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Guest editorial: “End Malaria for Good”- a few key messages based on the Cambodian experience

June 23, 2016 - 07:27 -- Bart G.J. Knols
The editorial below was contributed by Sara E Canavati and Jack S Richards. Contact details below.
 
World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance established in 2007 and commemorated every year on 25 April to recognize global efforts to control malaria. The theme for 2016 was “End Malaria For Good”, which focused on malaria elimination. Following the great progress made under the Millennium Development Goals, it is important to continue building on this success as we transition into the Sustainable Development Goals [1] and the recently launched Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (GTS) [2]. The aim of the piece is to briefly reflect on WMD 2016 and consider a few key operational issues on malaria elimination that may lie ahead for the coming year.

Reduction of malaria vector mosquitoes in a large-scale intervention trial in rural Burkina Faso using Bti based larval source management

September 16, 2019 - 14:42 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Peter Dambach, Till Baernighausen, Issouf Traoré, Saidou Ouedraogo, Ali Sié, Rainer Sauerborn, Norbert Becker and Valérie R. Louis
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:311, 14 September 2019

Malaria remains one of the most important causes of morbidity and death in sub-Saharan Africa. Along with early diagnosis and treatment of malaria cases and intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), vector control is an important tool in the reduction of new cases. Alongside the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS), targeting the vector larvae with biological larvicides, such as Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) is gaining importance as a means of reducing the number of mosquito larvae before they emerge to their adult stage. This study presents data corroborating the entomological impact of such an intervention in a rural African environment.

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Podcast: Eradicating Malaria by 2050 ‘Bold but Attainable’

September 13, 2019 - 14:13 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 13 September 2019

Eradicating malaria by 2050 is a ‘bold but attainable goal’ according to The Lancet and ivermectin proves successful in reducing malaria transmission and killing P. falciparum parasites. Listen to this Podcast

Exploration of genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax circumsporozoite protein (Pvcsp) and Plasmodium vivax sexual stage antigen (Pvs25) among North Indian isolates

September 13, 2019 - 06:57 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Hargobinder Kaur, Rakesh Sehgal, Archit Kumar, Alka Sehgal, Praveen K. Bharti, Devendra Bansal, Pradyumna K. Mohapatra, Jagadish Mahanta and Ali A. Sultan
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:308, 6 September 2019

Malaria is one of the important vector-borne diseases with high fatality rates in tropical countries. The pattern of emergence and spread of novel antigenic variants, leading to escape of vaccine-induced immunity might be factors responsible for severe malaria. A high level of polymorphism has been reported among malarial antigens which are under selection pressure imposed by host immunity. There are limited reports available on comparative stage-specific genetic diversity among Plasmodium vivax candidate genes in complicated vivax malaria. The present study was planned to study genetic diversity (Pvcsp and Pvs25) among complicated and uncomplicated P. vivax isolates.

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Podcast: Biomarker Predicts Susceptibility to Malaria Fever

September 10, 2019 - 09:33 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 6 September 2019

Scientists learn that a child’s immunological signature can predict whether they will develop malaria fever and the Wellcome Sanger Institute launch their Malaria Cell Atlas. Listen to this Podcast

Podcast: Malaria Will Not Be Eradicated in the Foreseeable Future

September 4, 2019 - 08:52 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 30 August 2019

WHO announce that malaria will not be eradicated in the foreseeable future and a new study reveals drug-resistant P. falciparum parasites in every region of Africa. Listen to this Podcast

Podcast: British Doctor Celebrated on World Mosquito Day

September 4, 2019 - 08:48 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 23 August 2019

World Mosquito Day celebrations take place, researchers culture malaria parasites similar to P. vivax in vitro and entomologists gather in London for the Ento ’19 scientific meeting. Listen to this Podcast

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