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Last week at MalariaWorld: Free virtual malaria event & message from the Global Malaria Program

April 2, 2020 - 13:20 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Free virtual malaria event

Join the ePanel discussion “The Malaria Endgame” from Keystone Symposia - 22 April 2020
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Time: 4pm UTC/ 11am CST/ 12pm EST/ 9am PST.
Keystone Symposia in collaboration with the MESA Alliance would like to invite you to a virtual panel discussion on April 22, 2020, the week of World Malaria Day. Submit your questions, before, during and after the event. Selected questions will be answered after the event. You must be registered to participate in this event. Registration is free of charge... Read more

Malaria & COVID-19 

Message from Director Global Malaria Programme about Malaria & COVID-19
In addition to the WHO web statement (in English and French) urging countries to ensure the continuity of malaria services, an  online Q&A has now been developed in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian... Read more


WHO technical brief for countries preparing malaria funding requests for the Global Fund (2020-2022)
This document is an evolution of previous guidance and intended to support national malaria programmes in the development of robust funding proposals that are tailored to their contexts, and the evaluation of the proposals by the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panels... Read more

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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. 

World Malaria Report 2018 is out!

November 20, 2018 - 16:22 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

This year's report shows that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. Data from 2015–2017 highlight that no significant progress in reducing global malaria cases was made in this period. There were an estimated 219 million cases and 435 000 related deaths in 2017.

The World malaria report 2018 draws on data from 91 countries and areas with ongoing malaria transmission. The information is supplemented by data from national household surveys and databases held by other organizations.

Looking back at MIM2018: Some food for thought

April 26, 2018 - 20:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

I visited the largest malaria conference on the African continent. More than 2.000 malaria professionals gathered in Dakar for the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Conference. Every day started with a plenary session presented by 2 keynote speakers: 12 keynote addresses by 12 renowned scientists. But... only 2 were African.

How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria

March 13, 2018 - 17:25 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

8 March 2018, Carl Zimmer (New York Times)

The genetic mutation arose 7,300 years ago in just one person in West Africa, scientists reported on Thursday. Its advantage: a shield against rampant malaria.

Thousands of years ago, a special child was born in the Sahara. At the time, this was not a desert; it was a green belt of savannas, woodlands, lakes and rivers. Bands of hunter-gatherers thrived there, catching fish and spearing hippos.


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