Drones against malaria
'Anti-malaria Drones' has planned to start a malaria control pilot project using a drone that sprays an environmentally sound biological control agent over rice fields in Western Kenya. 'Anti-malaria Drones' has now started a crowdfunding campaign to generate € 18.000 for this pilot. You can help to make this happen. Please visit www.antimalariadrones.com to read more and make your donation.
Will the Gambia be the first sub-Saharan country to eliminate malaria?
Malara prevalence dropped from 4.0% in 2011 to 0.2% reports the BBC. “We are proud that The Gambia has made major strides in its fight against malaria,” said Ms Saffie Lowe Ceesay, the Gambia’s health minister. “With the ongoing support of the international community, elimination of the disease is now within sight – a first for a sub-Saharan African country.” (The Point, 6 July 2017).
- Read: Malaria rates plunge in The Gambia. BBC, 13 July 2017
- Read: 'Gambia Poised to Become 4th Country to Eliminate Malaria'. The Daily Observer, 13 July 2017
- Read: 'Gambia nears malaria elimination'. The Point, 6 July 2017
What do you think, will the Gambia manage to achieve this success in the very nearby future? Share your opinion with us!
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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.
Day 4: Final scientific sessions and Krotoski closing lecture.
Day 1: Pre-meeting courses and Opening ceremony
Day 3: Tuesday 13th June
It is common belief and a dogma of the Western school medicine that valid results with the extracts of natural products can only be obtained if individual constituents are isolated and purified to the highest grade. This entails that most, if not all, scientific papers describing research in this field are based on monotherapies with ultrapure products.
The course is free and is composed of 8 modules.
Statement on the Election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the New Director-General of the World Health Organization
Professor Austin Burt has been awarded a President's Medal for his work engaging the public in malaria-control projects across sub-Saharan Africa.
The accolade is given out as part of the College’s annual President's Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement. These awards celebrate staff, students and community partners who have gone the extra mile to bring the College’s work to the wider public. Awardees judged to have made particularly exceptional contributions are selected to receive the President’s Medal for Excellence in Societal Engagement.
|"Now, more than ever, universities should be in and of the world. We cannot afford to retreat to ivory towers"
– Professor Maggie Dallman, Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships)
The Societal Engagement awards form part of the President’s Awards for Excellence programme, with similar prizes also being given for research and education.
- A potential antimalarial was trialled in animals as a single dose
- They found that it could block all life cycle stages of mosquitoes
- An expert says the drug could advance malaria control if it reaches the market
[CAPE TOWN] A new antimalarial candidate could pave the way for a single-dose treatment that boots malaria eradication when used in combination with other preventative measures.
This is a translation of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute press release
Worcester, Mass. – April 24, 2017 – Quand les remèdes prescrits n’arrivaient plus à guérir 18 impaludés en situation désespérée, leur médecin traitant dans une clinique du Congo, en se basant sur les procedures du “compassionate use” de l’EMA, a eu recours à un mécicament non encore officiellement autorisé et consistant en comprimés de feuilles séchées de la plante Artemisia annua (désignés sous DLA).
In February 2017, malaria experts from around the world gathered in Kampala, Uganda to attend "Malaria: From Innovation to Eradication", a conference organized by Keystone Symposia in collaboration with MESA. Eight scientists shared their cutting edge research with MESA, on film.
“As a researcher working in a country that has decided to take on the challenge of eliminating malaria, the knowledge in the paper is enriching”. This is how Sandra Chishimba chose her ‘Top Pick’ article for World Malaria Day 2017. MESA (Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance) asked five experts what recent paper has helped them in their effort to outsmart malaria. The papers had to be open access, authored by another group, and published in the last 12 months.
24 APRIL 2017 | GENEVA, NAIROBI - At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called today for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives.
In sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated nets have had the greatest impact, accounting for an estimated 69% of cases prevented through control tools.
World Malaria Day 2017 Statement from Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu Chief Executive Officer, Roll Back Malaria Partnership
We can be the generation to end malaria for good
April 25, 2017 – (Geneva, Switzerland)
Bigpharma-WHO-Gates desperately try to ignore peer reviewed scientific papers documenting the spread of ACT resistance in at least 12 African countries (see “Artemisinin resistance In Africa” www.malariaworld.org).
Several medical teams in Africa have demonstrated in randomized, double blind clinical trials that Artemisia infusions are powerful in therapy and prophylaxis (see “Breaking news from clinical trials with Artemisia plants” www.malariaworld.org).
The Eltahir group at MIT has recently published a pioneering study which makes it possible to plan resettlement and new villages in ways which will permanently minimize malaria transmission, because of ecological design. This is especially valuable for engineers planning resettlement communities related to large reservoirs and irrigation systems.
Such safe designs reduce the need for the ephemeral methods based on drugs, bednets and insecticides.
The report is:
A thesis from Sudan presents troubling facts
Hassan Humeida. Der Verlauf von Malaria bei Patienten mit Diabetes mellitus in Afrika - Feldforschungen im Zentral-Sudan - Dissertation. Giessen, Februar 2011 Justus-Liebig-Universität
In Mexico eight species of Artemisia have been described and among them just Artemisia ludoviciana has been empirically used in the treatment of intermittent fever (malaria). To know whether this Mexican Artemisia had antimalarial activity several in vivo experiments were performed, on mice infected by Plasmodium yoelii yoelii, in a four-day test scheme. The results of the in vivo experiments showed that the parasite reproduction was inhibited up to 98.6% at the fifth day.
28 February 2017, WHO
Members of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) on malaria eradication recently convened in Geneva to review and define a set of work streams for the next 2-year period. The proposed scope of work is cross-cutting and spans a breadth of domains: biological, technical, financial, socio-economic, political and environmental.
27 February 2017
This blog was the result of my preparing for the recent RBM meeting in Geneva. I hope it will be useful for any of you on National Malaria Contol Programs. It is about the need for:
Formation of National Inter-Ministerial Boards for Malaria Control
Keystone Symposia malaria meeting in Kampala - Day 1
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Keystone Symposia malaria meeting in Kampala - Day 2
Monday, 20 February 2017
Keystone Symposia malaria meeting in Kampala - Day 3
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Today’s morning session focused on tailoring packages of interventions to achieve the greatest impact in a specific setting.
Keystone Symposia malaria meeting in Kampala - Day 4
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Today’s sessions focused on tools for malaria elimination, including promising vaccine and drug candidates, and novel vector control.