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September 24, 2020 - 15:24 -- Ingeborg van Schayk



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Vector Biology and Control: An Update for Malaria Elimination Initiative in India
Edited by Vas Dev, M.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D (Notre Dame), FNASc. The National Academy of Sciences, India 2020.
This book was commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences, India to spread the current knowledge of the mosquito vectors of human malaria and control options in different geo-epidemiological risk-zones of India... Read more and download this book

 


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Open Access Book - Vector Biology and Control: An Update for Malaria Elimination Initiative in India

September 19, 2020 - 10:54 -- Malaria World

Edited by Vas Dev, M.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D (Notre Dame), FNASc
The National Academy of Sciences, India 2020

This book was commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences, India to spread the current knowledge of the mosquito vectors of human malaria and control options in different geo-epidemiological risk-zones of India. Given the clarion call for malaria elimination by 2027, understanding vector bionomics in the changing ecological context is of paramount importance to formulate species-specific intervention strategies to disrupt transmission of malaria. India is fast accelerating towards the ambitious goal of malaria elimination presenting a window of opportunity for scaling up interventions and developing stronger health systems for universal coverage. This book is of immediate relevance to programme/policy managers and researchers alike, reinforcing continued research on innovative technologies for sustainable control helping end transmission for good in the foreseeable future towards envious goal of a malaria-free world.

For the free pdf of this book please see attachement or download this book here.

Podcast: Multidose Priming and Delayed Boosting Improves PfSPZ Vaccine Efficacy

September 18, 2020 - 11:51 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 18 September 2020
Multi-dose priming and delayed boosting improves PfSPZ protection against different strains of malaria, and registration opens for this year’s Molecular Parasitology Meeting.
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New from MESA: Volunteer as MESA Correspondent to report from the virtual ASTMH Annual Meeting

September 16, 2020 - 09:53 -- MESA Alliance

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) is seeking volunteers as MESA Correspondents to report from the virtual ASTMH Annual Meeting happening on November 15 - 19, 2020.

Malaria and COVID-19: country perspectives

September 10, 2020 - 11:31 -- Malaria World

How have country-based malaria experts adapted to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19? What successes have they achieved, and where are the remaining gaps?  In a virtual forum on 3 September, 10 Ministry of Health representatives shared their experiences and reflections; you can watch their presentations below.

On 4 September, participants heard from senior political and health leaders from 2 regions that are heavily impacted by malaria; you will find below the presentations of WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, India’s Health Secretary and the Ugandan Minister of Health.

Podcast: Host-Directed Interventions Could Reduce Malaria Burden

September 1, 2020 - 13:01 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 28 August 2020
Inhibiting human protein kinases, which are activated by the malaria parasite, could reduce the malaria burden, and researchers explore the use of AI in automating malaria diagnosis.
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Immunoglobulins and lactoferrrin against viral attacks

August 31, 2020 - 18:33 -- Pierre Lutgen

Pascal Gisenya, Pierre Lutgen

Mucosal surfaces represent a major interface between host and environment. They constitute the point of entry of most infectious pathogens, and are in contact with potentially injurious antigens present in the normal mucosal microflora and in ingested or inhaled substances.

MUCOSAL LININGS ARE RICH IN IMMUNOGLOBULINS

Older adults, Zinc deficiency, Artemisia and Corona

August 19, 2020 - 19:57 -- Pierre Lutgen

submitted by Pierre Lutgen, Jerome Munyangi and Mutaz Akkawi

Zinc (Zn) plays an essential role in many biological processes including immune response. Impaired Zn status promotes immune dysfunction, and it has been associated with enhanced chronic inflammation during aging. Zinc has a pivotal role in the entire immune system fostering resistance to infections by virus, fungi and bacteria. The immune system is strongly impaired by zinc deficiency, predominantly the cell-mediated response by T-lymphocytes.

Podcast: Peptide-Based PD1 Antagonist Stimulates T Cell Responses

August 15, 2020 - 14:05 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 14 August 2020
A peptide derived from Bacillus bacteria stimulates the production of T cells prophylactically and therapeutically, and researchers explore the use of satellite imagery to assess the suitability of malaria vectors in different geographies.
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New from MESA: Malaria Consortium updates its research and implementation activities in MESA Track

August 12, 2020 - 18:02 -- MESA Alliance

Malaria Consortium’s work includes technical assistance, implementation and research activities. One of the main goals of the organisation is to identify innovative approaches for monitoring, evaluation and surveillance systems, and high-quality implementation research leading to evidence-based strategies for the control and eventual elimination of malaria. Browse MESA Track to discover their research efforts in more than 10 countries.

