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June 10, 2021 - 19:38 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

 

Bring out the best in me and in you
 

I enjoy bringing you some news. I prefer to bring good news or, even better, very good news. But when I read and watch what is going on in the world I am getting quite sad. Positive news is hard to find. It is nearly all about disease, war, violence, climate change, politics and so on. Apparently that is what the general audience likes to see. Yes humanity is pretty good at making a mess, that's right. But we are also able to create, invent, develop and implement stunningly great things. And that is what I like to focus on. So here we go for this week. Three great news Item:  (1) Recent malaria vaccine studies, published in Nature Communications and PLoS Pathogen,  highlighted the strong protective efficacy of Sanaria® PfSPZ-CVac in malaria-naïve adults; (2) There are currently more free webinars and virtual masterclasses being organised than ever before. These are great opportunities for information, education and discussion. You can watch the latest MESA webinar below; and (3) Good news for postdocs who are looking for a new professional challenge.  The Center for Applied Malaria Research and Evaluation at Tulane University (USA) has a malaria position available for a postdoctoral fellow. Good luck with your application!

Positive news, a positive mind. I hope it will "bring out the best in me and in you too". Thank you Joni Mitchell for that beautiful sentence.

 

Stay healthy, stay safe and enjoy MalariaWorld


Inga

Founder & Senior Editor MalariaWorld
Director Dutch Malaria Foundation

Watch the MESA Webinar - New Approaches to Improve Malaria Mosquito Surveillance and Control

June 10, 2021 - 16:35 -- MESA Alliance

 

Watch below the recording of the MESA webinar "New Approaches to Improve Malaria Mosquito Surveillance and Control", featuring Fredros Okumu, director of science at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania, and Mercy Opiyo, medical entomologist at the Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM) in Mozambique and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain.

Optimizing immunization with Sanaria® PfSPZ-CVac malaria vaccine

June 10, 2021 - 15:49 -- Sanaria Inc.

ROCKVILLE, MD, USA - June 8, 2021 - The PfSPZ malaria vaccines of Sanaria Inc. are unique in vaccine development as they are composed of weakened (attenuated) forms of the live parasite cells that cause malaria. These parasite cells are called eukaryotic cells and there are no vaccines against any infectious disease composed of such cells. Furthermore, there are no licensed vaccines against any infectious disease caused by a eukaryotic pathogen.

World Health Assembly adopts new resolution on malaria

June 3, 2021 - 10:40 -- Malaria World

 

World Health Organization, 28 May 2021

The World Health Assembly, the main governing body of the World Health Organization, has adopted a new resolution that aims to revitalize and accelerate efforts to end malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives annually.

Watch "The Enduring Search for Malaria Vaccines": a MasterClass with Prof. Stephen Hoffman - Sanaria Inc.

June 3, 2021 - 10:02 -- Sanaria Inc.


Watch below the recording of the MasterClass "The Enduring Search for Malaria Vaccines" with Sanaria's Chief Executive and Scientific Officer Prof Stephen Hoffman.

Ifakara MasterClasses in Public Health Research & Practice. Episode XXV: Thursday, June 3rd 2021.

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COMMENTARY: Plasmodium in the Human Spleen

June 1, 2021 - 04:13 -- Miles Markus

The remarkable discovery of considerable plasmodial life cycle activity in the human spleen has been reported [1,2]. There is also recent non-microscopic evidence suggestive of malaria parasite accumulation there [3].

Plasmodium vivax Malarial Recurrence Theory Vindicated

May 29, 2021 - 20:03 -- Miles Markus

The idea that the non-circulating parasite origin of Plasmodium vivax malarial recurrence is both hypnozoites [1,2] and merozoites (not hypnozoites only) dates from 2011 [3,4]. The history appears in Table 1 in [4]. There is recent (and superb) evidence that my decade-old, bimodal recurrence hypothesis must be correct.

