How concerned is WHO about the so-called “super malaria” parasite in South-East Asia?
A recent letter published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reported that a drug-resistant malaria is on the march in Southeast Asia. It has rapidly made its way from western Cambodia, through northeastern Thailand, to southern Laos; now it has landed in southern Vietnam, where it is causing alarming rates of treatment failure. Following the publication of the letter in the Lancet Infectious Diseases (October 2017) Dr. Nicholas White, head of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme replied that at this time WHO does not consider the threat of antimalarial drug resistance a public health emergency of international concern. Alonso states that "... parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines is a serious problem. But we must not create unnecessary alarm. Providing timely access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment should be our primary focus." (WHO, 29 September 2017)
- Spread of a single multidrug resistant malaria parasite lineage (PfPailin) to Vietnam (Lancet Infectious Diseases, Published October 2017)
- Drug-resistant malaria is spreading, but experts clash over its global risk (Science, 11 OCtober 2017)
- Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion: How concerned should we be? (WHO, 29 September 2017)
Reminder: Invitation for medical entomologists in Africa (in English and French)
If you are working in the field of medical entomology in Africa you are invited to participate in the survey of the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. PAMCA is currently establishing a database of individuals operating in the field of medical entomology, in particular mosquito-borne diseases, across Africa. Click here to read more about the PAMCA survey.
You can enter the survey in English or in French by clicking the following links:
- ENGLISH SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EntomologyAfrica
- FRENCH SURVEY: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/EntomologieAfrique
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More than 180 scientists, malaria programme managers and policy makers from around the world have come together through a consultative process to update the research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication, first produced in 2011. The outcome is a series of seven ‘malERA Refresh’ (malaria eradication research agenda) papers that have undergone expert peer review and will soon be published i
On behalf of the 7th MIM local organizing committee, the MIM Secretariat and the Conference Scientific committee, we are pleased to announce that the abstract, symposium and exhibition submission deadline has been extended to October 31st, 2017 in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the upcoming 7th MIM conference.
A word from one of our keynote speakers at the MIM2018 , Prof. Peter Agre : 2003 Nobel prize recipient in Chemistry. “My sense tells me that this would be an opportunity to meet many young scientists, that I’ve never met previously, and who are doing important work, particularly work relevant to the problems in Africa.”
A word from one of our keynote speakers at the MIM2018, Dr. Thomas Kariuki : Director of Alliance for accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) & African Academy of Sciences (AAS). “Congratulations to the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) for being chosen to host the MIM conference, that’s excellent news for Senegal, and I’m looking forward to participating in the meeting.”
Today 21 September 2017, Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso.
With the addition of five new focus countries in West and Central Africa, PMI will have programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa,
Already in 1925 burns were treated with tannins.
As it often happened in the past century the use of this natural product in the treatment of wounds was abandoned in the mid-forties due to the availability of topical antibacterial agents. It has regained interest. A clinical trial in Malawi comparing a decoction of ground tea stalks with silver sulfadiazine gave better results for bacterial growth, eschar formation.
L Chokotho, E van Hasselt. The use of tannins in the local treatment of burn wounds-a pilot study. Malawi Med Journal, 2005, 17, 19-20
We are very pleased to provide you with more information about our lineup of esteemed Keynote Speakers at the upcoming 7th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference!
20 years after the first MIM conference, Senegal will host the 7th edition, in Dakar, at the International Conference Centre Abdou Diouf on April 15-20, 2018.
Twenty years after the first MIM Conference which drew attention to major questions for malaria research, and identify ways to strengthen and sustain the research capacity of malaria endemic countries in Africa, several countries in Africa are now engaging towards malaria elimination. Focus in Senegal, the first country report in the Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact series describes how Senegal achieves a spectacular drop in its malaria burden.
Anthocyanins are generally accepted as the largest and most important group of water-soluble pigments in nature. Research articles on anthocyanins have escalated dramatically in the last 20 years : 230 in the decade from 1982 through 1991, 753 from 1992 through 2001 and 3043 from 2002 through 2012 Anthocyanin pigments and associated flavonoids have demonstrated ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases.
Mary Ann Lila, Anthocyanins and Human Health : an in vitro investigative Approach. J Biomed Biotechnol 2004, 5. 306-313
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.
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.
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.
BASF introduces first new class of public health insecticide for malaria prevention in more than 30 years.
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Efficient in use and costs
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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.
Day 4: Final scientific sessions and Krotoski closing lecture.