Podcast: New Insights Into Erythrocyte-Binding Plasmodium Protein

July 31, 2020 - 10:38 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 31 August 2020
Scientists publish new insights into Plasmodium falciparum P2, and the IDDO launch an online tool to map the prevalence of substandard and falsified antimalarial drugs around the world.
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New from MESA: Plasmodium vivax research: A conversation with ICREA Prof Hernando A. del Portillo

July 29, 2020 - 11:41 -- MESA Alliance

ICREA Prof Hernando A. del Portillo studied molecular aspects of parasites at the University of Georgia, USA, where he received his PhD, followed by two WHO postdoctoral trainings at the New York University Medical Centre (USA) and the Institut Pasteur (France) where he specialized in molecular biology of malaria parasites. Since then, he has pursued molecular studies in Plasmodium vivax malaria to unveil the mechanisms of virulence and to develop rational control strategies in different institutions.

New from MESA: The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) celebrates 15 years of partnership and shares over 100 operational research projects in MESA Track

July 28, 2020 - 16:39 -- MESA Alliance

Since 2006, PMI has partnered with countries hardest hit by malaria, supporting introduction and scaling of proven, life-saving malaria interventions protecting more than 570 million people at risk annually. In countries where PMI works, their investments have significantly contributed to a 27% decline in malaria cases and a 60% decline in malaria deaths.

Omega-rich oils are efficient against malaria, but may enhance viral infections

July 21, 2020 - 07:43 -- Pierre Lutgen

In a recent review paper we described the strong antimalarial properties of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), but also raised some concerns about the potential risks for viral infections.

            Jérôme Munyangi, Pierre Lutgen, Artemisia plants, arachidonic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids. Malaria World Journal MWJ 2020, 11:3.

Podcast: Plasmodium Mimics NK-Inhibitor to Evade Immune Response

July 20, 2020 - 09:20 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 17 July 2020
Researchers find that the malaria parasite mimics a natural molecule that inhibits the release of NK cells, and the effect of insecticide resistance on the reproductive potential of Anopheles coluzzii mosquitoes has been revealed.
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Podcast: Mass Drug Administration for Malaria Elimination in Zambia

July 10, 2020 - 12:41 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 10 July 2020

Zambian study reveals that mass drug administration is safe, logistically feasible, accepted by communities, and effective in reducing malaria prevalence in the short term, and the Medicines for Malaria Venture launch Malaria Libre, an open-source drug discovery programme.
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Podcast: Extent of Insecticide Resistance in Africa Revealed

July 3, 2020 - 08:27 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 03 July 2020

The prevalence of insecticide resistance increases in Africa and researchers find that the malaria parasite interferes with red blood cell development to ensure gametocyte maturation.

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Podcast: CDK5 Controls Atypical Replication of Plasmodium Parasite

June 26, 2020 - 14:49 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 26 June 2020

CDK5 regulates atypical cell division in gametogony and is essential for DNA replication, and researchers assess whether two experimental vaccines can be combined to create a multistage vaccine against malaria.

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New from MESA: Towards a vaccine for Plasmodium vivax (ongoing)

June 25, 2020 - 12:45 -- MESA Alliance

Malaria-free world has been an ultimate goal embraced by WHO just decade after its foundation, however only 38 countries in temperate zone were able to eliminate malaria since then. In 2017, WHO Executive Board reasserted their full and firm support towards malaria eradication. The lancet commission on Malaria eradication has called for global experts and policy makers to agree upon an ambitious target of eradicating malaria by 2050.

New from MESA: Clinical Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Malaria Settings (ongoing)

June 25, 2020 - 12:35 -- MESA Alliance

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve it is essential to mitigate risk of increased incidence of other infectious diseases. In malaria-endemic regions, it will be important to understand the potential impact to epidemiological changes, trends in transmission, and clinical presentation of COVID-19 and malaria individually, and as co-infections.

Podcast: Recently Identified Quinoline Resistance Not Prevalent in Africa

June 15, 2020 - 10:51 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 12 June 2020

New mutations to the quinoline drug family identified in South America and Asia are not prevalent in Africa and scientists evaluate a new field-based malaria blood test.

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Malaria inhibits Covid

June 10, 2020 - 17:50 -- Pierre Lutgen

 

The role of immunoglobulines E

In January 2020 we published together with 3 medical doctors from Africa: “Jérôme, Munyangi, Pascal Gisenya, Patrick Ogwang …Immunoglobulins in the skin lead to long-lasting prophylaxis. Pharm Pharmacol Int Journal, PPIJ, 2020, Issue1”, a paper which, if widely spread, could have had a dramatic impact on the way the present Covid-19 crisis is handled.

One of the key findings of their work is that immunoglobulins are higher in malaria endemic areas.

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