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Guest Editorial: Is eliminating malaria hopeless?

January 22, 2011 - 15:06 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics at Yale University. He uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political participation, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. Read his website here. I invited Chris to post his blog on malaria on the MW platform, shown below.


Natural products for malaria vector control: flora, fish and fungi

December 28, 2010 - 17:16 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Below and attached you will find the abstract and summary of the PhD thesis of Annabel Howard. She graduated in October from Wageningen University on her thesis with the above title.

Currently, Annabel is preparing to move to Angola. Interested parties can contact her for collaborative activities in the field of malaria.

Elimination and the risk of malaria coming back afterwards

December 3, 2010 - 06:32 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This week a 31 year-old woman living in Jacksonville, Florida, got infected with the most deadly form of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum. Just weeks ago a similar report came from Spain, where indigenous transmission occurred and led to the first case of malaria since 1961.

E-interview with Prof. Brian Greenwood (UK, 1938)

November 28, 2010 - 20:55 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Brian Greenwood is Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. From 2001 -2009 he directed the Gates Malaria Partnership which supported a programme of research and capacity development in many countries in Africa directed at improving treatment and prevention of malaria. In 2008, he became director of a new capacity development initiative supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC), which operates a post-graduate malaria training programme in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and he also directs a new consortium (MenAfriCar) established with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study meningococcal carriage in Africa.

A green alternative for adult malaria mosquito control: How long to go?

November 23, 2010 - 14:32 -- Bart G.J. Knols

It was announced yesterday that the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) will receive another 50 million USD to develop new public health insecticides. By 2020 it hopes to add three new active ingredients to the public health pesticide toolbox. That will then be a total of 100 million dollars for 3 new active ingredients. Finding new insecticides and bringing these to the market is an expensive business...
And of course, extensive use of chemical insecticides in mosquito control has caused a rapid spread of insecticide-resistance, which is threatening the effectiveness of current malaria interventions. Pretty obvious then that you start the search for new insecticides, so it seems.

Vestergaard-Frandsen and MalariaWorld support Kenyan children's home

September 26, 2010 - 23:00 -- Bart G.J. Knols

In June I was invited to take part in a discussion forum on global health in Breda, The Netherlands. Following my talk on malaria I was approached by a lady called Thea Bekkers, who got my attention with a gripping story about an orphanage in Kenya that she supports. In short, the home, which houses some thirty children is poorly resourced and in dire need of preventive tools against malaria. Nets. They simply needed nets.


Book: Olfaction in vector-host interactions

August 5, 2010 - 19:49 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This is a book authored by 37 experts in this field with a focus on the role of olfaction (the sense of smell) in the multitude of interactions between arthropods and their blood hosts. Half the book deals with malaria vectors, from basic lab studies to open field research on odour-mediated behaviour. The book provides a state-of-the-art account of research in this field.


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