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More Reasons for Malaria Elimination in Africa

January 7, 2010 - 09:48 -- Patrick Sampao

No war is harder than when you have to face an enemy who gets a chance to regroup and rearm regulary hence coming back with more vigor each time. This is the kind of warfare Kenya has to encounter with malaria. The country is currently facing more than its fair share of problems with malaria. In recent times the war against malaria in Kenya has been hampered by multiple factors under which the disease reinvents itself.

 

WMS (Web Map Service) Server for geo-spatial information: Developement for emergency case management?

December 18, 2009 - 00:40 -- Usa Lek-Uthai
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Develop a mobile rapid data collection and referral systems and to update emergency and severity patients and also priority of disaster information’s on a server in real time has been recognized.

Recently, mobile devices such as PDA, Mobile Phones, GPS, which can be connected each other easily, are becoming available in the market. Internet connection through mobile phone is available (such as GPRS). The development of a WMS (Web Map Service) Server for geo-spatial information sharing is interesting.

 

Spatial mosquito repellents may provide opportunities for increasing preventive coverage against malaria

November 29, 2009 - 08:31 -- Fredros Okumu
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Though mosquito repellents are among the best known personal protection measures, their use outside the deployed-warfighter-communities is limited. The need for active user participation, discipline, consistent applications and their high costs make civilian applications of mosquito repellents a less appreciated option for use against malaria or other mosquito borne infections. there has also been the argument that repelling mosquitoes without killing them might divert the host seeking mosquitoes to bite persons within the household/environment who do not apply the repellents.

Will Kenya eliminate malaria by 2017?

November 23, 2009 - 08:58 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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The atmosphere in the press room was one of excitement, when it was announced that Kenya would see its last case of endemic malaria in the year 2017

This date came from the 2007 Malaria Indicator Survey, showing that malaria is on the decline in various parts of the country. Kenya has therefore chosen the path towards elimination, and will do so when having sufficient funding.

Think globally: act ... area-wide

November 20, 2009 - 22:15 -- Mark Benedict
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MalariaWorld Newsletter recipients would need to have their heads buried in the sand if they were not well aware of numerous threats to the current methods for reducing malaria transmission. Whether the intervention is insecticides or drugs, their sustainability is threatened by failures which - it is hoped - will not become widespread. Of greater concern for those who are responsible for implementing programs are the complexities of applying control methods in different cultures, education in different languages and achieving sufficient compliance.

MIM

November 16, 2009 - 08:50 -- Marit Farenhorst
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I really enjoyed the MIM conference at Nairobi.
It was great to see so many people keen to interact, share knowledge and to communicate freely via this great MalariaWorld platform. This will surely open many doors for us young scientist.
Thank you MalariaWorld!

The development and evaluation of a single step multiplex PCR for simultaneous detection of Anopheles annularis group mosquitoes, human host preference and Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite presence

October 25, 2009 - 17:45 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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Sunita Swain, Amitav Mohanty, Namita Mahapatra, S.K. Parida, N.S. Marai, H.K. Tripathy, Santanu K. Kar, Rupenangshu K. Hazra
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Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 103, Issue 11, November 2009, Pages 1146-1152, doi:10.1016/j.trstmh.2009.03.022

The Anopheles annularis group mosquitoes, subgenus Cellia Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae), includes five recognized species: An. annularis Van der Wulp, An. nivipes Theobald, An. pallidus Theobald, An. philippinensis Ludlow and An. schueffneri Stanton. From these five, the three most common species found in Orissa were considered for this study because of their remarkable vectorial and behavioral variation and the important role they play in malaria transmission. To identify and understand their role in malaria transmission we developed a single multiplex PCR-based assay.  This one-step PCR-based method constitutes a very powerful tool in large surveys of anopheline populations.

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MalariaWorld is now ready for Web3.0

October 9, 2009 - 14:20 -- Serge Christiaans
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What is the Semantic Web? The guy given credit for inventing the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, explains:

"I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The intelligent agents; people have touted for ages will finally materialize"

SysAdmin appreciation day

October 8, 2009 - 09:11 -- Serge Christiaans
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System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin DaySysAdminDay or SAAD, was created by system administrator Ted Kekatos. Kekatos was inspired to create the special day by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator is presented with flowers and fruit-baskets by grateful co-workers as thanks for installing new printers.

The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000. The next holiday is Friday, July 30, 2010.

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