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Citizen science for monitoring the spatial and temporal dynamics of malaria vectors in relation to environmental risk factors in Ruhuha, Rwanda

December 17, 2021 - 21:33 -- Open Access
Marilyn Milumbu Murindahabi, Arash Hoseni, L. C. Corné Vreugdenhil, Arnold J. H. van Vliet, Jackie Umupfasoni, Alphonse Mutabazi, Emmanuel Hakizimana, P. Marijn Poortvliet, Leon Mutesa, Willem Takken and Constantianus J. M. Koenraadt
Malaria Journal 2021 20:453, 3 December 2021

As part of malaria prevention and control efforts, the distribution and density of malaria mosquitoes requires continuous monitoring. Resources for long-term surveillance of malaria vectors, however, are often limited. The aim of the research was to evaluate the value of citizen science in providing insight into potential malaria vector hotspots and other malaria relevant information, and to determine predictors of malaria vector abundance in a region where routine mosquito monitoring has not been established to support vector surveillance.

Assessing health-seeking behaviour and malaria prevention practices among communities in four districts of the Volta Region of Ghana

December 17, 2021 - 21:23 -- Open Access
Verner N. Orish, Raymond Saa-Eru Maalman, John Owusu Gyapong, et al.
Malaria Journal 2021 20:450, 27 November 2021

Malaria is a preventable disease that causes huge morbidity and mortality in malaria-endemic areas, especially among children and pregnant women. The malaria control programme focuses on the prevention of mosquito bites using insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and mosquito aerosol sprays and coils, as well as prevention of severe disease among those infected through prompt and adequate treatment. The success of the malaria control programme in Ghana is dependent on the malaria prevention practices of people in the community. Therefore, this study evaluated the malaria prevention practices of participants in four districts of the Volta Region of Ghana.

Community engagement approaches for malaria prevention, control and elimination: a scoping review protocol

October 16, 2021 - 13:04 -- Open Access
Awasthi KR, Jancey J, Clements ACA, Leavy JE
BMJ Open. 2021 Oct 5;11(10):e049812

Community engagement (CE) is important for malaria prevention, control and ultimately elimination. As the decline of malaria has plateaued over the last 5 years, strengthening CE approaches will be necessary to enhance health promotion practice and policy to drive malaria transmission down further. Countries have adopted a wide range of public health intervention approaches for malaria prevention and control that best suit their context. This review will examine the existing evidence on the various CE approaches adopted by malaria programmes across the world and their outcomes.

New Distribution Records of Anopheles darlingi in Quintana Roo, Southeastern Mexico

September 8, 2021 - 17:23 -- Open Access
Gómez-Rivera ÁS, Chan-Chablé RJ, Canto-Mis KL, Mis-Ávila PC, Correa-Morales F, Manrique-Saide P
J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2021 Sep 1;37(3):175-178

Anopheles darlingi is considered the main vector of malaria in the Neotropical region, so knowledge of its distribution in the Americas is highly relevant for the design of strategies for prevention and control of the illness.

NOT Open Access | An antibody for malaria prevention

September 8, 2021 - 17:11 -- NOT Open Access
O'Leary K
Nat Med. 2021 Sep 6

Despite existing public-health measures, the incidence of malaria is increasing in many regions. Malaria causes nearly 400,000 deaths annually; new measures are therefore urgently needed to help control this disease

An update on prevention of malaria in travelers

September 8, 2021 - 16:14 -- Open Access
Agudelo Higuita NI, White BP, Franco-Paredes C, McGhee MA
Ther Adv Infect Dis. 2021 Aug 30;8:20499361211040690

Malaria, a parasitic disease caused by protozoa belonging to the genus Plasmodium, continues to represent a formidable public health challenge. Despite being a preventable disease, cases reported among travelers have continued to increase in recent decades.

Transfusion-induced Plasmodium falciparum malaria in a beta thalassaemia patient during the prevention of re-establishment phase in Sri Lanka

September 1, 2021 - 16:30 -- Open Access
Pubudu Chulasiri, Prasad Ranaweera, Deepika Fernando, et al.
Malaria Journal 2021 20:352, 26 August 2021

Malaria was eliminated from Sri Lanka in 2012, and since then 50–60 imported malaria cases have been reported yearly. The country has remained malaria-free since, except for a single case of indigenous malaria in 2018. Blood donors are routinely screened for malaria, and transfusion malaria has not been reported in the country since 1966.

Qualitative Evaluation of the Africa Malaria Task Force Symposia Effectiveness on African Partner Nations' Malaria Vector Management Capacity

August 25, 2021 - 16:13 -- Open Access
Gebreyesus T, Lantry FJ, Reed E
Mil Med. 2021 Aug 23:usab345

Creating health alliances to build meaningful networks is critical to combating regional and global burdens of disease. These alliances work by uniting support for elimination efforts through cooperative engagement at the national and international levels. The reduction in malaria-related morbidity and mortality in Africa since 2001 is in part because of investments of international organizations and governments in national level malaria control and prevention-related programs and research. Investment in malaria reduction networks has contributed to this success by strengthening support to overcome the conditions that restrict or prevent change through local laboratory and epidemiological capacity building, thereby resulting in a decrease in burden of disease, increase in economic prosperity, and improvements in stability worldwide.

Integrated malaria prevention in rural communities in Uganda: a qualitative feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial

August 17, 2021 - 14:28 -- Open Access
Musoke D, Namata C, Ndejjo R, Ssempebwa JC, Musoke MB
Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2021 Aug 10;7(1):155

A randomised controlled trial (RCT) on integrated malaria prevention, which advocates the use of several malaria prevention methods holistically, has been proposed. However, before conducting an RCT, it is recommended that a feasibility study is carried out to provide information to support the main study, particularly for such a complex intervention. Therefore, a feasibility study for an RCT on integrated malaria prevention in Uganda was conducted.

Prevention of re-establishment of malaria

June 5, 2021 - 06:26 -- Open Access
Allan Schapira and Anatoly Kondrashin
Malaria Journal 2021 20:243, 31 May 2021

The current consensus on prevention of re-establishment of malaria is based on the following principles: (1) Fundamental role of general health services; (2) Surveillance; (3) Vector control; (4) Border actions; (5) Intersectoral collaboration.


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