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How much time needed to vaccinate the world against malaria?

December 9, 2013 - 04:08 -- Andy Graham

The polio vaccination was discovered in 1952, announced to world in 1955. A global effort to eradicate polio, led by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and The Rotary Foundation, began in 1988. Using today, December 9, 2013 as a starting point, how long would it take to eradicate malaria worldwide?

Does Acoustic Larvicide Work? What are pros and cons?

December 7, 2013 - 15:13 -- Andy Graham

Acoustic Larvicide is a technique where mosquito larvae are killed by rupturing their internal air bladders with acoustic energy. Their air bladders are resonant and therefore susceptible to acoustic energy in the octave from 18 kilohertz to 30 kilohertz. When sound at these frequencies with sufficient energy is put in the water the mosquito larvae instantly die.

This company, New Mountain Innovations appears to be the leader of this idea. Larvasonic.com

http://www.larvasonic.com/history2.html

Malaria Day in the Americas- November 6

October 21, 2013 - 19:32 -- Prabhjot Singh

In commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas 2013

 

The Pan American Health Organization,

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation, and

The Center for Global Health at The George Washington University

 

Cordially invite you to attend the

Malaria in the Americas Forum 2013:

Haemolytic, hepatotoxic, cytotoxic, neurotoxic, cardiotoxic, genotoxic, ototoxic, embryotoxic, spleenotoxic, hemolytic, atherosclerosis, immunodepressive effects of chemical artemisinine derivatives (ACTs) at high doses.

October 19, 2013 - 19:48 -- Irene Teis

Haemolytic, hepatotoxic, cytotoxic, neurotoxic, cardiotoxic, genotoxic, ototoxic, embryotoxic, spleenotoxic, hemolytic, atherosclerosis, immunodepressive effects of chemical artemisinine derivatives (ACTs) at high doses.

Some recent research, mostly in relation with the resistance to ACT pills and/or artesunate injections, has highlighted serious secundary health effects at the doses prescribed by WHO.

Larval Source Management via Water Level Control

September 9, 2013 - 15:47 -- Jeff Juel

I am a civil engineer with experience in drainage and flood control. Drainage and flood control infrastructure can be an important part of integrated pest management as a means for larval source management.

Unfortunately, the related drainage infrastructure for a diked area typically has a number of drawbacks: 1) during dry periods, the drainage system for the low-lying land protected by the dike will inevitably include areas of stagnant water; 2) the lowered water table will cause the land to subside - which will make gravity drainage more difficult and produce more stagnant water; and 3) wetland environments will be severely degraded, harming flora and fauna.

Diked areas adjacent to tidally-influence watercourses can use tidal water level variations to significantly reduce stagnant water in the drainage system; reduce subsidence; and enhance wetlands.

Click on Read More for a paper I wrote which was published the August edition of Outlooks on Pest Management.

For a copy of the entire article in pdf format including photos, please contact me via e-mail at jeff.juel@jueltide.com.

Fighting malaria, for non-malariologists

August 7, 2013 - 14:12 -- Ricardo Ataide

I was asked by a friend, who is not a malaria scientist (in fact, not a scientist at all) to imagine the following situation:

You were chosen by a malaria endemic country to direct their fight against the disease. The government of the country tells you they will adopt three strategies to fight it, solely based on your recommendations. What would those be?

new member

July 17, 2013 - 20:45 -- Merce Claret

Hello everyone!

My name is Mercè and I'm from Barcelona, Spain.
I'm a veterinarian with a tropical medicine master's degree and I work mostly on malaria diagnosis.
Over the past years I have been working in Africa, training laboratory technicians in diagnosis of tropical diseases, especially malaria.
I have also worked with health ministries in the implementation of quality control programs and monitoring of malaria diagnosis.
I have been working as a consultant with various organizations and I am currently looking for work.

Why synthetic artemisinin is a bad idea.

