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Last week at MalariaWorld: How concerned is WHO about drug resistant malaria in South-East Asia?

October 13, 2017 - 11:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

How concerned is WHO about the so-called “super malaria” parasite in South-East Asia?
A recent letter published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reported that a drug-resistant malaria is on the march in Southeast Asia. It has rapidly made its way  from western Cambodia, through northeastern Thailand, to southern Laos; now it has landed in southern Vietnam, where it is causing alarming rates of treatment failure. Following the publication of the letter in the Lancet Infectious Diseases (October 2017) Dr. Nicholas White, head of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme replied that at this time WHO does not consider the threat of antimalarial drug resistance a public health emergency of international concern. Alonso states that "... parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines is a serious problem. But we must not create unnecessary alarm. Providing timely access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment should be our primary focus." (WHO, 29 September 2017)

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Reminder: Invitation for medical entomologists in Africa (in English and French)
If you are working in the field of medical entomology in Africa you are invited to participate in the survey of the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. PAMCA is currently establishing a database of individuals operating in the field of medical entomology, in particular mosquito-borne diseases, across Africa. Click here to read more about the PAMCA survey.
You can enter the survey in English or in French by clicking the following links:

MIM2018 Update
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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.

Drones against malaria – Crowdfunding campaign

July 14, 2017 - 07:33 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Efficient in use and costs

Drones against malaria seeks your support for the crowdfunding campaign ‘Anti Malaria Drones’ to generate € 18.000 for a malaria control pilot project using a drone that sprays an environmentally sound biological control agent over rice fields in Western Kenya. Please give your support and share this request with your colleagues and friends: www.antimalariadrones.com

DISCOVERY's global premiere of MOSQUITO on July 6, 9 pm.

June 30, 2017 - 08:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Featuring interviews with leaders in the global health community including MalariaWorld's Founder and editor Bart Knols and a rare documentary one-on-one with Bill Gates. Narrated by Oscar® nominated Jeremy Renner.

 
 
(New York) – As many in the world prepare for the warm summer months, Discovery will use its global reach to focus the world’s attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO, Thursday, July 6th at 9pm, on Discovery Channel and Discovery networks around the world.
Recent news coverage around the globe has highlighted individual outbreaks of diseases such as Zika, malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue. But there is a bigger story to be told, one that connects the dots between these diseases and reveals how a single force is driving them all: the unceasing, accelerating expansion of the mosquito around the globe, driven by factors such as increasing global travel and trade and a warmer world that is more hospitable to mosquitoes.

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