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El Salvador's journey to malaria elimination

December 10, 2020 - 11:16 -- Malaria World


By Nothing but Nets, 30 November 2020

In 2020, El Salvador marked a major milestone in its long fight against malaria. It is the first Central American country to reach zero cases of malaria for three consecutive years and apply for the World Health Organization malaria-free certification. 

Plant the seed, fight the fever: a grassroots anti-malaria-campaign

December 10, 2020 - 10:10 -- Malaria World

What if there was an herb that could defeat the malaria parasite and save a thousand lives per day, every day? One you could grow in your backyard, which costs next to nothing, and could be easily available for everybody in need?

The Film THE FEVER portrays the fight against malaria in East Africa as a case study in greed, courage and self-determination. 

When are the words "malarias" and "plasmodia" incorrect?

December 2, 2020 - 16:41 -- Miles Markus

The misused plural words "malarias" and "plasmodia" have previously been mentioned in the MalariaWorld Newsletter (the former only in passing). Here, I highlight the usage problem by expanding on the subject.

New from MESA: Key takeaways from the ASTMH Annual Meeting by the MESA Correspondents

December 2, 2020 - 10:24 -- MESA Alliance

 

This ASTMH Annual Meeting was intense! If you missed any of the sessions or want to recap what was discussed, you can read the summaries of more than 25 symposia written by the MESA Correspondents.

World Malaria Report 2020

November 30, 2020 - 14:21 -- Malaria World


The 2020 edition of the World malaria report takes a historical look at key milestones that helped shape the global response to the disease over the last 2 decades – a period of unprecedented success in malaria control. The report features a detailed analysis on progress towards the 2020 milestones of WHO’s global malaria strategy and a special section on malaria and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Podcast: Conserved Antigen Pb22 Plays a Critical Role in Male Gametogenesis in P. Berghei

November 27, 2020 - 07:27 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 27 November 2020
Pb22, a protein expressed by Plasmodium berghei, may play an important role in the transmission of malaria, and review on the use of tafenoquine finds that the drug is well-tolerated and effective.
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WHO Report on antimalarial drug efficacy, resistance and response: 10 years of surveillance (2010–2019)

November 26, 2020 - 07:26 -- Malaria World

 

Brochure

This brochure complements the Report on antimalarial drug efficacy, resistance and response: 10 years of surveillance (2010–2019). It includes the report's main findings, key definitions and background information for non-experts.

Podcast: Parasite Viability Is a Superior Indicator of Antimalarial Drug Activity

November 20, 2020 - 06:23 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 20 November 2020
Determining drug efficacy through parasite clearance half-life may underestimate the activity of some antimalarial drugs, and the WHO publishes new guidance on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes.
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How Many Cases of Plasmodium vivax Malaria are Relapses?

November 17, 2020 - 22:35 -- Miles Markus

Are up to 80% or more of detectable Plasmodium vivax malarial recurrences relapses (a relapse being a hypnozoite-mediated recurrence)? This is a topical matter and a very interesting question.

Podcast: ‘Memory-Like’ Imprints in γδ T Cells Allow for Better Response to Future Malaria Infection

November 13, 2020 - 18:16 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute,13 November 2020
New research examines the long-term impact of malaria infection on γδ T cells, and a review of malaria cases among pregnant women in Lagos, Nigeria, explores the impact of preventative measures on the prevalence of malaria and anaemia.
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New from MESA: ASTMH Symposium - Responding to the challenge of vector borne diseases in the context of urban expansion

November 11, 2020 - 11:45 -- MESA Alliance

This symposium will bring together a wide range of actors to discuss the challenges posed by urban expansion and how they interfere with vector borne diseases, with a focus on malaria. Stay tuned to join the conversation!

