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Critique of WHO 2017 Malaria Report

December 11, 2017 - 17:21 -- William Jobin
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The 2017 WHO report on the status of malaria at the end of 2016 is a mixture of good news and bad news, with the bad news predominating. Although Dr. Tedros, the Director General of WHO and Prof. Alonso, the Director of the Global Malaria Program are to be commended for their frank presentation of the negative trends, they need to identify the reasons for these trends if we are to make the changes needed to reverse them.

Thus I will attempt herein to analyze some of the reasons for these negative trends, and suggest changes needed if we are to overcome them.

Last week at MalariaWorld: World Malaria Report 2017 and 2 new job opportunities

December 8, 2017 - 11:16 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

The WHO World Malaria Report 2017 is out!

The WHO World malaria report 2017 was released on 29 November. The report shows that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of about 5 million over 2015. Deaths reached 445 000, a similar number to the previous year.
Read more and download the World Malaria Report 2017 here.

2 new job opportunities

  • New: Indiana University School of Medicine (USA) has a position vacant for a malaria Postdoc in molecular biology and immunology.
    Read more about this vacancy here.
     
  • New: The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Australia) has a vacancy for a Research Officer to study the molecular basis of malaria parasite development in liver cells. Application deadline is 31st December 2017. 
    Read more about this vacancy here.

2 new MalariaWorld Journal articles - Open Access

  • Research: Exploring communities’ and health workers’ perceptions of indicators and drivers of malaria decline in Malindi, Kenya, Lydiah W. Kibe, Annette Habluetzel, John K. Gachigi, Anne W. Kamau, Charles M. Mbogo. MWJ2017,8,21.
    Read the full article (pdf) here.
     
  • Research: Evaluation of demand and supply predictors of uptake of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy in Malawi,  Emmanuel N. Odjidja, Predrag Duric. MWJ2017,8,20.
    Read the full article (pdf) here.

Reminder job opportunities

  • Reminder: The Sanger Institute has a vacancy for a Bioinformatician / Senior Bioinformatician Malaria Genomics. Sanger is seeking a highly motivated Computational Biologist/Bioinformatician to work within a world leading malaria genomics team that uses cutting edge technology to study the comparative and functional genomics of malaria parasites. Deadline for applications is 17th December 2017.
    Read more about this job opportunity here.
     
  • Reminder: The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has an interesting position available for a Head Human Health Theme, based in Mbita - South Nyanza. 
    Read the vacancy announcement here.
     
  • Reminder: Population Services International (PSI) has a vacancy for a SBCC Technical Advisor: Prevention of Mosquito-Borne Diseases through Vector Control.
    Read more about this job opportunity here.
     

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Press Release: GSK submits US regulatory application for single-dose tafenoquine for Plasmodium vivax malaria

December 1, 2017 - 11:25 -- Malaria World

Issued: Tuesday 28 November 2017, London UK; Geneva, Switzerland

 

Regulatory milestone affirms GSK's strong commitment and scientific capabilities to fighting infectious diseases

MIM2018: Submission deadlines extended

December 1, 2017 - 11:05 -- MIM 2018

PRESS RELEASE
Submission deadline for abstracts, symposia, pre-conference workshops and exhibition extended to December 20, 2017.

Dakar, Senegal – November 16, 2017. The deadline for the submission of abstracts, symposia, pre-conference workshops and exhibition for the 7th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference has been extended to December 20, 2017.

New from MESA: Updated research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

December 1, 2017 - 11:03 -- MESA Alliance

The new research agenda for malaria elimination and global eradication stresses the need for innovation and integrated approaches

malERA Refresh is the result of a consultative process with over 180 experts and seeks to accelerate progress to a world free from malaria

An updated research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication is coming soon!

October 6, 2017 - 07:45 -- MESA Alliance

More than 180 scientists, malaria programme managers and policy makers from around the world have come together through a consultative process to update the research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication, first produced in 2011.  The outcome is a series of seven ‘malERA Refresh’ (malaria eradication research agenda) papers that have undergone expert peer review and will soon be published i

MIM 2018: Submission deadline extended for abstract, symposia, workshops, pre-conference and exhibition until 31st October, 2017

September 29, 2017 - 08:30 -- MIM 2018

On behalf of the 7th MIM local organizing committee, the MIM Secretariat and the Conference Scientific committee, we are pleased to announce that the abstract, symposium and exhibition submission deadline has been extended to October 31st, 2017 in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the upcoming 7th MIM conference.

