WHO observes emergency MDA campaign for malaria in Sierra Leone

mass drug administration campaigns against malaria in Sierra Leone.
WHO/ Stefan Hoyer

22 January 2015 – Experts from the WHO Global Malaria Programme were in Sierra Leone this week, working on a preliminary assessment of two recent mass drug administration campaigns for malaria which aimed to reduce the number of fever cases that might be mistaken for Ebola. The two successive emergency MDA campaigns reached more than 2.5 million people in Ebola-affected areas. The campaign was implemented by the National Malaria Control Programme, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF and other partners, with technical support and guidance by WHO.

Eliminating malaria: case study on the Island of Reunion

13 January 2015 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Global Health Group at the University of California are collaborating on a series of case studies on malaria elimination. The latest report reviews how the Island of Reunion had eliminated the disease by the end of the 1970s and how it has successfully prevented its re-establishment since. Previous reports in the series have documented the malaria elimination process in Cabo Verde, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Turkmenistan. The production of the series is being supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Reunion case study is available in both English and French.

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.


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22 January 2015 – Background brief on draft global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030)

This brief explains how the draft strategy’s proposed targets were developed. It also provides details on the estimated costs of implementation.

18 January 2015 – Draft global technical strategy available in all six official languages

The draft global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030) will be discussed by the WHO Executive Board during the last week of January. The draft document is now available in all six official languages.

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.

14 November 2014 – Guidance on temporary malaria control measures in Ebola-affected countries

WHO has updated its malaria-specific recommendations for countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. The recommendations are temporary in nature and relate to malaria diagnosis, bednet distribution and the deployment of mass drug administration.

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.

Draft technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030

This draft strategy will be considered by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

World Malaria Report 2014

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

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