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The conspiracies behind malaria eradication in Africa must stop!

May 11, 2011 - 12:07 -- Stephen Yeboah

Malaria continues to threaten the lives of people despite huge funds made available to fight this preventable disease. According to the 2010 report “Breaking the Cycle: Saving Lives and Protecting the Future” by the Department for International Development (DFID), global funding for malaria has increased from $0.733 billion in 2006 to $1.94 billion in 2009. Despite the increasing funds for malaria control, the disease still kills about 800,000 people each year with the Africa [Sub-Saharan region] being the hardest hit [90 percent].

Bottleneck effects on vaccine-candidate antigen diversity of malaria parasites in Thailand

March 31, 2010 - 11:26 -- Patrick Sampao
Somchai Jongwutiwes, Chaturong Putaporntip, Austin L. Hughes
Vaccine, Volume 28, Issue 18, 19 April 2010, Pages 3112-3117

These results suggest a two-pronged strategy for malaria eradication: (1) strenuous non-vaccine control measures that will cause a severe population bottleneck in the parasite; and (2) a subsequent local vaccine focused on one or a few locally occurring alleles at antigen-encoding loci.

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Editorial: Do post-disaster public health interventions impede malaria eradication?

February 13, 2010 - 11:53 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Philip Weinstein, James Goff, and Chris Skelly
Medical Hypotheses, Volume 74, Issue 3, March 2010, Pages 403-405

In this paper, we hypothesise that public health interventions aimed at controlling post-disaster malaria epidemics may in fact impede malaria eradication efforts in the longer term.

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Will Kenya eliminate malaria by 2017?

November 23, 2009 - 08:58 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The atmosphere in the press room was one of excitement, when it was announced that Kenya would see its last case of endemic malaria in the year 2017

This date came from the 2007 Malaria Indicator Survey, showing that malaria is on the decline in various parts of the country. Kenya has therefore chosen the path towards elimination, and will do so when having sufficient funding.

Malaria Elimination and Eradication: Starting as We Mean to Continue

October 30, 2009 - 09:36 -- Richard Feachem

The E words, Eradication and Elimination, are firmly back on the table after at least 2 decades in which they could not be mentioned in polite malaria company. The last two years have seen remarkable progress in translating these concepts into clear strategies and substantial action.

Eradication, elimination, and control: Knowing the past of malaria

September 18, 2009 - 08:37 -- Bart G.J. Knols

I attended a most interesting meeting yesterday in Wageningen (The Netherlands) where some 30 scientists and representatives of donor organisations gathered. Two scientists from disease-endemic countries (Rwanda and Kenya) presented case studies to the audience. These were followed by a mini 'open space' meeting where attendees could submit questions on post-its for discussion in small groups.

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