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New from MESA : Reflecting on 2020 and what to expect for 2021 - A conversation with Prof Halidou Tinto

January 13, 2021 - 18:05 -- MESA Alliance


Interview by MESA

Professor Halidou Tinto (Institute of Research in Health Sciences (IRSS) - Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), Burkina Faso) discusses his research activities on malaria clinical trials and reflects on all the challenges faced during 2020 and how he foresees 2021.

Norms, standards and processes underpinning WHO vector control policy recommendations

January 11, 2021 - 16:45 -- Malaria World


Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) result in high levels of morbidity and mortality, and disproportionately affect some of the world's poorest populations. However, there are currently few effective tools to combat transmission of vector-borne pathogens, making the development of new tools and strategies of paramount importance.

Covid, Africa and Schistosomiasis

January 5, 2021 - 19:55 -- Pierre Lutgen

In an April 10 interview, American philanthropist Melinda Gates expressed her belief that the coronavirus pandemic will have the worst impact in the developing world. She said she foresees bodies lying around in the street of African countries. It is quite surprising to see that although there have been shocking reports of hospitals overwhelmed with patients in the US and in other Western countries, the billionaire philanthropist and others like her still choose to talk about dead bodies in Africa. Gates is not the only one to be predicting total doom in Africa.

Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) meeting (December 2020)

December 31, 2020 - 11:07 -- Malaria World

On 3–4 December 2020, the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) convened virtually to review updates and progress, and to provide guidance on thematic areas of work by the Global Malaria Programme. The virtual meeting focused on 5 topics: 1) an update on the Malaria surveillance assessment toolkit; 2) an update on the “High burden to high impact (HBHI)” approach, including a partner perspective from the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, use of strategic information to drive impact, and country support; 3) an update on the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030 (GTS); 4) an update on the consolidated WHO Guidelines for malaria; and 5) an update on the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP).

Countries of the Greater Mekong ready for the “last mile” of malaria elimination

December 31, 2020 - 10:59 -- Malaria World


Bulletin 9 of the Mekong Malaria Elimination programme, World Health Organization Situation report, 21 December 2020

Despite the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and antimalarial drug resistance, the 6 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) – Cambodia, China (Yunnan Province), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam –  have continued to achieve great progress towards the malaria elimination targets outlined in the Strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong subregion (2015-2030).

Is temporal Plasmodium vivax malarial recurrence information useful?

December 30, 2020 - 23:12 -- Miles Markus

A lot of attention has been paid over the years to when exactly recurrent clinical Plasmodium vivax malarial episodes take place, both old and recent literature on this subject often being cited by authors today. Does this recurrence information prove much, however? In other words, how important is it to know details of the timing and frequency of non-reinfection recurrences when these recurrences are of unknown origin (as explained below)?

New from MESA: New! Access malaria funding opportunities, training, events and more in the MESA Opportunities tool

December 24, 2020 - 12:22 -- MESA Alliance


Opportunities for funding, training, as well as malaria events, are now centralised and organised in this new malaria calendar. Key dates and deadlines are collected in this new feature, enabling the malaria community to know what is happening and when and plan accordingly. 

Add relevant entries to your calendar and share among your networks and colleagues to not miss any opportunity! 

Browse the calendar here

Podcast: Shedding Enzyme Essential for Parasite Survival

December 21, 2020 - 16:00 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 18 December 2020
Researchers find that SUB2, a malaria parasite enzyme, helps the parasite survive in the human host and new research characterises cerebral malaria infection in adults and children.
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