Global Networking Against Malaria

MALARIA IN THE NEWS

OUR CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT A BAN OF DDT FOR MALARIA CONTROL HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL!
Thanks to all!


NEW DOCUMENTS AND ARTICLES

MALARIA PROFESSIONALS


Please voice your opinions on
1) the DDT issue
2) Pesticide Spraying techniques

(discussion format in the MFI Communication Center.


Research Initiative on Traditional Antimalarial Methods (RITAM)

A recent research intitiative established with The Global Initiative For Traditional Systems (GIFTS) of Health, University of Oxford & The Tropical Disease Research Programme (TDR) of the World Health Organisation.

  1. Read the summary of the First Int'l RITAM Conference
  2. also a summary report of RITAM in The Lancet:    26 February 2000.   355:76

Scientists Create First Detailed Genetic Map of Malaria Parasite

A research effort led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has produced the first high-resolution genetic map of Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria parasite. The map along with a report describing its construction appears in the journal Science.    Read the NIH News Releas


Senator John Kerry's statement from 12 October 1999 upon introducing the Lifesaving Vaccine Technology Act

Malaria and Economics


Malaria is a barrier to economic development. Highly malarious countries grew one percent less per year, compared to countries without malaria during 1965-1990, even considering economic policy. The annual loss of growth from malaria is estimated to range as high as 1.3 percentage points per year. If this loss is compounded for fifteen years, the GNP level in the fifteenth year is reduced by nearly a fifth, and the toll continues to mount with time, as losses from malaria retard development. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs of the Center for International Development at Harvard University is working with Roll Back Malaria and has a developing website devoted to malaria that will discuss an upcoming book The Economics of Malaria.

PRESS RELEASES

RBM

Roll Back Malaria is a partnership working to halve the incidence of malaria world wide by 2010.

Roll Back Malaria is working on reducing the impact of a malaria epidemic in Burundi [see also press release from Médecins Sans Frontières].

RBM has recently held a workshop on capacity-building [MS Word].

RBM completed the African Summit on Roll Back Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2000.

RBM's strength lies in its ability to from effective partnerships both globally and nationally. Key players from the world of finance and commerce, government, development agencies, non-governmental organisations are working together.

During the conference, $750 million dollars in financial commitments to the RBM effort were announced. Roll Back Malaria is still in the planning stages in the various regions. However, it has accomplished a good deal of the large-scale planning. RBM is working on prompt drug treatment of cases coupled with use of vector control measures, such as bednets to block malaria transmission expecially among children and the elderly, the most vulnerable groups. During the African Summit on RBM, debt relief for the most impoverished countries was discussed as a way to financially speed up malaria work. We anticipate many exciting developments to come from RBM, and will keep these posted at this site. Stay tuned!

RBM launched its website on 24 April 2000. The site has many resources, including progress reports, maps of malaria risk for individual countries, RBM and WHO documents in PDF and MS Word forms and news releases. The site also has an individualized interface that allows users to register and select their country and field of interest.

Roll Back Malaria has launched a quarterly newspaper to keep its worldwide network of workers informed and up-to-date with the latest developments, progress, and success of the RBM Movement.

New at RBM Site

A simple malaria surveillance system, based on Geographical Information Systems (GIS), has been designed to support malaria control in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, southern India and was formally inaugurated on 19 November 1999 to mark World GIS Day. Plans are underway to extend the system into other malarious districts of Tamil Nadu to allow them to achieve cost-effective and rapid malaria control.

MFI provides updates and links to Roll Back Malaria news and resources at this site.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Malaria success stories are now being collected for publication. Read details and find contact information here!

Roll Back Malaria Must Not be Allowed to Fail! - New Editorial from The Lancet


The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria [MIM] is an effort to increase international collaboration on malaria. MIM is accomplishing many of its goals, including promotion of communication on the public health importance of malaria, promotion of scientific collaboration, genome sequencing work, and interaction between scientists and the development community. A summary of malaria research news is available, as is a developing resource library.

Malaria Vaccine Initiative establishes partnership with Emory Vaccine Research Center at Yerkes to test malaria vaccine candidates

10 January 2001 Media contact: Lilli Kim, 404-727-7709, llkim@rmy.emory.edu

Under the auspices of a newly formed partnership with the Malaria Vaccine Initiative(MVI) at PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), the Emory University Vaccine Research Center has begun the first of a series of malaria vaccine trials that researchers hope will significantly advance progress toward an effective vaccine.

Heading the trials is Mary Galinski, Ph.D., of the Division of Infectious Diseases of Emory’s Department of Medicine and an affiliate scientist at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, where the Vaccine Research Center is located. The trials are sponsored by the Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) at PATH, a non-profit organization that conducts health programs around the world.


The Federal Malaria Vaccine Coordinating Committee (FMVCC) is an interagency working group composed of representatives of agencies of the U.S. Federal Government that have an interest in and commitment to the global prevention and control of malaria. Because vaccines have proven to be cost-effective means of disease control, representatives of these agencies desire to promote the development, evaluation, production and widespread deployment of safe and effective malaria vaccines, either alone or in combination with other malaria control measures. In recognition of the diverse activities, expertise and resources that such a process requires, participating representatives agree to facilitate all phases of the process through sharing information and expertise, identifying, developing, and communicating priorities, and collaborating actively and assisting in coordinated efforts with each other and other agencies.


Malaria Rapid Tests

* DetermineTM Abbott Laboratories' 15-minute, 2 step rapid assay for P.falciparum.
*Cortez Diagnostics has a test available.
*MalaQuick test.
* OptiMAL Flow, Inc. produces, a rapid malaria assay.
*MAKRO-MALTM Rapid Test is a test for Plasmodium falciparum.
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PATH lists additional assays for P. falciparum.


Malaria and Rational Use of Insecticides


Insecticides break the contact between vectors and people, thus breaking the cycle of malaria transmission. Random trials in the Gambia, Kenya, Ghana and Burkina Faso show that 30% of child deaths could be avoided if children slept under bednets regularly treated with recommended insecticides, such as pyrethroids that are relatives of an extract from chrysanthemum plants. Insecticides are thus a useful tool in malaria control, in addition to source reduction and drug treatment. As the vectors of malaria are quite different in their behavior and resistance status, different insecticides are useful in different malaria transmission situations. It is dangerous to totally ban compounds that are relatively safe when used indoors and that can save lives.

The American Council on Science and Health is an organization composed of scientists and engineers who work to present balanced, scientifically sound analyses of current health topics, even where controversy is involved. Commentary on malaria situation in Mozambique and Southern Africa.

Commentary with references on DDT from Barry Hearn, who also has a malaria clock that functions best in MSIE.

Miscellaneous

SATELLIFE (USA) and SATELLIFE HEALTHNET KENYA are pleased to announce the opening of the Regional Information Technology Training Centre (RITTC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The RITTC will provide training in the use of basic information technology to health professionals. For more information, contact:
SATELLIFE HEALTHNET KENYA Director, infoDev Project Kenyatta National Hospital Training Centre Rahimtullah Wing, 1st Floor Hospital Road, Off Ngong Road P.O. Box 29750 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254-2-724543 or 714757 Fax: +254-2-724590 email:RITTC@healthnet.or.ke
or
SATELLIFE (USA) Director of Programs 30 California Street Watertown, MA, 02472 USA Tel: 1-617-926-9400 Fax: 1-617-926-1212 email:RITTC@usa.healthnet.org


Partnerships
Release of the UNDP/World Bank/TDR CD-ROM of malaria information (Details)


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