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We thought we were down to 655.000 deaths in 2010, right?

February 3, 2012 - 10:46 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Year after year in December we're seeing the fruits of our collective efforts to combat malaria reflected in the 'World Malaria Report' series produced by the World Health Organisation. And in those reports, year after year, we saw progression in terms of falling numbers of deaths. But today we're confronted with a harsh reality - the figures that were presented to us were off. Way off.

Guest Editorial: Don't fake it!

January 26, 2012 - 13:22 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This guest editorial was written by Dr. Lotte Van Dijk in The Netherlands.

 

Many of you will have come across counterfeit or substandard drugs in your careers and I’m sure many of you will understand my frustration. Therefore, I was really happy to see that the study on poor-quality anti-malarials by Dr Paul Newton and his team got the attention of the media. Even though their study was not large-scale and even though it cannot provide an accurate estimation of the prevalence of the fake anti-malarials all over Africa, it does provide an insight into the seriousness of the problem: it is severe!

Book Review: Integrated Vector Management, by Graham Matthews

December 7, 2011 - 10:38 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Book Details
 
Matthews, J.R.: Integrated Vector Management. Wiley-Blackwell; 2011, 234 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-4706-5966-3 (hardcover)
 
Review
 
When around the world discussions are ongoing on how best to sustain successes in malaria control gained over the last decade, particularly in the African region, this book by Emeritus Professor Graham Matthews comes as a welcome volume to put things into perspective.

Mosquito Net Distribution Drive Blotched

November 9, 2011 - 21:31 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The article below was contributed by journalist Ntaryike Divine Jr. (Douala, Cameroon) as part of the SjCOOP project in collaboration with MalariaWorld.

 

On August 20 2011 amid bloated pomp, Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang flagged off a countrywide government campaign to distribute over 8.6 million long lasting insecticidal mosquito bednets gratis.  But the operation that was initially slated to span a dozen days from 8 to 20 September is yet to take off in six of the country’s ten administrative regions.

WHO: Zero malaria deaths by 2015 was 'wildly ambitious goal'

October 7, 2011 - 17:29 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Today Roll Back Malaria published a 'Leadership Interview' with Dr. Newman, Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme and Mr. Brandling-Bennett, Deputy Director of the malaria programme at the Gates Foundation. For the full interview, see here. This interview marks an important development: WHO declares that the Millennium Development Goal's target of zero deaths by the year 2015 'was a wildly ambitious goal'. Are we seeing the first cracks in the promises made at the beginning of this millennium?

Malaria can be eliminated from Africa

October 6, 2011 - 09:30 -- Bart G.J. Knols

A perspective article carrying the above title appeared in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene this month. As it was freely accessible I have taken the liberty to attach it to this editorial (hoping the publisher will not come after me...) for those of you that have not seen it. 

In it, Carlos Campbell and Rick Steketee inject encouragement into all of us that we have made substantial gains in the battle against malaria over the last decade, and that with the same relentlessness we may actually succeed in wiping the scourge off the continent. The article is a pleasant read when one starts up the computer and reads this first thing in the morning...

Open Access 2.0: Power in our own hands!

September 1, 2011 - 15:47 -- Bart G.J. Knols

When students embark on research in the field of malaria they receive a pile of published articles from their supervisors to bring them up to speed. Great papers in Nature and Science, and students, for sure, hope that one day their names will appear in the list of authors on an article in one of these journals. Remember that feeling? I sure do. And did. But the world is changing...

Should we start a training course for journalists?

August 30, 2011 - 01:06 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The past few weeks have been good for the press when it gets to malaria. First they discovered what many of us knew all along: that resistance to pyrethroids is on the rise and may jeopardise the usefulness of LLINs. Then they marvelled at the 'outbreak' in Greece, where six were diagnosed with P. vivax malaria without ever having left the country. And this week's high is the story that mosquito numbers in Africa are dropping for some mysterious reason. The more money that goes into malaria research, the more scientists are coming out with remarkable findings, and the press gulps it up and make the stories ever more gripping. Which I understand...

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