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Spatiotemporal clustering of malaria in southern-central Ethiopia: A community-based cohort study

October 14, 2019 - 15:17 -- Open Access
Tarekegn Solomon, Eskindir Loha, Wakgari Deressa, Taye Gari, Bernt Lindtjørn
PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222986

Understanding the spatiotemporal clustering of malaria transmission would help target interventions in settings of low malaria transmission. The aim of this study was to assess whether malaria infections were clustered in areas with long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) alone, indoor residual spraying (IRS) alone, or a combination of LLINs and IRS interventions, and to determine the risk factors for the observed malaria clustering in southern-central Ethiopia.

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Podcast: Unlocking the Genetic Secrets of the Malaria Parasite

October 12, 2019 - 18:08 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 11 October 2019

The Crick develop new method of controlling malaria parasite genes, researchers discover a novel compound that inhibits key parasitic enzymes and The Global Fund is replenished in France. Listen to this Podcast

New from MESA: Volunteer as a MESA Correspondent to report from the Keystone Symposia conference "The Malaria Endgame"

October 9, 2019 - 17:28 -- MESA Alliance

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) is seeking four volunteer MESA Correspondents to report from the Keystone Symposia conference "The Malaria Endgame" in  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 30—November 2, 2019.

Podcast: Rapid Return of Mosquitoes to Sahel Region Due to High-Altitude Migration

October 5, 2019 - 18:08 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 4 October 2019

The rapid return of mosquitoes to the Sahel region of Africa is due to mosquito migration on high-altitude winds and a saliva-based malaria diagnostic tool has been awarded a £1 million grant. Listen to this Podcast

Differential expression of var subgroups and PfSir2a genes in afebrile Plasmodium falciparum malaria: a matched case–control study

September 24, 2019 - 15:04 -- Open Access
Himanshu Gupta, Beatriz Galatas, Alfredo Mayor, et al.
Malaria Journal 2019 18:326, 23 September 2019

Poor knowledge on the afebrile Plasmodium falciparum biology limits elimination approaches to target asymptomatic malaria. Therefore, the association of parasite factors involved in cytoadhesion, parasite multiplication and gametocyte maturation with afebrile malaria was assessed.

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Targeted Next Generation Sequencing for malaria research in Africa: current status and outlook

September 24, 2019 - 14:56 -- Open Access
Anita Ghansah, Edwin Kamau, Abdoulaye Djimde, et al.
Malaria Journal 2019 18:324, 23 September 2019

Targeted Next Generation Sequencing (TNGS) is an efficient and economical Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform and the preferred choice when specific genomic regions are of interest.

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“Remarkable solutions to impossible problems”: lessons for malaria from the eradication of smallpox

September 24, 2019 - 14:52 -- Open Access
Justin M. Cohen
Malaria Journal 2019 18:323, 23 September 2019

Malaria elimination and eventual eradication will require internationally coordinated approaches; sustained engagement from politicians, communities, and funders; efficient organizational structures; innovation and new tools; and well-managed programmes. As governments and the global malaria community seek to achieve these goals, their efforts should be informed by the substantial past experiences of other disease elimination and eradication programmes, including that of the only successful eradication programme of a human pathogen to date: smallpox.

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Getting ready for integrated vector management for improved disease prevention in Zimbabwe: a focus on key policy issues to consider

September 24, 2019 - 14:50 -- Open Access
Shadreck Sande, Moses Zimba, David Nyasvisvo, Munyaradzi Mukuzunga, Emmanuel H. Kooma, Joseph Mberikunashe and Busisani Dube
Malaria Journal 2019 18:322, 23 September 2019

This paper outlines Zimbabwe’s potential readiness in harnessing integrated vector management (IVM) strategy for enhanced control of vector-borne diseases. The objective is to provide guidance for the country in the implementation of the national IVM strategy in order to make improvements required in thematic areas of need. The paper also assesses the existing opportunities and gaps to promote and adopt the approach as a national policy.

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