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Last week at MalariaWorld: Anti-malaria drones & 1st country to eliminate malaria in Africa

July 14, 2017 - 12:45 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

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).

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Press release: Researchers receive $10.2 million to study new malaria-prevention method

December 11, 2015 - 06:43 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter. 
 

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.

Congratulations to Austin Burt!

May 25, 2017 - 04:52 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

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.

Read the full article "Imperial academic puts community at the heart of malaria elimination project" by Deborah Evanson - Imperial College London, here.

SciDev.Net: Antimalarial candidate holds promise as a single dose

May 12, 2017 - 12:57 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
  • 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.

Prevent malaria - save lives: WHO push for prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

April 25, 2017 - 11:18 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

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.

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