June 21, 2013 - 10:20 -- Irene Teis

WE are astonished that only 50 of the 7917 malaria experts on www.malariaworld.org have an opinion on synthetic artemisinin production and the impact this may have on farmers in poor countries. Somebody sent us yesterday the blog “Why Synthetic Artemisinin Is Still a Bad Idea “ from Jim Thomas of the ETC Group. Hereafter a few excerpts which deserve consideration

Has malaria eradication taken place in ANY country through an outside agency?

June 12, 2013 - 07:38 -- Anton Alexander

To all MalariaWorld readers, does anyone know of ANY country that has been certified malaria-free by WHO and where the eradication campaign has been managed or controlled by an outside agency. If yes, please state the country when replying.

It would help a great deal if MalariaWorld readers would reply or comment so that I would know this blog has at least been read or considered. Please don't remain silent. Silence can lead to the equivalent of misinformation in this case.

Either a 'No' or a 'Yes + country' will suffice.

Thank you.

Anton Alexander

Who was directing the eradication campaigns in those countries certified by WHO as malaria-free?

June 8, 2013 - 07:10 -- Anton Alexander

I wish to consider the situations prevailing in those countries where within the last 90 years, malaria had previously been endemic but which countries have since been certified by WHO as malaria-free. In particular, I wish to examine generally whether or not the methods of eradication were initiated/directed/managed/controlled on a daily basis by persons of that country OR by persons from outside agencies.

Mosquitonets

June 2, 2013 - 17:09 -- Cris van Beek

Hello,

Who can tell me where I can find good LLIM mosquitonets for a good price.
We need about 2500 nets for 19 villages in Malawi.

If I do nou buy in Malawi, do we have to pay a certain tax and VAT importing in Malawi?
Thank you for your help.
Cris van Beek
Ritas kleine Schritte in Malawi (small steps)

Call for preliminary scientific data for “high risk” project proposals?

May 3, 2013 - 09:30 -- Sombroek HLI

Why not let MalariaWorld play a vital role in supporting ground breaking studies that often lack the preliminary ecological field data, required by traditional funders?
We, as dedicated scientists, can assemble a global bank of preliminary scientific field data for “high risk” project proposals to open new directions within malaria research. In doing so, young scientists are able to test creative ideas ahead of time and more experienced scientists are able to explore unexpected and promising observations or discoveries.

World Malaria Day

April 25, 2013 - 07:08 -- Andre Laas

Today, 25 April marks World Malaria Day.

It is a day to reflect back on the progress that has been made in combating malaria around the globe and to contemplate future directions for research and control efforts to curb the impact and spread of this fully preventable and treatable disease that affects millions of lives on a daily basis. Let’s spare a thought for the countless lives that have been lost to this disease, and for the millions of people whose lives are affected at this very moment. May 2013 see more victories than defeats in the global fight against Malaria!

New on MalariaWorld: Active member counter

April 3, 2013 - 17:56 -- Serge Christiaans
Tags: 

A member counter has been placed on MalariaWorld, showing the number of active members who actually log-in to our platform. This is a dynamic counter, which means that every new account will add up immediately. The counter shows on the front page just below the large banners (see screenshot below). On other pages you'll find it just below the blue main menu bar.

If you have any suggestions or  comments please don't hesitate to contact the MalariaWorld Team.
Hope you enjoy it

APMEN V Annual Meeting: Advancing the Agenda for Malaria Elimination in the Asia Pacific

March 20, 2013 - 21:09 -- Kelly Sanders

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) met for its fifth annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia from March 4 to 7, 2013.

Another interesting case

February 6, 2013 - 12:46 -- Ricardo Ataide

Pregnant woman arrives at the Maternity. She is worried because she had to leave her kids at home and the River Jurua is about to flood the area, so coming to the Maternity (which involves getting a boat lift from a neighbour and then walking 1.5 km)is a great deal. She is 31 weeks into her pregnancy. Two weeks ago she had a malaria episode, Pf, and was given Quinine and Clindamycin. Now she has diarrhea, lower abdominal pain, 9 g/dL of hemoglobin, 29% hematocrit.

