10 November 2014 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
15 October 2014 – Dr Pedro L. Alonso has joined WHO as the new Director of the Global Malaria Programme. Dr Alonso was previously Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Professor of Global Health at the University of Barcelona.
26 September 2014 – The MPAC held its latest meeting on 10-12 September. All documentation, including pre-reads and presentations, can be found on the MPAC meetings page. The meeting report will be published in the Malaria Journal within two months.
25 September 2014 – The manuals entitled Disease surveillance for malaria control and Disease surveillance for malaria elimination have been translated to French and will be disseminated to national malaria programmes in Francophone countries.
18 September 2014 – This report, provided by the ERAR regional hub in Cambodia, summarizes the conclusions of a consultation held in May 2014 to address issues related to increased mobility in the context of malaria elimination and artemisinin resistance.
9 September 2014 – This information note provides an updated list of recommended criteria for selecting rapid diagnostics tests (RDTs) for malaria, and highlights the performance of RDTs evaluated by the WHO malaria RDT product testing programme.
4 September 2014 – A new update is available on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update also summarizes WHO's current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlights areas of concern.
5 August 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a communications consultant to support the work of the Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme. The call for applications closed on 12 September 2014.
30 July 2014 – Dr Alonso is currently Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Professor of the Barcelona University School of Medicine. He will take up the WHO position on 13 October 2014.
29 July 2014 – The policy brief published in March to support ministries of health in developing concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is now available in French.
24 July 2014 – WHO, FIND and US CDC have released the latest report on malaria RDT product testing. The report provides a comparative measure of RDT performance in a standardized way to distinguish between well and poorly performing tests.
11 July 2014 – The next meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 10–12 September 2014. The draft meeting agenda can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC page.
4 July 2014 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee last met on 12-14 March 2014. The report from this meeting is now available in the Malaria Journal. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.
30 June 2014 – Despite a substantial reduction of the malaria burden, the Lao PDR continues to experience outbreaks. A feature story, provided by the ERAR regional hub in Cambodia, provides insight into the country’s unique challenges.
30 June 2014 – WHO has submitted its annual progress report to the UN General Assembly, reviewing progress towards 2015 global malaria targets. The report is now available in all six official languages.
23 June 2014 – WHO has completed a series of seven regional consultations on the new global technical strategy for malaria control and elimination. All consultation reports are available on this website.
17 June 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a consultant for a project seeking to stimulate the creation of a private sector market for malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Africa. The deadline for applications is 14 July 2014.
3 June 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a consultant to assist with the development of a training package on monitoring the therapeutic efficacy of antimalarials. The deadline for applications is 8 June 2014.
27 May 2014 – Both manuals of the training package on malaria case management – the guide for participants and the guide for tutors – are now available in French, and can be downloaded from this website.
23 May 2014 – This report summarizes the conclusions of an expert consultation held in October 2013 to review the operational research landscape and to identify research questions most relevant for countries transitioning from malaria control to elimination.
14 May 2014 – The maps chart the results of hundreds of therapeutic efficacy studies conducted between 2005 and 2013 and provide a visual overview of the status of antimalarial drug efficacy for P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria.
8 May 2014 – This document, prepared for a 2012 meeting on the safety and effectiveness of single-dose primaquine as a P. falciparum gametocytocide, reviews published and unpublished studies about the safety of primaquine.
2 May 2014 – This policy brief reviews progress and challenges in the withdrawal of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies from the markets and provides a summary of WHO’s recommendations to ministries of health and pharmaceutical regulators.
24 April 2014 – On World Malaria Day, WHO published a manual providing malaria-endemic countries with a comprehensive framework to assess different scenarios and timelines for reducing the disease burden and moving towards elimination.
8 April 2014 – Parasite resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries in South-East Asia. Our updated Q&A explains what this means for global efforts to control and eliminate malaria, and why it deserves global attention.
7 April 2014 – WHO's 2014 World Health Day campaign sought to raise awareness about the threat posed by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and freshwater snails, and urged families and communities to take action to protect themselves.
28 March 2014 – WHO has issued a policy brief summarizing all recommended policies and strategies for the development of concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
14 March 2014 – All documentation related to this meeting, including the MPAC’s recommendations, can be consulted on the MPAC homepage. The report of the meeting will be published in the Malaria Journal within two months.
27 February 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a communications consultant to support the work of the Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme. The deadline to submit applications is 14 March 2014.
13 February 2014 – The policy brief offering guidance on the implementation of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy implementation has been updated to reflect the latest recommendations of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.
4 February 2014 – A new update is available on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update also summarizes WHO’s current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlights areas of concern.
1 February 2014 – Dr John Reeder has been appointed as Acting Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme until a successor is found to replace Dr Robert Newman. After leading the department for four and a half years, Dr Newman has moved to the GAVI Alliance.
30 January 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme conducted a rapid online survey on the current edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of malaria. The results will feed into an ongoing review process and help to improve the content and structure of the upcoming third edition.
24 January 2014 – The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 12 to 14 March 2014. MPAC meetings are held in open session; anyone from the global malaria community is welcome to attend, provided they register in advance.
14 January 2014 – In April 2013, WHO launched an emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion. A regional hub has been set up, with a network of experts deployed to affected countries. All related information is now available in a dedicated section.