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Can we maintain effectiveness of the tools?

May 17, 2012 - 12:30 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This week WHO reiterated the fragility of the gains the world has made over the last decade through intense deployment of vector control in the fight against malaria. Reuters published an online article on the matter titled 'Insecticide resistance threatens malaria fight'. In it, WHO Director General, Margaret Chan, warns of the seriousness of the situation in Africa and India. Apparently, in ever more places the toolbox, filled with four classes of chemicals, is gradually emptying.

Malaria elimination country briefings published by the UCSF Global Health Group

May 15, 2012 - 23:55 -- The Global Heal...
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The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) published 11 country briefings for the Asia Pacific which, for the first time, provide a comprehensive yet succinct overview of the history and current malaria situations in these countries.

How Not To Control Malaria

May 11, 2012 - 11:28 -- Patrick Sawa
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The cost of endemic malaria to Africa is overwhelming. Yet the effects of the disjointed, unfocused and mainly misdirected control efforts are visible and significant. We saw 216 Million case of malaria in 2011 and had 650000 deaths due to malaria in the same timeframe. When compared with almost 250 Million cases and 863000 deaths just a short three years earlier, the effect is clear. In spite of the plethora of effective tools available to us, the elimination of malaria will largely remain a pie in the sky.

How do these rare, rare mosquitoes survive? Notes from Pailin.

May 7, 2012 - 10:56 -- Derek Charlwood

Now as I see it a blog is sort of a diary.  So although I posted one the other day I would still like to share thoughts, bemusements, about the mosquitoes and malaria in Pailin, infamous for the fact that it was the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge (Pol Pot died from malaria here) and the place where resistance to artemisenine originated.  More recently it should be infamous for the rate and degree of deforestation.  This has, however, probably unwittingly been an extremely effective anti-vector measure.  The vector in this neck of the woods is the forest dwelling Anopheles dirus. 

Do we need to think more about gonotrophic cycles in mosquitoes and the effect they might have on parasite transmission?

May 5, 2012 - 15:32 -- Derek Charlwood
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There is apparently considerable discussion about early biting shifts in mosquitoes like An. arabiensis.  (Why this might be so I hope to describe below – but be warned in a recent submission a referee questioned the number of Charlwood references quoted – I had to reply well they are really the only ones I know, and no one reads them anymore so why not – a bit like insinuating an obscure word that no one has ever read before into a text! - so you might at least know what to expect if I write anymore of them. i.e.

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