Vaincre le paludisme

January 21, 2013 - 18:12 -- Fontenille Didier

 

Dear all,
 
The IRD (French Institut de recherche pour le développement) has posted useful information on malaria, particularly for non malariologists and students. It is in French yet, but easily translatable or understandable.
 
 
Best,
 
Didier Fontenille

Scientific research and local health services

January 18, 2013 - 04:41 -- Ricardo Ataide

In malaria endemic areas, researchers and basic health workers need to and often do find ways to join forces and complement each others work. Nevertheless, the prevalent idea among a few who are higher up in the health services is that researchers, like myself, are only there for the "kill". Some of the complaints are that we have a limited time-span in the area, we take joy in seeing a patient who provides us with some parasites and we ultimately take without giving in return. I think that these are usually the things we hear most (and mostly through the grapevine...).

Malaria eradication

January 2, 2013 - 09:57 -- Abeba Reda

I am from Ethiopia, have got BSC in medical Laboratory technology and MSc in tropical infectious disease. I am working as ass. researcher in malaria and other vector born research team, Infectious and non infectious department in Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI). I am very happy to share experience. Hope I will get more knowledge from you.
Best regards
Abeba Gebretsadik Reda
Malaria and other vector born research team
Infectious and non infectious disease department
Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute

M&E of Malaria Programs E-learning Course Launched

December 13, 2012 - 19:10 -- Gretchen Bitar


MEASURE Evaluation, a USAID-funded project, is excited to announce the launch of the M&E of Malaria Programs e-course.

M&E of Malaria Programs provides an overview of fundamental concepts of monitoring and evaluation as they specifically relate to malaria prevention and control programs. It provides an overview of:

'The Epidemiology and Control of malaria in Palestine' by I Kligler1930

November 30, 2012 - 09:00 -- Anton Alexander

It may be of interest to readers of MalariaWorld that the long-forgotten, overlooked, but still relevant book by Dr I Kligler, published in 1930, entitled 'The Epidemiology and Control of malaria in Palestine' is now available without charge to be read in its entirety at www.kligler1930.com . Kligler was the architect in Palestine of probably the first successful national malaria-eradication campaign in the world, the campaign was begun in 1922 and it was conducted without vaccines and without reliance on mosquito bednets. The website includes the review in 1930 by Science Magazine.

Mosquito nets used for keeping trapped falcons fresh

November 14, 2012 - 08:55 -- Henk Bouwman

It is known that mosquito nets are used to trap fish.

Recently however, shocking news from India sowed that Amur Falcons are trapped by the thousands for human consumption.

http://www.conservationindia.org/campaigns/amur-massacre

120 000 to 140 000 falcons are estimated to be trapped and killed per season.

To keep the falcons fresh, they are kept under mosquito netting, or what the reporters called mosquito netting. Pictures on the website shows what looks like netting used as cages. It is not reported how many nets are used for this purpose.

mosquito tweets

November 6, 2012 - 13:03 -- Patrick Sampao

There have been quite a number of mosquito tweets on my timeline lately. I ve seen "I had this good dream" this silly mosquito woke me up. "I smeared a mosquito on the wall, feels quite nice actually" If you think you are too small to make an impact try sleeping in the same room with a mosquito.

At this rate mosquitobite hashtag will soon trend. Or maybe its because its raining in Kenya and breeding sites are quite many.

Malaria Elimination Country Case Study 4: Preventing reintroduction in Mauritius

October 11, 2012 - 20:43 -- The Global Heal...

Many countries are nearing — or have already achieved — malaria elimination, as documented by a new series of case studies by The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco and the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Malaria Programme. Having worked in collaboration with ministries of health in affected countries, the two organizations highlight new evidence about what works — and what does not — for reaching and sustaining zero malaria transmission.

Malaria Elimination Country Case Study 3: Progress towards elimination in Sri Lanka

October 11, 2012 - 20:39 -- The Global Heal...

Many countries are nearing — or have already achieved — malaria elimination, as documented by a new series of case studies by The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco and the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Malaria Programme. Having worked in collaboration with ministries of health in affected countries, the two organizations highlight new evidence about what works — and what does not — for reaching and sustaining zero malaria transmission.

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