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Kitchen Sink Strategy and portfolio approach

August 17, 2018 - 14:09 -- William Jobin

It is valuable and refreshing to see contributions to strategies for malaria suppression in Africa from other disciplines, such as economics. Killeen and Reed pointed out that the portfolio effect cushions mosquito populations and malaria transmission against vector control interventions.(Killeen GF, Reed TE. Malar J. 2018 Aug 10;17(1):291. doi: 10.1186/s12936-018-2441-z.) Thus it must be considered when planning a strategy for Africa.

Last week at MalariaWorld: Two new malaria job opportunity at the Sanger Institute, UK

August 16, 2018 - 15:29 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

New job: Senior Staff Scientist - Malaria
The Sanger Institute, UK has a position available for a senior scientist on human malaria vector genomics as part of Dominic Kwiatkowski’s team. Read more

New job: Scientific Project Manager - Malaria (Global Health Research Group)
The Sanger Institute, UK has a vacancy for a Project Manager to join the Kwiatkowski group to lead the coordination of a newly funded project – “Global Health Research Group on genomic surveillance of malaria in West Africa”. Read more

Job reminder: Postdoctoral Position - Malaria-induced allergic inflammation, USA
The University of Idaho has a vacancy for a Post Doc in the laboratory of Dr. Shirley Luckhart. This position would be dedicated to an NIH-funded project focused on allergy‐mediated disruption of the intestinal barrier during malaria. Read more

For more malaria job opportunities check the MalariaWorld Job section.

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Platelets, eryptosis, amiodarone, aspirin, Artemisia

August 12, 2018 - 17:46 -- Pierre Lutgen

THROMBOCYTOPENIA

Thrombocytopenia is a common finding in malaria. Median platelet counts are lower among severe cases than in mild cases, and in children who died than among those who recovered. Infected erythrocytes may adhere to platelets, and the clumps of infected erythrocytes and platelets are associated with severe disease.

    Patrick Gérardin, Christophe Rogier, Amadou S Ka, Philippe Jouvencel, Prognostic value of thrombocytopenia in African children with falciparum malaria. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2002 Volume 66, Issue 6.

Transmission blocking vaccines fail, but Artemisia is very efficient

August 4, 2018 - 13:05 -- Pierre Lutgen

Vaccines blocking the invasion of malaria sporozoites failed so far, after 30 years of efforts, millions spent, and disastrous human clinical trials. The efforts and the millions are now focused on vaccines blocking transmission by gametocytes. The results are not yet encouraging but the updated Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap foresees that there will be a TBV vaccine available in 2030. The update was necessary as the program launched by WHO in 2000 ( TDR/RBM/MAL/VAC/2000.1) has not yet progressed very far.

Book: Towards Malaria Elimination - A leap forward (Open Access)

July 23, 2018 - 11:22 -- Malaria World

Edited by Sylvie Manguin and  Dr Vas Dev

Published: July 18th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69750
ISBN: 978-1-78923-551-7
Print ISBN: 978-1-78923-550-0


Click here  to read more about this Open access peer-reviewed Edited volume

Stability of Artemisia plants after ageing

July 11, 2018 - 19:05 -- Pierre Lutgen

In 2001 WHO posted a statement on their home page, without signatures, without references: « Due to the instability of artemisinin in raw materials of Artemisia annua L, the leaves need to be stored in cool conditions — preferably below 20°C. Most malaria endemic countries have warm climates and people generally lack access to refrigeration, so it is difficult for patients to keep artemisinin-containing tea bags under 20°C in their homes” A statement not substantiated by scientific papers. Cui bono?

Our associations immediately gathered available data which prove the contrary

1st Malaria World Congress: Save money on lodging and transportation by finding roommates on ConferenceShare

June 1, 2018 - 10:31 -- First Malaria W...

If you are looking for roommates during your stay in Melbourne for the Malaria World Congress, please sign up on conferenceshare.co and search for "Malaria World Congress 2018". You can use the service to connect with each other to facilitate sharing a hotel room, Airbnb, or car rental.

1st Malaria World Congress: Discounted Low & Lower-Middle Income Country Registrations Available

May 29, 2018 - 14:34 -- First Malaria W...

To assist delegates from Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries to participate in the 1st Malaria World Congress, a subsidised registration rate of $350.00 AUD is available.

For detail on eligibility, please check the registration page of the Congress website here.

1st Malaria World Congress: Don't Forget to Submit Your Poster for Consideration

May 29, 2018 - 13:42 -- First Malaria W...

Submissions across all four pillars will remain open for poster consideration until 22nd June 2018. For your opportunity to be part of this incredible program, submit your abstract here

1st Malaria World Congress: Program update

May 28, 2018 - 16:40 -- First Malaria W...

The Congress program has just been updated so visit the website today to see what we have to offer. Each of the four pillars are equally represented throughout the Congress,  with sessions designed to provide the opportunity for discussion.

1st Malaria World Congress: Not just another science meeting...

May 24, 2018 - 16:35 -- First Malaria W...

By integrating the many different facets that make up the response to the scourge of malaria in the one meeting, the 1st Malaria World Congress is utterly unique. Yes, MWC 2018 will feature the latest science, but it will be delivered within the context of the problems in implementing the best tools we have, the difficulties of financing them, and the cultural context of the many communities across the globe that are devastatingly impacted by malaria.

Invitation from the Pan African Mosquito Control Association

May 9, 2018 - 11:31 -- Malaria World


Join the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA)

Membership is open to anyone concerned with or interested in mosquito control and related work, and desiring to participate in the promotion and improvement of such work.

The following categories of membership are available:

Nigeria should emphasize permanent control measures such as LSM

April 27, 2018 - 13:13 -- William Jobin

Given that the drop in malaria prevalence in Nigeria has been very modest in the last 5 years, it would be wise to take another look at the methods being used - which unfortunately are ephemeral (indoor sprays, bednets and drugs) and must be repeated every year. The lack of emphasis on permanent measures, such as Larval Source Management, is a key to the problem. With the ephemeral methods, because the national budget for malaria control can only increase slowly, thus the program will only increase slowly.

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