Malaria

World Malaria Report 2014 released

Vulnerable and orphaned children in Mary Aikenhead Open Community School, Zambia.
Global Fund/ Bruno Abarca

9 December 2014 – Global malaria mortality rates have been reduced by 47% between 2000 and 2013, according the latest World Malaria Report launched today. New analysis reveals that parasite prevalence rates have also significantly declined, which means that fewer people are carriers of symptomatic or asymptomatic infections. The World Malaria Report is WHO’s flagship malaria publication, released each year in December. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Most of the data presented in this report is for 2013.

Guidance on temporary malaria control measures in Ebola-affected countries

Information campaign on Ebola in Nigeria
WHO/Andrew Esiebo

14 November 2014 – Malaria is a prevalent cause of fever in Ebola-affected countries and its clinical presentation overlaps with initial signs of Ebola. For this reason, the effectiveness of the Ebola response can be optimized through the deployment of targeted measures to reduce the number of fever cases due to malaria. WHO recommends specific adaptations in the diagnosis of malaria and in LLIN distribution in countries heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak, as well as deployment of mass drug administration using ACTs in certain areas.

PAHO honors 2014 Malaria Champions of the Americas

Malaria Champions of the Americas 2014 - Guatemala
PAHO/WHO

7 November 2014 – On the occasion of Malaria Day in the Americas (6 November), PAHO/WHO recognized three health programmes for their outstanding contribution to malaria elimination. These were: the National Center for Control of Tropical Diseases in the Dominican Republic, the Southwest Petén Health Program for vector control efforts in Guatemala, and the Integrated Malaria Control program of José Santos Guardiola in Honduras. Since 2000, the number of malaria cases has been reduced by 64% in the region, and malaria deaths have declined by 78%.

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3 December 2014 – Supplement on severe malaria in Tropical Medicine and International Health

Produced under the auspices of the WHO Technical Expert Group on malaria chemotherapy, this fourth edition of the supplement provides a series of literature reviews on severe malaria.

10 November 2014 – Report of the 17th WHOPES working group meeting

The WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) has reviewed safety and efficacy data for three new products and two re-evaluations. Only one product in each category was granted a recommendation for public health use.

6 November 2014 – Global Malaria Programme at ASTMH

Several experts from the Global Malaria Programme attended the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans. The department held two symposia.

31 October 2014 – Report on second meeting of the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group

The report on the second meeting of the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) is available online. The VCAG was established by GMP and the WHO Department for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide WHO with advice on new forms of vector control for malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

17 October 2014 – Guidance note on the control of residual malaria transmission

In line with the MPAC’s recommendations, WHO has issued a guidance note on the management of residual malaria transmission. The document assesses the need for new strategies, and proposes approaches to accelerate the availability and uptake of new tools.

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