World Malaria Report 2019
The World malaria report 2019 provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. The report tracks investments in malaria programmes and research as well as progress across all intervention areas: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, elimination and surveillance. It also includes dedicated chapters on the consequences of malaria on maternal, infant and child health, the “High Burden to High Impact” approach as well as biological threats to the fight against malaria... Read more
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More pregnant women and children protected from malaria, but accelerated efforts and funding needed to reinvigorate global response, WHO report shows
The World malaria report 2019 provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. The report tracks investments in malaria programmes and research as well as progress across all intervention areas: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, elimination and surveillance. It also includes dedicated chapters on the consequences of malaria on maternal, infant and child health, the “High Burden to High Impact” approach as well as biological threats to the fight against malaria.
The 2019 report is based on information received from more than 80 countries and areas with ongoing malaria transmission. This information is supplemented by data from national household surveys and databases held by other organizations.
Malaria Minute, 29 November 2019
A genome of the European lineage of P. vivax malaria is generated by scientists and engineers develop an artificially-intelligent microscope for malaria diagnosis.
Science, Nov. 26, 2019: by Jop de Vrieze
MALAWI—In a small room at the Phalula Health Centre in southern Malawi's Balaka district, two young mothers are sitting on a wooden bench, each with a 5-month-old baby on their lap. Across from them, behind a desk, sits Alfred Kaponya, a community health worker. A colleague is busy preparing a vaccine, tapping the syringe to dislodge bubbles. Kaponya explains the procedure to the women, writes down the vaccines' serial numbers in the children's vaccination booklets, and copies them onto a spreadsheet in his binder.
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There are many anecdotic reports indicating that including stems and twigs with dried Artemisia leaves augments the power of the infusion. Operators of a palm oil plant in Burundi only drink infusions made with stems and stay malaria free.
Dried Artemisia annua herb of Chinese origin and sold in European pharmacies contains at least 70 % of stems.
Malaria Minute, 22 November 2019
Schoolchildren find that some of their families’ soup recipes have antimalarial properties and a Swiss-led team of cell biologists identify hundreds of targets needed in drug and vaccine development.
Malaria Minute, 15 November 2019
Hormones received during mating boost the likelihood of malaria transmission and an ongoing autoimmune attack on uninfected red blood cells can ultimately anaemia.
Malaria Minute, 8 November 2019
Research details how malaria parasites prepare for human infection and researchers evaluate the use of drones in spraying insecticide in irrigated areas of land in Zanzibar.
Drones have taken to the skies over Zanzibar, spraying paddy fields with a solution that drowns mosquito pupae and larvae in a bid to fight malaria.
Day 4: Saturday, 2nd November 2019
Innovating to Enable Malaria Elimination I
Day 3: Friday, 1st November 2019
Leveraging Data Science to Defeat Malaria I
The Fever portrays the fight against malaria as a case study--in greed and courage. For The Fever Katharina Weingartner focuses on the complex history, present and future of malaria and observes the search for a solution. Could millions of deaths have been prevented, if ancient medical knowledge had been taken more seriously?
Day 2: Thursday, 31st October 2019
Welcome and Keynote Address
Malaria Minute, 1 November 2019
Researchers image the mode of action of quinoline drugs, the function of rhomboid proteases is dynamically detailed and the WHO declares that 7 million cases of malaria have been reported in Burundi this year.
Day 1: Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Joint Keystone Symposia with Grand Challenges Annual Meeting
Grand Challenges: Where we go next: African leadership for African Innovation
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The MESA Correspondent volunteers report on the latest in malaria research from conferences around the world. The synopses are shared online, enabling people who could not attend the meeting to read about the latest advances. The MESA Correspondents Program is a collaboration between MESA and the conference organizers.
It’s Sunday evening in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the four young career researchers that will cover the 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference as MESA Correspondents have finally met each other. After many email exchanges, it’s time to put faces to names. While sharing a tasty Cameroonian meal, the group discusses how scientific meetings offer the opportunity of hearing cutting edge research and valuable lessons learnt from peers and mentors, but are also the perfect environment to exchange information, generate new ideas and gain knowledge and skills. Together with the MESA team, the group discusses the program and the presentations that each Correspondent will have to report on and realises how both broad and niche disciplines in the field of malaria and related topics will be covered in the meeting. Another point of discussion is the fact that a growing number of conferences are held globally, but as both calendars and budgets are limited, not everyone interested in all these meetings can attend.
Malaria Minute, 25 October 2019
Scientists at New York University investigate a forgotten insecticide developed by the German military and researchers unearth why severe malaria is often accompanied by tissue damage and organ failure. Listen to this Pocast
IN 30 SECONDS: This is a practical guide to how research directors and administrators can improve institutional ecosystems for the benefit of the next generation of scientists in Africa. It includes some of the key lessons I have gained in recent years about challenges facing early-career researchers, and certain essential practices that our institutions can prioritize to help them succeed. A careful mix of these and other practices could help our young people to bloom bright, while staying true to improving people’s health and well-being.
This article was initially published online by Scientific African. See link here.
Malaria Minute, 18 October 2019
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest causes malaria transmission to increase and the analysis of a 50,000-year-old gene sequence explains how P. falciparum malaria parasites are able to infect humans. Listen to this Podcast
Joint News Release
BASF, MedAccess and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation collaborate to bring innovative mosquito nets to malaria-endemic countries
- Agreement accelerates availability of latest mosquito net technology for communities with greatest needs
- Facilitates supply of 35 million Interceptor® G2 mosquito nets over the next four years
- Enables more cost-effective production and lower prices
Malaria Minute, 11 October 2019
The Crick develop new method of controlling malaria parasite genes, researchers discover a novel compound that inhibits key parasitic enzymes and The Global Fund is replenished in France. Listen to this Podcast
The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) is seeking four volunteer MESA Correspondents to report from the Keystone Symposia conference "The Malaria Endgame" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 30—November 2, 2019.
Malaria Minute, 4 October 2019
The rapid return of mosquitoes to the Sahel region of Africa is due to mosquito migration on high-altitude winds and a saliva-based malaria diagnostic tool has been awarded a £1 million grant. Listen to this Podcast
A paper that appeared in Scientific Reports by Evans et al. (1)asked whether changes in the genotypes of target mosquito populations would occur due to introgression of released transgenic mosquito genomes. The paper in fact describes the introgression of released mosquito strain genome into wild populations of Aedes aegypti after releases of the OX513A strain developed by Oxitec and the paper has generated a lot of controversy. Is this a surprising finding or an entirely predictable outcome? Is it cause for alarm?