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August 18, 2017 - 07:02 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

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The underestimated role of taurine

August 14, 2017 - 06:18 -- Pierre Lutgen

                                                                           Or why cats and dogs are malariafree.

Taurine, a sulfur-containing amino acid, is the most abundant amino acid in mammals, occurring both in cells and in blood plasma. High concentrations of taurine are found in the heart, retina, bile, brain, plasma, platelets, leucocytes, whereas smaller amounts are found in liver, erythrocytes, muscles, kidney.

        Cécile Petton. La taurine: point sur ses propriétés et son utilization en 2011. Thèse de doctorat. Université dde Nantes 2011.

Video from #Malaria Consortium Fighting Malaria in the Sahel

August 11, 2017 - 16:11 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

For the 25 million children who live across the Sahel, where there is a seasonal surge in malaria incidence, the World Health Organization recommends seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) as an effective tool in the fight against malaria. Approximately 12 million children were protected through SMC programmes in 2016, with over 6.4 million children covered through the ACCESS-SMC project, funded by UNITAID and led by Malaria Consortium in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. 

Special message for medical entomologists in Africa | Message spécial pour les entomologistes médicaux en Afrique

August 11, 2017 - 09:31 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

We are excited to start a survey for the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. PAMCA is currently establishing a database of all institutions and individual scientists operating in the field of medical entomology, in particular mosquito borne diseases, across Africa.

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.

Ultrapurity: a fatal error in pharmacognosy

June 11, 2017 - 16:55 -- Pierre Lutgen

It is common belief and a dogma of the Western school medicine that valid results with the extracts of natural products can only be obtained if individual constituents are isolated and purified to the highest grade. This entails that most, if not all, scientific papers describing research in this field are based on monotherapies with ultrapure products.

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.

Artemisia guérit en RDC 18 cas de malaria sévère quand les ACT ont échoué.

April 29, 2017 - 17:56 -- Pierre Lutgen

This is a translation of  the Worcester Polytechnic Institute press release 

Worcester, Mass. – April 24, 2017 – Quand les remèdes prescrits n’arrivaient plus à guérir 18 impaludés en situation désespérée, leur médecin traitant dans une clinique du Congo, en se basant sur les procedures du “compassionate use” de l’EMA, a eu recours à un mécicament non encore officiellement autorisé et consistant en comprimés de feuilles séchées de la plante Artemisia annua (désignés sous DLA).

New from MESA: Malaria researchers share cutting-edge science, on film

April 26, 2017 - 14:23 -- MESA Alliance

In February 2017, malaria experts from around the world gathered in Kampala, Uganda  to attend "Malaria: From Innovation to Eradication", a conference organized by Keystone Symposia in collaboration with MESA.  Eight scientists shared their cutting edge research with MESA, on film. 

New from MESA: ‘Top 5 Picks!’ – Researchers choose their favourite malaria articles from the past year

April 26, 2017 - 13:59 -- MESA Alliance

“As a researcher working in a country that has decided to take on the challenge of eliminating malaria, the knowledge in the paper is enriching”. This is how Sandra Chishimba chose her ‘Top Pick’ article for World Malaria Day 2017.  MESA (Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance) asked five experts what recent paper has helped them in their effort to outsmart malaria. The papers had to be open access, authored by another group, and published in the last 12 months.

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.

The 2017 malaria avalanche

April 2, 2017 - 19:29 -- Pierre Lutgen

Bigpharma-WHO-Gates desperately try to ignore peer reviewed scientific papers documenting the spread of ACT resistance in at least 12 African countries (see “Artemisinin resistance In Africa” www.malariaworld.org).

Several medical teams in Africa have demonstrated in randomized, double blind clinical trials that Artemisia infusions are powerful in therapy and prophylaxis (see “Breaking news from clinical trials with Artemisia plants” www.malariaworld.org).

Village planning for intrinsic prevention of malaria transmission

March 25, 2017 - 19:51 -- William Jobin

The Eltahir group at MIT has recently published a pioneering study which makes it possible to plan resettlement and new villages in ways which will permanently minimize malaria transmission, because of ecological design. This is especially valuable for engineers planning resettlement communities related to large reservoirs and irrigation systems.

Such safe designs reduce the need for the ephemeral methods based on drugs, bednets and insecticides.

The report is:

The antimalarial davanone in several Artemisia species

March 11, 2017 - 20:03 -- Pierre Lutgen

In Mexico eight species of Artemisia have been described and among them just Artemisia ludoviciana has been empirically used in the treatment of intermittent fever (malaria). To know whether this Mexican Artemisia had antimalarial activity several in vivo experiments were performed, on mice infected by Plasmodium yoelii yoelii, in a four-day test scheme. The results of the in vivo experiments showed that the parasite reproduction was inhibited up to 98.6% at the fifth day.

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