Insects employ a variety of cues to find and identify resources. One of the most intriguing questions about insect behaviour is how chemical cues influence communication and orientation. When studying mosquitoes, research is directed at understanding how human-emitted odours influence orientation from a distance and landing on the host, and how repellents interfere with these behaviours. This has an immense value if we think of a way to prevent malaria mosquitoes from detecting human hosts.
I don't know about you, but this week my Facebook, email and news feeds have been flooded with the Kony2012 video and the many pro- and con- reactions to it. I myself have watched the video and, albeit feeling it was over simplistic and a bit Hollywoodesc, I felt that it was clever as a tool to make people more aware of child-soldiers, war-crimes and the people responsible.
In recent years, in Brazil and in South-East Asia at least, there have been reported decreases of P. falciparum cases that have not been coupled to a similar decrease of P. vivax. This has led researchers to focus more and more on P. vivax and it has also led to the ‘sudden’ realization that we know very little about it. Although numerous studies have looked at P. falciparum interactions with a myriad of other pathogens, virtually nothing is known in the case of P. vivax. Curiously, very little is also known between the interactions of both species with each other.
The disappointment and criticism about malaria elimination in Africa is palpable. There is an impression that the campaign of malaria eradication in Africa is sometimes rudderless, with money being thrown uselessly or ineffectively at the problem.
A new website has just been launched where people can tell their personal stories on how they have benefitted from access to research, or suffered from the lack of it. The new site is called Who needs access? You need access? has been developed by Mike Taylor who is an active member of the @ccess community. Its goal is to tell stories of many different kinds of people — teachers, doctors, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs — who need access to research papers.
This month was the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, considered by many as the start of the open access movement. In the past 10 years the term open access has come to mean a lot of different things. Publishers have been giving this label to very different kinds of open access. In many cases reading of the articles is all that is allowed but reuse and redistribution are often strictly forbidden. This is in marked contrast to the original definition of Open Access by the BOAI:
Platforms like MalariaWorld and so many others offer us the possibility of accessing freely information on malaria research and, importantly, offer us the possibility of engaging in public, healthy, constructive discussions on what we read. In some cases, we can actually have the ‘crème de la crème’ of the respective fields there, at our fingertips, to answer our doubts, our questions and sometimes, why not, our criticism.
Hope your Christmas was full of fun but also renewed and strengthened your relationship with God.
I wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year 2012 and hopefully malaria cases and deaths will continue to reduce.
National and Regional statistics on malaria cases and deaths and related issues such as distribution of treated nets does not reflect the actual situation on the ground. For example, with improvement in surveillance systems following institutional strengthening, some countries recently reported a significant "increase" in Malaria cases and deaths after years of reporting decrease.We are talking about the quality of data collection, analysis, synthesis and dissemination.
At this time, we should be talking about reducing malaria to an acceptable level (pre-elimination) before looking at elimination. We have not achieved pre-elimination yet even in the Americas where tremendous progress in reducing malaria has been achieved.
• Information is now a social asset and should be made public, for anyone to link, organize, and make more valuable.
• There’s no such thing as “too much” information. More information gives people the hooks to find what they need.
Dear Malaria Worker,
While the use of geospatial data to inform national malaria programs is gaining popularity, this country-level data is not well known in the global malaria community. Country-level and regional maps that focus on progress and prospects towards malaria elimination are now available through two new publications from the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco and the Malaria Atlas Project at the University of Oxford.
While one in six humans lives in abject poverty, half the world’s people live in a state of knowledge deprivation, meaning that they cannot obtain
This is the last of a string articles from a project on use of larviciding, using b.sphaericus granules of a "kitchen counter" formulation, and bit of environmental engineering for mosquito control. The method provided better than 90% mosquito reduction in the intervention zone. The results were detailed in previous reports from the study in two urban areas in Burkina Faso.
Apart from all the other arguments in favour of open access there may be two less obvious reasons to support it. These reasons are that it may contribute to better science by counter-acting the publication bias in the current publication system, and by discouraging selective publishing on the part of the author.
We are trying to get the culture in-vitro from Plasmodium falciparum to work with it in researchs of antimalarial effects with native extracts form Ecuador.
Some can help us to get the parasite stock.
Master in Parasitology
Immuno-therapy is to therapeutic treatments what vector modification is to vector control. In other words, increasing the self-defense potential of either humans or mosquitoes is addressing the source of the problem for humans and for mosquitoes, both approaches giving a fundamentally hard time to Plasmo. Although I think that techniques like impregnated nets and breeding site reduction will continue to be needed, giving humans (vaccination) and mosquitoes (popcorn wolbachia) the means to fight back Plasmo is leading the true way out of malaria.
Yes, colleages. Sometimes oneself wake up at the early morning and feels inspired to discover something new.Then the newer thing which discover is that many time before something was wrong with any folder, or whatever since that neither no advance in the research nor newer thing to discover tranform the reality coming back the first feeling like a boomerang showing yourself lost in a undefined day.
Just a silly funny song I wrote about malaria. I think I borrowed parts of the tune from Monty Python!! Hope they're ok with it... :)
"lyrics and music by Ataíde, R"
The third annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) was held May 9-12, 2011 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The meeting celebrated the on-going efforts within the region to reduce the scourge of malaria, to share experiences on how countries are working towards elimination of malaria, and work collaboratively on projects in research, capacity building, and advocacy. In attendance were 80 representatives from the 11 Country Partners and research and partner institutions from the region, including the WHO.
Malaria continues to threaten the lives of people despite huge funds made available to fight this preventable disease. According to the 2010 report “Breaking the Cycle: Saving Lives and Protecting the Future” by the Department for International Development (DFID), global funding for malaria has increased from $0.733 billion in 2006 to $1.94 billion in 2009. Despite the increasing funds for malaria control, the disease still kills about 800,000 people each year with the Africa [Sub-Saharan region] being the hardest hit [90 percent].
Biovision, in support of the implementation of the Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT, has organised a series of posters to present alternatives to DDT. The posters on innovative products, methods and alternative strategies for malaria vector control have been displayed alongside the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.