MESA Webinar 2 - New Approaches to Improve Malaria Mosquito Surveillance and Control

May 27, 2021 - 14:36 -- MESA Alliance

 

The second session of the monthly MESA Webinars: Science for Malaria Impact will be held on June 10 at 2 PM CAT (8 AM EDT, 8 PM SGT). Focusing on entomology, it will feature Fredros Okumu, director of science at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania, and Mercy Opiyo, medical entomologist at the Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM) in Mozambique and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain.

Sanaria: Malaria Eradication through Vaccination

May 13, 2021 - 08:22 -- Sanaria Inc.


Sanaria is a biotechnology company developing vaccines protective against malaria. Sanaria’s vaccines have proven highly protective against Plasmodium falciparum infection in humans. Sanaria's vaccines are intended to be used to prevent malaria in individuals and, in combination with other malaria control measures, to halt transmission of and eliminate malaria from communities.
 

Call for proposals: Wellcome Healthcare Innovator Awards

May 6, 2021 - 09:37 -- Malaria World

 

Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health. Individuals and teams from not-for-profit organisations can apply. Organisations can be based anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China). Funded organisations must sign up to the Wellcome grant conditions. You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences.

PPC on indoor residual spraying products for malaria transmission control in areas with insecticide-resistant mosquito populations

May 5, 2021 - 21:50 -- Malaria World


The Global Malaria Programme is seeking public comments on the following preferred product characteristics (PPC) on indoor residual spraying products for malaria transmission control in areas with insecticide-resistant mosquito populations.

Interested parties may provide their comments to ayahmed@who.int by 15 May 2021.

For the draft for consultation see attached pdf.

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "Repellent application for reduced outdoor malaria transmission"

May 5, 2021 - 20:19 -- Malaria World

Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region have achieved impressive reductions in malaria burden, but persistent residual malaria caused in large part by outdoor-biting vectors pose a serious challenge to malaria elimination objectives. Repellent methods to reduce vector contact with humans offer a tantalizing approach to reduce transmission, and several different methods varying from topical applications, impregnated clothing, space-repellents and others have been tested.

MESA Webinars: Science for Malaria Impact

April 28, 2021 - 12:47 -- MESA Alliance

 

For the first time, MESA will virtually celebrate a series of monthly discussions, the MESA Webinars: Science for Malaria Impact. These webinars bring together the malaria community of innovators and showcase the work of malaria-endemic researchers. Starting in May, the virtual events will be held on the first Wednesday of each month and will feature two researchers. These one-hour sessions will cover a range of topics, from social sciences to entomology, through insecticide drug resistance, stratification and genomics.

When: First Wednesday of each month until December

Time: 8:00 am EDT - 2:00 pm CEST/CAT - 8:00 pm SGT

Final report of the E-2020 initiative - Zeroing in on malaria elimination

April 22, 2021 - 11:46 -- Malaria World

 

Since 2017, WHO has supported a group of 21 malaria-eliminating countries through a special initiative called the “E-2020”. This report charts their progress towards a common goal: eliminating malaria within the 2020 timeline. According to this report, 8 E-2020 member countries reported zero indigenous cases of malaria in 2020, a remarkable achievement in view of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining zero cases is a testament to their commitment to protect hard-won gains and keep the disease at bay.

For the pdf of the report see attachment.

Volunteer as MESA Correspondent to report from the MESA Webinars: Science for Malaria Impact

April 22, 2021 - 10:08 -- MESA Alliance

 

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) is seeking volunteers as MESA Correspondents to report from the online MESA Webinars: Science for Malaria Impact. The webinars will be held every first Wednesday of the month starting in May until December and will last 1h starting at 2:00 pm CEST.

World Malaria Day 2021 - Video message of Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

April 21, 2021 - 13:02 -- Malaria World

It [25 April] is World Malaria Day 2021 and we call on all stakeholders to draw the line against this disease, because all malaria cases and deaths are preventable. Although the WHO African Region accounts for virtually all 94% of global malaria cases and deaths, our countries have made progress in preventing both.
 

