The BioMalPar conference takes place in Germany, Venezuela experiences malaria resurgence in humanitarian crisis and the BBC showcase efforts to fight malaria in Sierra Leone.
All malaria-endemic countries in Africa are on a sliding scale towards a malaria-free future. Bold and ambitious goals around malaria elimination were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 through target 3.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals; by Africa’s leaders through the Africa Agenda 2063; and by the World Health Assembly in May 2015 through the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030, known as the GTS. The GTS has four 2030 goals and targets: reduce malaria mortality rates globally by at least 90% compared with 2015; reduce malaria case incidence globally by at least 90% compared with 2015; eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries in which malaria was transmitted in 2015; and prevent re-establishment of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free. The post-2015 period therefore presents a scenario of bold reforms intended to actualize a malaria-free future. In order to align the GTS to the African context, the Framework for implementing the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 in the African Region was developed.
Oftentimes when referring to global health crises around the globe, the circulating mindset whether in media or conversation is that if burdened communities knew how to protect themselves better, they would not suffer as extensively as they do. My time in Kigali, Rwanda taught me differently.
Working the night shift on Malaria's frontline in Sierra Leone
It's night-time at Ola During Children's Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone and doctors Nehlama Barrie and Winstina Gbondo are on shift. Most nights here see children die of Malaria complications but a free health programme has given them a fighting chance of saving lives.
Filmmakers: Paul Myles and Zoe Jewell
Producer: Abdul Samba Brima
Editor: Brad Hayward
27 May 2019
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Algeria and Argentina certified ‘malaria-free’ by WHO, journalists from high burden countries begin RBM media fellowship and Dr Pedro Alonso speaks at the World Health Assembly.
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World Health Organization, Geneva, 22 May 2019
Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years.
The 5th International conference on Malaria Vaccines for the World (MVW) was held on May 8-10 at the University of Oxford, UK. The current status of new technologies, vaccine candidates, clinical trials and the RTS/s implementation studies were discussed during three intensive days, and here you can read coverage of each session from the MESA Correspondents.
- Poor quality anti-malarial drugs causing resistance to develop
- Quality control of drugs essential at all stages before administration
- Health professionals must be trained to detect substandard drugs