Malaria

New web section: Malaria rapid diagnostic tests

National Malaria Control Programme/ Madagascar

27 August 2015 – Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria is essential to appropriately target treatment and guide management of febrile illnesses. Access to rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), one of the two WHO-recommended methods for testing suspected malaria cases, is increasing worldwide. Between 2008 and 2013, the volume of RDT sales in endemic countries rose from 46 to 319 million, making the production and selection of high-quality RDT a critical process. This new section provides guidance for organizations and individuals considering the use of RDTs, as well as for malaria control programmes, health services and test kit manufacturers.

WHO commends RBM Partnership’s contribution to global progress as governing board disbands secretariat

25 August 2015 – The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, established in 1998 as part of a global drive to galvanize stronger action to curb malaria, is to restructure to meet the new challenges posed in the post-2015 era whilst building on the success of the last 17 years. In light of this restructuring and continued financial difficulties, the governing board has recommended disbanding the current RBM secretariat hosted by WHO in Geneva.

WHO releases technical brief on control and elimination of P. vivax malaria

A mother and her daughter at Delhi railway Station.
WHO /Tom Pietrasik

29 July 2015 – At a global meeting in New Delhi, WHO released today a new document which describes strategies aimed at controlling and eliminating Plasmodium vivax, the cause of an estimated 16 million malaria cases worldwide in 2013. The technical brief covers several key strategic areas: diagnostic testing and treatment of P. vivax infections, G6PD deficiency and radical cure with primaquine, and surveillance. Organized with the support of Medicines for Malaria Venture, the meeting shines a spot-light on the importance of tackling P. vivax to achieve elimination targets in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030.

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27 August 2015 – Seventh MPAC meeting report available in Malaria Journal

The report on the March 2015 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting is now available. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.

4 August 2015 – Survey on World Malaria Report 2014

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is conducting an online survey on the latest World Malaria Report. The results will be used to improve the content and structure of future editions.

4 August 2015 – New publication: Elimination of malaria in Tunisia

The 10th and final report in the elimination case studies series, produced jointly by WHO and the Global Health Group, focuses on Tunisia's successful elimination of malaria. The report is also available in French.

31 July 2015 – Request for proposals: Technical support for sustainability planning for RAcE 2015 projects

WHO is inviting proposals for the provision of technical support towards the sustainable handover of Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) 2015 projects to related ministries of health. The deadline to submit an intention to bid is 10 August.

25 July 2015 – Updated Q&A on RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine candidate

WHO has published an updated Q&A about RTS,S/AS01, a malaria vaccine being developed through a partnership between GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

13 July 2015 – Next Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting

The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 16 to 18 September 2015. The first 2 days of the meeting are open to the public but advance registration is required.

World Malaria Report 2014

This report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030

Adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015, this strategy aims to reduce global malaria incidence and mortality rates by 90% by 2030.

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