MIM 2018 - One of our keynote speaker: Prof. Peter Agre

September 29, 2017 - 08:20 -- MIM 2018

A word from one of our keynote speakers at the MIM2018 , Prof. Peter Agre : 2003 Nobel prize recipient in Chemistry. “My sense tells me that this would be an opportunity to meet many young scientists, that I’ve never met previously, and who are doing important work, particularly work relevant to the problems in Africa.”

MIM 2018 - One of our keynote speaker: Dr Thomas Kariuki

September 22, 2017 - 05:49 -- MIM 2018

A word from one of our keynote speakers at the MIM2018, Dr. Thomas Kariuki : Director of Alliance for accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) & African Academy of Sciences (AAS). “Congratulations to the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) for being chosen to host the MIM conference, that’s excellent news for Senegal, and I’m looking forward to participating in the meeting.”

US Presidential Malaria Initiative is expanding

September 21, 2017 - 20:28 -- William Jobin

Today 21 September 2017, Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso.

With the addition of five new focus countries in West and Central Africa, PMI will have programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa,

Anthocyanins, caffeoylquinic acids, wound and ulcer healing

September 21, 2017 - 08:19 -- Pierre Lutgen

Already in 1925 burns were treated with tannins.

As it often happened in the past century the use of this natural product in the treatment of wounds was abandoned in the mid-forties due to the availability of topical antibacterial agents. It has regained interest. A clinical trial in Malawi comparing a decoction of ground tea stalks with silver sulfadiazine gave better results for bacterial growth, eschar formation.

            L Chokotho, E van Hasselt. The use of tannins in the local treatment of burn wounds-a pilot study. Malawi Med Journal, 2005, 17, 19-20

MIM2018: Word from the Local Organizing Committee Chair Prof Oumar Gaye

September 8, 2017 - 09:34 -- MIM 2018


Twenty years after the first MIM Conference which drew attention to major questions for malaria research, and identify ways to strengthen and sustain the research capacity of malaria endemic countries in Africa, several countries in Africa are now engaging towards malaria elimination. Focus in Senegal, the first country report in the Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact series describes how Senegal achieves a spectacular drop in its malaria burden.

Building out vector-borne diseases in Africa – launch of new research network and funding call!

September 8, 2017 - 07:44 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Durham University and University College London are pleased to announce the establishment of a new multi-disciplinary research network called the BOVA (Building out vector-borne diseases in sub-Saharan Africa) Network. 

Anthocyanins and sickle cells

September 5, 2017 - 18:42 -- Pierre Lutgen

Anthocyanins are generally accepted as the largest and most important group of water-soluble pigments in nature. Research articles on anthocyanins have escalated dramatically in the last 20 years : 230 in the decade from 1982 through 1991, 753 from 1992 through 2001 and 3043 from 2002 through 2012 Anthocyanin pigments and associated flavonoids have demonstrated ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases.

        Mary Ann Lila, Anthocyanins and Human Health : an in vitro investigative Approach. J Biomed Biotechnol 2004, 5. 306-313

MIM2018: Submit your abstract for the 7th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference

September 1, 2017 - 07:55 -- MIM 2018

All abstracts must be submitted by September 30, 2017.
The Secretariat offers technical assistance for abstract submissions from now until the submission date. Contact the MIM Secretariat at info@mim2018.com or (+221) 33 825 19 99

Submit your abstract by clicking here.

The underestimated role of taurine

August 14, 2017 - 06:18 -- Pierre Lutgen

                                                                           Or why cats and dogs are malariafree.

Taurine, a sulfur-containing amino acid, is the most abundant amino acid in mammals, occurring both in cells and in blood plasma. High concentrations of taurine are found in the heart, retina, bile, brain, plasma, platelets, leucocytes, whereas smaller amounts are found in liver, erythrocytes, muscles, kidney.

        Cécile Petton. La taurine: point sur ses propriétés et son utilization en 2011. Thèse de doctorat. Université dde Nantes 2011.

Video from #Malaria Consortium Fighting Malaria in the Sahel

August 11, 2017 - 16:11 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

For the 25 million children who live across the Sahel, where there is a seasonal surge in malaria incidence, the World Health Organization recommends seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) as an effective tool in the fight against malaria. Approximately 12 million children were protected through SMC programmes in 2016, with over 6.4 million children covered through the ACCESS-SMC project, funded by UNITAID and led by Malaria Consortium in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. 

Special message for medical entomologists in Africa | Message spécial pour les entomologistes médicaux en Afrique

August 11, 2017 - 09:31 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

We are excited to start a survey for the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. PAMCA is currently establishing a database of all institutions and individual scientists operating in the field of medical entomology, in particular mosquito borne diseases, across Africa.

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