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Winston Hide's courageous move

May 18, 2012 - 09:57 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This week, Harvard School of Public Health's Associate Professor Winston Hide made a courageous move: he resigned from being the associate editor of the journal Genomics (an Elsevier journal). Why? Because he could no longer accept the inability of scientists in developing countries to access full articles stuck behind paywalls thrown up by publishers. A bold and remarkable step. He published the rationale for making this decision this week in the Guardian.

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.

WHO's interim position statement on larviciding for malaria control in Africa

April 30, 2012 - 16:05 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Last week, WHO published a statement regarding the potential of larviciding for malaria control in Africa. This followed the circulation of a draft version of the statement in August 2011. That draft was sent to a limited group of people (how many I don't know) for comments (including myself). I attach the official version to this editorial.

E-interview with Prof. Marcel Tanner (Switzerland, 1952)

April 4, 2012 - 20:48 -- Bart G.J. Knols

 

Professor Tanner is Chief Executive of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), based in Basel. He is an epidemiologist and chair of medical parasitology and epidemiology at the University of Basel. Besides this, he is engaged in numerous activities and initiatives that research and control communicable diseases, notably malaria. 

If you don't have a username or password or have forgotten it...

March 22, 2012 - 21:13 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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This is the last week before you will have to log in in order to have access to the platform (as of 29 March 2012). That's why we here explain to you what to do:

1) If you never had an account with MalariaWorld

2) If you registered before but forgot your username and/or password.

GM mosquitoes: A perspective from Oxitec

March 22, 2012 - 15:18 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The editorial below was written by Camilla Beech, Regulatory Affairs Manager,  Oxitec Ltd, UK, partially as a response to a recent editorial by Guy Reeves, on regulatory aspects of GM mosquitoes.

 

Having spent over 10 years developing novel genetic approaches to control insect pests, we’re acutely aware of the importance of proceeding with caution, of doing so in a transparent and open manner, and of engaging in the most effective way possible with the diverse communities who have an interest in the development and use of these new technologies.

WHO should measure the prevalence of malaria in Africa

March 8, 2012 - 19:56 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The article below was written by Dr. Bill Jobin and first posted as a comment under the most recent poll. I elevated it to a Guest editorial.

 

It is unfortunate that we have recently seen a great deal of confusion about the amount of malaria in Africa.  The confusion arises because most of the people making the estimates are not scientists but artists; computer artists.  It would be better if we relied on scientists.  Computer artists, using their own data and their own inspirations, get varying answers and generate conflicting maps and graphs.  But scientists, using standardized techniques and randomized sampling, get the same answers, no matter who is doing the work.  We urgently need accurate numbers on malaria...

Tackling The Malaria “End Game”: Regional Needs And Challenges For Successful Malaria Elimination

February 29, 2012 - 21:15 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The article below was written by Prof. John Beier, Editor of Acta Tropica, about a special issue of the journal published in March 2012.

 

This special issue (SI) of Acta Tropica features 20 articles highlighting the activities and plans of 10 NIH/NIAID International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) located in 7 malaria endemic regions of the world. The SI informs readers about diverse and complex malaria issues, and will be of special interest for students, investigators, and policy-makers who need to understand and deal with current challenges for malaria elimination. 

Guest Editorial: Scientific standards and the release of genetically modified insects for vector control

February 28, 2012 - 21:11 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This guest editorial was written by Dr. Guy Reeves of the Max-Planck institute in Plön, Germany.

 
Field trials of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have already progressed to free releases in populated areas in a number of countries. A recent publication in PLoS NTD provides a critical summary of the events leading up to these trials and is aimed at non-specialist readers. While advocating the value of field testing transgenic techniques for suppressing disease vector populations, it highlights a number of troubling scientific precedents.

Guest Editorial: Malaria in Palestine, a lesson for all of us.

February 18, 2012 - 15:59 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This Guest Editorial was written by Anton Alexander (retired solicitor, UK), based on an online presentation about Palestine and how it freed itself from malaria. No doubt of interest to those studying the history of malaria, but equally important for those that are criticial about malaria elimination. 

"Sadly, malaria is often treated by the media in many western countries as a fashion item - it goes quiet and out of fashion, then returns as a topic that is newsworthy, and then quiet again. Many pay lip-service to the destructive and dangerous consequences of the disease. Others treat it as something to which they do not relate, or as something only in far distant places, or it occurs only to other people, and it doesn't impinge on their comfortable lifestyles. It may be that if the western world honestly took malaria seriously, with a priority given to funding malaria eradication and research, we may be that much closer to the discovery of that 'silver bullet' to attack and rid the world of this dreadful disease.

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