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New: WHO toolkit for Integrated Vector Management in sub-Saharan Africa

November 11, 2016 - 10:48 -- Bart G.J. Knols

WHO has just published its toolkit for Integrated Vector Management in sub-Saharan Africa. It is attached here for your perusal (and use!).

This toolkit for integrated vector management (IVM) is designed to help national and regional programme managers coordinate across sectors to design and run large IVM programmes. It is an extension of earlier guidance and teaching material provided by WHO: Handbook for integrated vector management , Monitoring and evaluation indicators for integrated vector management , Guidance on policy-making for integrated vector management and Core structure for training curricula on integrated vector management.

Message from Dr. Pedro Alonso -Director, Global Malaria Programme (WHO)

October 30, 2015 - 07:23 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The message below, from Dr. Pedro Alonso, the Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme was circulated today, 24 October 2015.

Dear colleagues and partners, 
In recent weeks, you may have seen press articles stating that the United Nations and partners are calling on the world to eradicate malaria by the year 2040. 
The World Health Organization (WHO) shares the vision of a malaria-free world and – to that end – we welcome the commitment of all of our partners. However, I would like to clarify the strategy, targets and timeline that our organization has endorsed at this point in time. 

Comparing the new Ifakara Ambient Chamber Test with WHO cone and tunnel tests for bioefficacy and non-inferiority testing of insecticide-treated nets

May 3, 2019 - 17:29 -- Open Access
Dennis J. Massue, Lena M. Lorenz, Sarah J. Moore, et al.
Malaria Journal 2019 18:153, 30 April 2019


Insecticide-treated net (ITN) durability, measured through physical integrity and bioefficacy, must be accurately assessed in order to plan the timely replacement of worn out nets and guide procurement of longer-lasting, cost-effective nets. World Health Organization (WHO) guidance advises that new intervention class ITNs be assessed 3 years after distribution, in experimental huts. In order to obtain information on whole-net efficacy cost-effectively and with adequate replication, a new bioassay, the Ifakara Ambient Chamber Test (I-ACT), a semi-field whole net assay baited with human host, was compared to established WHO durability testing methods.

Medical Treatment: 

Prescribing patterns and compliance with World Health Organization recommendations for the management of severe malaria: a modified cohort event monitoring study in public health facilities in Ghana and Uganda

February 13, 2019 - 16:13 -- Open Access
H. Hilda Ampadu, Kwaku Poku Asante, Samuel Bosomprah, Samantha Akakpo, Pierre Hugo, Helga Gardarsdottir, Hubert G. M. Leufkens, Dan Kajungu and Alexander N. O. Dodoo
Malaria Journal 2019 18:36, 8 February 2019

Injectable AS is the most commonly prescribed medicine in the management of severe malaria in Ghana and Uganda.


Has doxycycline, in combination with anti-malarial drugs, a role to play in intermittent preventive treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection in pregnant women in Africa?

December 27, 2018 - 15:22 -- Open Access
Tiphaine Gaillard, Manon Boxberger, Marylin Madamet and Bruno Pradines
Malaria Journal 2018 17:469, 14 December 2018

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Plasmodium falciparum malaria during pregnancy is responsible for deleterious consequences for the mother and her child.


A qualitative assessment of the challenges of WHO prequalification for anti-malarial drugs in China

April 4, 2018 - 14:56 -- Open Access
Yangmu Huang, Ke Pan, Danlu Peng and Andy Stergachis
Malaria Journal 2018 17:149, 3 April 2018

Government support, as well as innovative incentives and collaboration mechanisms are needed for further adoption of WHO PQ for anti-malarial drugs in China.

Medical Treatment: 

Can the collection of expired long-lasting insecticidal nets reduce their coverage and use? Sociocultural aspects related to LLIN life cycle management and use in four districts in Madagascar

October 11, 2017 - 14:15 -- Open Access
Ambinina Ramanantsoa, Marta Wilson-Barthes, Koen Peeters Grietens, et al.
Malaria Journal 2017 16:404, 10 October 2017

The collection of LLINs for recycling/disposal can lead to lower coverage under certain conditions.


The establishment of a WHO Reference Reagent for anti-malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) human serum

August 8, 2017 - 11:20 -- Open Access
Donna Bryan, Nilupa Silva, Peter Rigsby, Thomas Dougall, Patrick Corran, Paul W. Bowyer and Mei Mei Ho
Malaria Journal 2017 16:314, 5 August 2017

Analysis of the reference reagent in a collaborative study has demonstrated the benefit of this preparation for the reduction in inter- and intra-laboratory variability in ELISA.

World Malaria Report: time to acknowledge Plasmodium knowlesi malaria

April 5, 2017 - 14:48 -- Open Access
Bridget E. Barber, Giri S. Rajahram, Matthew J. Grigg, Timothy William and Nicholas M. Anstey
Malaria Journal 2017 16:135, 31 March 2017

The WHO World Malaria Report has an appropriate focus on falciparum and vivax malaria, the major causes of global mortality and morbidity.

Adding a single low-dose of primaquine (0.25 mg/kg) to artemether-lumefantrine did not compromise treatment outcome of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Tanzania: a randomized, single-blinded clinical trial

August 30, 2016 - 15:08 -- Open Access
Richard Mwaiswelo, Billy Ngasala, Irina Jovel, Berit Aydin-Schmidt, Roland Gosling, Zul Premji, Bruno Mmbando, Anders Björkman and Andreas Mårtensson
Malaria Journal 2016 15:435, 26 August 2016

The new WHO recommendation of adding a single low-dose of PQ to AL did not compromise treatment outcome of uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in Tanzania.


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