World Malaria Day is 25 April, 2010
What is TDR doing to help eliminate this disease?
New evaluation of 29 rapid diagnostic tests released today. 15 tests meet minimum WHO performance criteria.
We have a multi-pronged approach against malaria, a disease that kills an African baby every 30 seconds. Our focus is on access -- getting the right preventive measures, the right drugs, the right diagnostic tools, to everyone who needs them - all the way to the poorest, most remote areas in the world.
Helping develop an emergency treatment that can buy time for seriously ill children far away from healthcare centres. Rectal artesunate is a drug that has been shown to be delivered safely and effectively by community volunteers in remote villages, and even won an award for the best research paper by the British Medical Journal.
Looking at how to improve the care of fever by studying whether community volunteers in remote African villages can correctly diagnose malaria and pneumonia -- the two biggest causes of fever.
Expanding ways remote communities can care for their own, using systems studied for river blindness that were shown to double the delivery of malaria treatments and distribution of bednets.
Evaluating new rapid malaria tests that can be used in remote settings, reducing time and expense to get the right treatments.
Supporting African scientists to find new solutions to fighting malaria.
Developing guidelines on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes that inhibit transmission of the malaria parasite.
Strengthening health systems by training people in African countries receiving Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria funding for antimalarials on how to evaluate and improve effective distribution through research.
Supporting the Malaria Eradication Research Agendameetings with a TropIKA.net knowledge hub for group discussions and public access to recommendations.
Providing analysis for the World Health Organization's updatedMalaria Treatment Guidelines.