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "Community participation: a foundation for malaria elimination"

April 19, 2021 - 15:31 -- Malaria World

Waging a malaria elimination campaign without community support is like fighting a battle with one arm tied behind your back. We need the people who bear the brunt of malaria to understand what elimination program objectives are, and gain their help to identify, deliver and assess solutions likely to achieve these objectives.

Podcast: Decoding the Mosquito’s Attraction to Human Scent

April 16, 2021 - 14:33 -- Malaria Minute

Fight Malaria, 16 April 2021
How decoding the mosquito’s sense of smell could take the bite out of malaria. An interview with Professor Conor McMeniman of the Malaria Research Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health...

Listen to this Podcast or read the transcript here

Research colonialism obstructs malaria elimination

April 15, 2021 - 14:28 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

On 30 March SciDev.net published an article titled Research colonialism still plagues Africa. In summary it reads: "African researchers are suffering from power dynamics that favour global North collaborators"; and "While some initiatives are helping build local capacity, others undervalue African collaborators."

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "Role and status of bednets, IRS and insecticide resistance in Asia Pacific"

April 14, 2021 - 09:47 -- Malaria World

Ever since the inception of knowledge-based malaria control more than a century ago, vector control has been the primary strategy for combatting malaria. In recent decades, the focus has been on the use of Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs) and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) of insecticides. In Asia Pacific, much of the transmission occurs outdoors, and such outdoor transmission is a major driver of residual malaria.

Malaria, a political disease

April 7, 2021 - 16:51 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Yesterday I was reading a very interesting Forum Interview from 1998 with Dr Mohyeddin A. Farid about malaria eradication, titled "The malaria campaign - why not eradication?"  where malaria is discussed as a political disease. Dr Farid worked for the World Health Organization from 1949 until his retirement in 1972. Because malaria is intertwined with socioeconomic development he discussed malaria as a political disease and stated that "It is an explosive disease, not a silent one. When epidemics cause too much suffering, the people revolt and can bring about governmental changes...".

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "New tools to reach outdoor-biting malaria vectors"

April 7, 2021 - 12:31 -- Malaria World

Bednets and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) have been the mainstay interventions against malaria in recent decades. Together, these tools have translated in dramatic reductions in global malaria cases. Many nations approaching the pre-elimination phase still have residual malaria, largely as a result of outdoor transmission.

Watch the APMEN Tech Talk "Forest-goers and residual malaria: Addressing the challenge"

March 31, 2021 - 14:51 -- Malaria World

Countries in the Asia Pacific region have done extremely well in achieving impressing levels of malaria reduction, but many still face the challenges of pernicious residual malaria. In Greater Mekong Subregion, much of this remaining malaria occurs within remote forested areas among forest-goers and mobile populations, where transmission happens outdoors. In these situations, bed nets and indoor spraying are not effective. Much has been published and debated on the subject but remains as intractable a challenge as ever. What to do about it?

Will women, men or all of us together eliminate malaria?

March 25, 2021 - 14:24 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

A few weeks ago I noticed the announcement of a new conference: the WiM—the Women in Malaria conference. I thought "wow, that's quite something" and expected that it would be some sort of (follow up on the) Women in Vector Control Workshop that the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) organised just prior to it's 2019 annual conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon. I was truly moved by what happened during that symposium.

View the APMEN Tech Talk "Sampling methods for adult malaria vectors"

March 25, 2021 - 13:42 -- Malaria World

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) Vector Control Working Group is hosting a series of vector-related webinars to keep the elimination momentum.

View the recordings of the APMEN Tech Talk "Sampling methods for adult malaria vectors" - recorded on 28 April 2020

New from MESA: Virtual Keystone Symposia "Malaria in the Era of COVID-19" - Day 2

March 18, 2021 - 16:02 -- MESA Alliance

 

MESA Correspondents bring you cutting-edge coverage from the Keystone Symposia "Malaria in the Era of COVID-19"

Day 2: Wednesday, 17th March 2021 

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