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Roles and challenges of construction firms and public health entomologists in ending indoor malaria transmission in African setting

November 22, 2016 - 17:32 -- Open Access
Eliningaya J. Kweka
Malaria Journal 2016 15:554, 14 November 2016

Indoor malaria transmission reduction across sub-Saharan Africa has been attained through implementation of long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spray interventions with small-scale larval source management.

Medical Treatment: 

When will we get off drugs and biocides ?

September 19, 2016 - 12:58 -- William Jobin

In a recent article about the spread of resistance to ACT in SE Asia, the authors recommend new drugs and better drug strategies:

'FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2016 Sep 8. pii: fuw037. [Epub ahead of print]
The clinical impact of artemisinin resistance in Southeast Asia and the potential for future spread.
Woodrow CJ1, White NJ2'.

Similarly, multiple resistance of Anopheline vectors is supposedly to be met with more careful selection of insecticides!

Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: a modelling assessment of potential impact on transmission

September 6, 2016 - 17:56 -- Open Access
Jessica L. Waite, Penelope A. Lynch and Matthew B. Thomas
Malaria Journal 2016 15:449, 2 September 2016

Using predictive models to assess the benefit of new technologies has great value, and is especially pertinent prior to conducting expensive, large scale, randomized controlled trials.


Not Open Access | Commentary: The threat (or not) of insecticide resistance for malaria control

August 19, 2016 - 18:43 -- NOT Open Access
Matthew B. Thomas and Andrew F. Read
PNAS August 9, 2016 vol. 113 no. 32 8900-8902

Malaria burdens have fallen dramatically this century, in large part because around a billion long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) have been introduced into Africa (1, 2).


Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: an introduction

August 16, 2016 - 17:55 -- Open Access
Bart G. J. Knols, Marit Farenhorst, Matthew B. Thomas, et al.
Malaria Journal 2016 15:404, 11 August 2016

In spite of massive progress in the control of African malaria since the turn of the century, there is a clear and recognized need for additional tools beyond long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) of insecticides, to progress towards elimination.


CLOSED: Job: Country Director - Equatorial Guinea

August 5, 2016 - 05:22 -- MalariaWorld Jobs
Position: Country Director
Organization: MCDI (Medical Care Development International)
Location: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Closing Date: 1 September 2016
MCDI requires a Country Director to manage and represent its portfolio of health projects in Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa. Ongoing projects include the Bioko Island Malaria Control Project (BIMCP III), the Equatorial Guinea Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EGMVI) and the Equatorial Guinea Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Project.

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency and reduced haemoglobin levels in African children with severe malaria

July 12, 2016 - 16:52 -- Open Access
Christian N. Nguetse, Christian G. Meyer, Ayola Akim Adegnika, Tsiri Agbenyega, Bernhards R. Ogutu, Peter G. Kremsner and Thirumalaisamy P. Velavan
Malaria Journal 2016 15:346, 7 July 2016

In this study, moderately (type A+) and severely (type A−) G6PD deficiency showed significant association with lower haemoglobin concentrations at baseline in African children with severe malaria without leading to severe malarial anaemia.


PMI and Swiss Cheese

July 6, 2016 - 13:07 -- William Jobin

There is dangerous obstacle - we call it the Immunity Trap - in malaria prevention strategies which is most dangerous for countries which have relied on the ephemeral methods recommended by WHO and used by PMI, but which have not included permanent methods. In the 19 African countries in the US Presidential Malaria Initiative administered by the PMI for the last decade, of the 30 million who have lost their immunity, about half are also no longer protected by house spraying because of the high cost of new biocides.

Don't let the US PMI fall into the Immunity Trap

June 27, 2016 - 18:19 -- William Jobin

A decade ago, I helped the US Presidential Malaria Initiative get its start in Angola. Since then the Malaria Initiative (the US PMI) has expanded under Tim Ziemer to 19 African countries, protecting 30 million people. Consequently, over the last decade these 30 million people have lost their immunity to malaria. Now that might seem obvious and maybe a good thing. But since they live in regions where malaria is endemic, it raises a serious issue about durability of the PMI strategy.

The Resistance Treadmill


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