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Local Knowledge, Trust Important In Disease Outbreak Responses, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Motorbikes, trust, and pepper soup: Ebola tips to tackle deadly diseases “Unsung local heroes who helped defeat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may hold the key to thwarting deadly epidemics in the future, experts say. … And yet the contributions made by communities have been largely…

PMI Releases October 2017 Newsletter

PMI: President’s Malaria Initiative Newsletter: October 2017 This newsletter contains announcements, news articles, and publications from or featured by PMI, including information on the initiative’s launch in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and the expansion of its program in Burkina Faso (October 2017).

Rapid Test To Diagnose Malaria Shows Shortcomings In Real-World Setting, Study Says

PRI: With quick and easy malaria tests, some unexpected drawbacks “…The [rapid] test can diagnose malaria in 15 minutes with just the prick of a finger — making it easier to prescribe anti-malarial drugs only when they’re needed, and slowing the rise of drug-resistant malaria strains. But according to a…

Venezuela’s Failing Economy Contributing To Increase In Malaria Cases

The Economist: Why malaria is spreading in Venezuela “…In 2015 the country had 30 percent of all the cases of malaria reported in the Americas — more than Brazil, which has over six times as many people. According to the Venezuelan government 240,000 cases of the disease were reported in…

Disagreements Over Severity Of Drug-Resistant Malaria In Southeast Asia Could Hamper Efforts To Eliminate Disease, Experts Warn

Science: Drug-resistant malaria is spreading, but experts clash over its global risk “In what scientists call a ‘sinister development,’ a malaria parasite resistant to a widely used drug combination is on the march in Southeast Asia. … The critics don’t question the group’s genetic studies of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium…

DDT Still Useful For Malaria, Other Insect-Borne Disease Control But In Short Supply

AEI: DDT is still useful Roger Bate, visiting scholar at AEI, discusses findings from a recent study that shows DDT is still being used in some countries’ malaria and leishmaniasis control programs. Bates writes, “DDT is still useful for poor nations suffering from insect-borne diseases. … But with pressure on…

Regional Initiatives Play Important Role In Efforts To Eliminate Malaria

PLOS Medicine: Regional initiatives for malaria elimination: Building and maintaining partnerships Andrew A. Lover of the Malaria Elimination Initiative of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues discuss the need for well-coordinated regional initiatives (RIs) to eliminate malaria, as well as their activities, challenges,…

Blog Post Highlights Panel Discussion On Successes, Challenges In Malaria Control

Friends of the Global Fight: Expanding programs and investments to achieve a malaria-free world Katie Broendel, senior communications manager at Friends of the Global Fight, highlights an event that took place last week at the Center for Global Development, titled “Malaria Control: A Critical Investment for Saving Lives in Africa,”…

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