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January 7, 2012 - 16:38 -- Tom Olijhoek

 While in Europe the European ‘s Commission Digital Agenda is paving the way for Open Access to publicly funded research data (Data Access ) and Publications (OpenAire plus), the political landscape in the US looks quite differently.

The Actual Situation of Malaria... yet another debate

December 11, 2011 - 10:00 -- Eric Ndofor

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.

Information Obesity: Too Big Too Know and ways to deal with Open Access to everything

November 28, 2011 - 14:47 -- Tom Olijhoek

 • 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.

Grand Challenges Canada round 2. I need the community's support!

October 21, 2011 - 13:11 -- Dave Richard

New Malaria Atlases Highlight Prospects For Elimination

October 17, 2011 - 07:23 -- The Global Heal...

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.

Open Access needs Open Education and Vice-Versa

October 13, 2011 - 13:38 -- Tom Olijhoek

 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  the basic knowledge or technologies necessary for a decent life, to raise their children, eat well, enjoy good health and improve their circumstances. They also lack the empowerment that goes with solving their own problems. (From: Open Science, CSIRO Publishing  2010)

Cost & feasibility of mosquito control with larviciding and environmental engineering in an urban area

September 23, 2011 - 13:34 -- Rune Bosselmann

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.

Why Open Access 2.0 Ultimately Leads to Better Science

September 20, 2011 - 09:15 -- Tom Olijhoek

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.

My malaria control view

July 27, 2011 - 14:12 -- Jacques Drolet

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.

Undefined day

July 12, 2011 - 15:28 -- Javier Ibañez

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.

Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Meeting Held in Sabah, Malaysia

May 26, 2011 - 21:00 -- The Global Heal...

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.

The conspiracies behind malaria eradication in Africa must stop!

May 11, 2011 - 12:07 -- Stephen Yeboah

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].

Outcome of Poster Session on Innovative Alternatives to DDT held alongside the 5. Meeting of the Stockholm Convention

May 10, 2011 - 08:46 -- Stefanie Keller

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.

APMEN welcomes two new partners: Thailand and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

April 15, 2011 - 18:36 -- The Global Heal...

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) announced that two new partners have joined the Network – Thailand and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Thailand is the eleventh County Partner to join the Network. Thailand has made significant progress over the last 10 years, reducing cases by 75% from 2000 to 2009, and has developed a strategy of sub-national malaria elimination, focusing on the central and eastern portions of the country. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) joins the ranks of the Network’s 21 Partner Institutions.

Water resources development and malaria transmission in Sub Saharan Africa: What is needed?

April 15, 2011 - 09:03 -- Solomon Kibret

In recent years, there seems to have a boost in construction of large dams and irrigation schemes in sub-saharan Africa, mainly in Ethiopia. With recognition of such infrastructures to ensure economic development and allevate poverty, Ethiopia is building large dams and constructing large irrigation schemes in parts of the countries where malaria is endemic. However, such water infrastructures have been shown to intensify malaria transsmission in communities living close to water storages.

A better method for estimating the real strength of LLIN

April 14, 2011 - 11:55 -- Rune Bosselmann

Measuring bursting strength is the standard method for evaluating mosquito net strength. However, in real life use scenarios of nets these are rarely exposed to the kind of strain they are exposed to in this test. It would correspond to, more or less, if you were to grab on to a net by the hands, uniformly and without penetrating the mesh with your fingers, and pull the net apart. Few people can do that. However, if you put the netting on a nail at one end and pull with your hand at the other, a hole will be ripped with very little effort.

PPAR-gamma agonists for the treatment of cerebral malaria - tweaking the host response to save brains

April 7, 2011 - 14:48 -- Lena Serghides

Even when treated with the best anti-malaria drugs 1 in 5 children with cerebral malaria will die, and of the survivors 1 in 4 will be left with long-term learning and memory impairment. This is because the host response to the infection plays as much a role in contributing to the development of cerebral malaria as does the parasite itself. Although conventional therapies for malaria can be very effective at eliminating the parasite, they do little to modulate the host response.

A novel antimalarial treatment based on engineered antibodies

April 6, 2011 - 16:06 -- Horacio Bach

The treatment of malaria has been hampered by the appearance of parasites resistant to conventional malaria drugs. Disease progression relies on the adherence of parasite-containing red blood cells to the blood vessel tissues. This condition allows the parasite to evade its clearance from the blood. Current treatments focus on killing the parasites inside of infected red blood cells but resistant strains have evolved with the ability to pump the drugs out of the erythrocytes.

Price Subsidy Schemes for Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapies (ACTs): Do They Work?

April 5, 2011 - 19:26 -- The Global Heal...

Although ACTs are recommended as first line treatment for uncomplicated malaria, actual use of ACT is very limited, partly due to its high price in pharmacies and retail stores. The Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm), a donor-funded global price subsidy, has been proposed as a strategy to increase ACT use in malaria-endemic countries. Given that donor-supported ACT subsidy schemes are costly, it is crucial to ensure that they have their intended impact.

Where Malaria Wins

March 24, 2011 - 14:59 -- Patrick Sampao

For most part my colleagues Stella, Kabogo and I are often holed up in Malaria World, Nairobi office digging through hundreds of journals to pick out anything relevant to the “Malaria World”. Over the past weeks we have held discussions of what really happens out there, how is the war against malaria coming along? Are we loosing or winning?