For most part my colleagues Stella, Kabogo and I are often holed up in Malaria World, Nairobi office digging through hundreds of journals to pick out anything relevant to the “Malaria World”. Over the past weeks we have held discussions of what really happens out there, how is the war against malaria coming along? Are we loosing or winning?
Deadline submission abstract: 14 March 2011
Deadline submission poster: 15 April 2011
Presentation of poster: 26 April 2011
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
We see the news that the highlands of Tanzania are under threat of increased malaria due to the warming climate.
I live in Meyer and trust me it is here.
The amount of mosquitoes has increased greatly as with malaria.
well the best layed plans of mice and men as they say.
i have had a mozzi free sleep wothout nets for three years now, was i lulled into a false security... you bet i was.
i have three children and use our prototypes throughout our homes, never missing.
after some time you forget the issue and just go through the motions.
for over fifteen years i have studied Malaria and the pest that carries it.
for me the route of intent is as follows.
kill the pest in numbers that are significant enough to make a difference.
this is best done when the pest is in the need to bite stage, this is the time when danger is there for all of us.
UN-Experts on DDT recommend stricter rules when DDT is used for malaria vector control. Their report published ahead of the 5th Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP-5, Geneva April 25-29, 2011), shows more and more concern about effects of DDT on human health as well as on the environment. Their report was released last week, showing that the international community might be moving towards new rules on the use of DDT.
The editors of the open access general medical journal PLoS Medicine are delighted to announce the publication of a collection of 12 reviews, comprising three reflective pieces and nine research and development agendas, as part of a sponsored Supplement. The Collection comprises the output of countless hours of discussion and debate by those involved in the malERA initiative and we hope that by publishing this Collection better transparency in defining research priorities will be achieved for malariologists around the world. The articles also provide fascinating insights into what the selected malaria experts who took part agree are the priority research themes that must be tackled in order to eradicate malaria.
In July of 2010, the Mike Riehle lab reported that they had created a transgenic strain of Anopheles stephensi that was refractory to malaria (first author Corby-Harris (here and here). However, as they noted, there is no way to spread the transgene into wild populations thus making this an important laboratory finding waiting for an undeveloped drive mechanism. I’ll argue that this provides an opportunity rather than a hurdle. How? Read on.
Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics at Yale University. He uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political participation, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. Read his website here. I invited Chris to post his blog on malaria on the MW platform, shown below.
2011 is going to be an exciting year! I am venturing out of the academic boundaries (i.e. Universities) and will make my way to entrepreneurship. Together with 2 established colleagues I'm setting up a new business/research institute in The Neterlands. Our aim is to create innovative vector control solutions, in particular for disease-endemic countries.