Malaria

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%.

New publication: Updating the malaria microscopy quality assurance manual

Bonnie Gillespie /Courtesy of Photoshare

9 October 2014 – This meeting report summarizes the main conclusions of a technical consultation held in March 2014 to review and update the WHO Malaria microscopy quality assurance manual. Published in 2009, the manual was designed to help managers of national malaria programmes and laboratory services to develop and maintain comprehensive and sustainable quality assurance programmes. All the presentations given by participants have been uploaded to this website, and are also linked within the report.

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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.

17 October 2014 – Training module on case management available in Portuguese

Both manuals of the training package on malaria case management – the guide for participants and the guide for tutors – are now available in Portuguese, and can be downloaded from this website.

World Malaria Report 2013

This report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

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