Podcast: Microneedle Patches the Future of Malaria Diagnosis

November 6, 2020 - 15:32 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 6 November 2020
A new diagnostic tool using microneedles eliminates the need for a fingerprick, and researchers develop a more efficient gene-drive system that overcomes the challenge of genetic resistance.
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New from MESA: Housing improvements to reduce malaria transmission - A conversation with Dr Lucy Tusting

November 4, 2020 - 15:29 -- MESA Alliance

Photograph credits © Jakob Knudsen 2019: left - Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya; right - Drone photo, suburb of Tanga, Tanzania. Houses constructed over an estimated 20 years. The oldest roofs are rusty, the newest in  bright colours. Also visible are foundations and half built houses. People build in a long, incremental process whenever money is available.

Dr Lucy Tusting, Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and co-director of the BOVA network, discusses the relationship between housing, urbanisation and health and how housing improvements may reduce malaria transmission.

Importance of Serology in Plasmodium vivax Infection

November 4, 2020 - 01:31 -- Miles Markus

Attention has been drawn to the use of serology for revealing subclinical Plasmodium vivax malaria that can lead to ongoing transmission of the disease in human communities if parasite carriers are not treated [1].

Podcast: How Malaria Parasite Survive During the Dry Season

October 30, 2020 - 14:58 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 30 October 2020
Researchers find that a change in parasite behaviour may help them survive in the human host during the dry season, and the importance of preventative malaria treatment in school children is demonstrated in a recent review.
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CLOSED: Call for applications: Wellcome Investigator Awards in Science

October 29, 2020 - 17:25 -- Malaria World

Career stage: Leading a research programme
Where your host organisation is based: UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries (apart from India and mainland China)
Type of researcher: Basic, Clinical, Public health
Level of funding: Flexible funding, up to around £3 million. Salary isn’t provided.
Duration of funding: Flexible duration, up to 7 years

New from MESA: Meet the MESA Correspondents that will cover the virtual ASTMH 2020 Annual Meeting

October 29, 2020 - 10:04 -- MESA Alliance

 

The MESA Correspondent volunteers report on the latest in malaria research from conferences around the world. The synopses are shared online, enabling people who could not attend the meeting to read about the latest advances. The MESA Correspondents Program is a collaboration between MESA and the conference organizers.

Podcast: Treatment Delays Increase Chances of Developing Severe Malaria

October 23, 2020 - 15:07 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 23 October 2020
Researchers examine the relationship between treatment delay and the development of severe malaria and targeting extra-chromosomal DNA belonging to the malaria parasite could help to prevent the development of antimalarial resistance.
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A catholic organisation in Austria dislikes film on herbal medicine.

October 22, 2020 - 11:58 -- Pierre Lutgen

The film « The Fever » of Katharina Weingärtner was released on September 25 and is well received by public and media. It depicts the fight of African universities and grassroot organizations for local solutions and remedies against the sharp increase in malaria fatalities over the recent years. 500 000 more in 2020 according to WHO !

Malaria, IgE, COVID-19, and Vaccines

October 21, 2020 - 00:16 -- Miles Markus

A Blog by Pierre Lutgen in the MalariaWorld Newsletter (https://malariaworld.org/search/site/Malaria%20inhibits%20Covid) refers to the high overall Immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels that have been found in human populations in areas where malaria is endemic. Further to what is explained in his Blog, but on a different subject:

New from MESA: Call for Experts for the MESA Correspondents Program

October 20, 2020 - 16:02 -- MESA Alliance

MESA is seeking malaria experts in all technical areas that wish to contribute to the Correspondents Program as Senior Editors by mentoring and supporting the MESA Correspondents volunteers that will cover the ASTMH Annual Meeting. If you want to be involved or would like further details, please contact us at mesa@isglobal.org.

Podcast: Molecules That Aid Parasite Movement Could Provide New Drug Targets

October 16, 2020 - 13:39 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 16 October 2020
Scientists characterise Myosin A motor to assess its importance in parasite mobility and researchers stress the need to evaluate both the quality and quantity of induced antibodies to determine vaccine efficacy.
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