12.03.2012

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Announcements / Press Releases

RBM publishes 2012 "roadmaps" for tracking progress in malaria-endemic countries [RBM] — (English)
New "roadmaps" will allow RBM partners to track progress in malaria control in countries for the year 2012...

12th RBM Harmonization Working Group Meeting [RBM HWG] — (English)
At a technical meeting, organized by the RBM's Harmonization Working Group, RBM international and country partners and malaria national control programme managers reviewed challenges in malaria-endemic countries and assess country needs for external support...

Global Fund Sees Germany's Contribution as Recognition of New Direction [Global Fund] — (English)
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said an announcement today by Germany of a EUR 50 million contribution was a clear endorsement of new measures to improve financial oversight and management...

MNM New Chief Development Officer [MNM] — (English)
Welcoming Malaria No More's new Chief Development Officer, Robert Pilon...

USAID Administrator Releases Annual Letter [USAID] — (English)
In his second annual letter and during a speech at the Council of Foreign Relations last week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah outlined his vision for how this agency is striving to answer calls from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to elevate development as an integral part of the nation's foreign aid arsenal. The letter outlines how key choices and reforms USAID made in 2011 are allowing us to rapidly respond to the demands of our world...

Distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Collation of Global Funding Commitments for 2011–16 [VCWG Continuous LLIN Distribution Systems Work Stream] — (English)
French version...

Continuous Long-lasting Insecticidal Net Distributions: A Guide to Concepts and Planning [VCWG Continuous LLIN Distribution Systems Work Stream] — (English)
French version...

Country-to-Country Guide for LLIN Keep-up [VCWG Continuous LLIN Distribution Systems Work Stream] — (English)
French version...

Friends Africa launches a new website [Friends Africa] — (English)
Friends Africa last week launched a brand new website. The launch of the new website is part of efforts by the organisation aimed at strengthening its activities as an advocacy organisation for the Global Fund in Africa...

ATELIER DE FORMATION EN SUIVI ET EVALUATION DES PROGRAMMES DE LUTTE CONTRE LE PALUDISME [Measure] — (French)
Le projet MEASURE Evaluation financé par l'USAID, en partenariat avec Le Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna (CRSN) et l'unité de formation et de recherche en Science de la Sante de l'université de Ouagadougou (UFR/SDS) a le plaisir d'annoncer l'organisation d'un atelier de formation en suive et évaluation des programmes de lutte contre le paludisme. L'atelier se tiendra à Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso 11 au 22 Juin 2012. Les dossiers de candidature devraient être soumis avant le 02 avril 2012...

WWARN: Latin America Liaison Scientist based in São Paulo, Brazil [WWARN] — (English)
Application deadline: 15 April 2012...

WWARN: Antimalarial Pharmacologist / Pharmacoepidemiologist based at University of Cape Town WWARN] — (English)
Application deadline: 2 April 2012...

WWARN: Software Engineer [WWARN] — (English)
Application deadline: 21 March 2012...

RBM: P&I Project Manager [RBM] — (English)
Application deadline: 17 March 2012...

Call for applications: Consultant on Malaria Elimination Operational Research [WHO Global Malaria Programme] — (English)
Application deadline: 31 March 2012...

MMV: Receptionist [MMV] — (English)
Application deadline: 25 March 2012...

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Optimal dose finding for novel antimalarial combination therapy [Tropical Medicine & International Health DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2012.02963.x] — (English)
This paper outlines some of the specific issues in malaria that cause dose-ranging and dose-optimisation studies to be particularly challenging and discusses the potential of factorial study design to address such challenges...

Correlation of Pfg377 ortholog gene expression of Plasmodium vivax and mosquito infection [Tropical Medicine & International Health DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2011.02940.x] — (English)
The cut-off point of the expression level of Pfg377 ortholog gene could be used to predict the infectiousness of P. vivax gametocytes leading to mosquito infection and parasite transmission in the field...

Improved equity in measles vaccination from integrating insecticide-treated bednets in a vaccination campaign, Madagascar [[Tropical Medicine & International Health DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2011.02953.x] — (English)
Integration of ITN distribution with a vaccination campaign might improve measles vaccination coverage among the poor, thus providing protection for the most vulnerable and difficult to reach children...

