17.00 hrs

Location: Academic Medical Center (AMC) Lecture Hall 5,    Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ, Amsterdam

Malaria, maternal and infant health; perspectives from Asia and Africa

Hosted by the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and the AMC Departments of Infectious Diseases and Global Health.

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The symposium

During pregnancy both Plasmodium falciparum infection and infection with P. vivax-parasites can have severe consequences for mother and child. At the Thai-Burmese border, researchers of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), led by Francois Nosten, have documented these precise observations well. Together with researchers from the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok they have published on many aspects of malaria and established a great reputation on a number of subjects that will be addressed during this symposium.


Two Dutch researchers will present parts of their PhD research at SMRU, including an ultrasound examination during pregnancy, whether or not complicated by malaria, and susceptibility to malaria during pregnancy, during childbirth, in the puerperium and with newborns. Both in Asia and Africa maternal mortality is a major problem. Besides malaria other causes play an important role, which are often of unknown origin. From both continents this important, underexposed issue will be raised.
Severe and complicated malaria continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Asia and Africa with children and adults. Disagreement remains about various aspects of the treatment. Recent research findings on parasitic and additional treatment and on fluid balance and shock control and possibilities of influencing the rheology are also discussed.

Preliminary program
last update: 1 March 2012

  • Location:  Academic Medical Center (AMC), Lecture Hall 5,    Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ, Amsterdam
  • Date:  June 19, 2012
  • Time:  13.00-17.00 hrs (12.30 - 13.00 registration / coffee and tea)

13.30-15.00 Malaria in pregnancy
Chairs: Martin Grobusch & Feiko ter Kuile
13.35-13.55 Deleterious effects of first trimester malaria
Rose McGready
13.55-14.15 Malaria in pregnancy: ultrasound studies of fetal growth
Marcus Rijken
14.15-14.35 Susceptibility to malaria during pregnancy, labour and post partum
Machteld Boel
14.35-14.50  Discussion
14.50-15.15  Tea/coffee break
15.15-17.00 Maternal Health
Chairs: Francois Nosten & Michael Boele van Hensbroek
15.15-15.35 Tip of the ice berg; hidden causes of maternal mortality
Rose McGready
15.35-15.55 Maternal mortality; a human rights’ violation
Jos van Roosmalen
15.55-16.05  Discussion
16.05-16.25 Developments in the management of severe malaria
Arjen Dondorp
16.35 Summing up and Closure
Martin Grobusch


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