Successful Oral Therapy for Severe Falciparum Malaria: The World Health Organization Criteria Revisited [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:409-411; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0567] — (English)
We report a successful treatment of severe falciparum malaria in a non-immune adult patient with 30% parasitemia treated with the 6-dose oral regimen of artemether plus lumefantrine combination therapy alone...

Efficacy of Artemether-Lumefantrine in Area of High Malaria Endemicity in India and Its Correlation with Blood Concentration of Lumefantrine [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:395-397; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0182 ] — (English)
This study was conducted to correlate blood concentrations of lumefantrine with treatment outcome for patients with Plasmodium falciparum malaria when the drug was given without specific instructions for administration with food...

Real-Time Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR for Monitoring of Blood-Stage Plasmodium falciparum Infections in Malaria Human Challenge Trials [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:383-394; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.10-0658 ] — (English)
To detect pre-patent parasitemia, we developed a real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) for the asexual 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNAs) of Plasmodium falciparum...

Determinants of Anopheles Seasonal Distribution Patterns Across a Forest to Periurban Gradient near Iquitos, Peru [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:459-463; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0547] — (English)
As part of a field ecology study of arbovirus and malaria activity in the Amazon Basin, Loreto Department, Peru, we collected mosquitoes landing on humans at a forest site and inside and outside of residences and military barracks at periurban, rural, and village sites...

No Evidence for Spread of Plasmodium falciparum Artemisinin Resistance to Savannakhet Province, Southern Laos [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:403-408; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0497 ] — (English)
We conducted an open-label, randomized clinical trial to assess parasite clearance times (PCT) and the efficacy of 4 mg/kg (group 1, n = 22) and 2 mg/kg (group 2, n = 22) of oral artesunate for three days followed by artemether-lumefantrine in patients with uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria at Xepon Interdistrict Hospital, Savannakhet Province in southern Laos...

Drug-Drug Interaction Analysis of Pyronaridine/Artesunate and Ritonavir in Healthy Volunteers [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:489-495; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0558] — (English)
A multiple dose, parallel group study was conducted to assess for a drug-drug interaction between the pyronaridine/artesunate (PA) combination antimalarial and ritonavir...

Mosquito Infection Studies with Aotus Monkeys and Humans Infected with the Chesson Strain of Plasmodiun vivax [Am J Trop Med Hyg 2012 86:398-402; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0264 ] — (English)
On the basis of oocyst counts, Anopheles dirus were the most susceptible and An. maculatus were the least susceptible of the mosquito species tested...

Willingness to seek malaria treatment among Togolese people [Psychology, Health & Medicine DOI:10.1080/13548506.2012.659744] — (English)
The way Togolese people judge their willingness to seek malaria treatment in health facilities as a function of a set of concrete circumstances was examined...

Améliorer la prise en charge du paludisme par les tests de diagnostic rapide (TDR): appropriation par les prestataires et bénéficiaires de soins au Sénégal Improving malaria management through Rapid Diagnostic Tests: appropriation by providers communities (Sénégal) [Bulletin de la Société de pathologie exotique DOI: 10.1007/s13149-012-0225-1O] — (English)
Introduits dans les services de santé publique au Sénégal depuis 2007, les tests de diagnostic rapide (TDR) sont une nouvelle possibilité technique pour le diagnostic clinique du paludisme...

Molecular evolution of a malaria resistance gene (DARC) in primates [Immunogenetics DOI: 10.1007/s00251-012-0608-2] — (English)
The Duffy antigen, coded by the Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) gene, serves as a receptor for Plasmodium vivax in humans and for Plasmodium knowlesi in some nonhuman primates...

Expand+Infection and Immunityiai.asm.orgFirst published March 2012, doi: 10.1128/​IAI.06190-11 IAI.06190-11 Plasmodium falciparum line dependent association of in vitro growth-inhibitory activity and risk of malaria [Infection and Immunity, doi: 10.1128/​IAI.06190-11 IAI.06190-11 ] — (English)
Our study contributes knowledge on the biological importance of growth inhibition and the potential influence of P. falciparum erythrocyte invasion phenotypic differences on its relationship to protective immunity against malaria...