Malaria

Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to convene on 16-18 September

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

2 September 2015 – The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 16–18 September. The Committee will review the recommendations of expert groups on the use of mass drug administration for malaria; prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy; and vector control coverage. It will also hear updates on artemisinin and ACT resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion, malaria elimination in the WHO European Region, and the ongoing process to update malaria terminology. Other topics on the agenda include G6PD testing before treatment and the latest updates on the RTS,S vaccine candidate.

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.

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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.

29 July 2015 – Technical brief on control and elimination of P. vivax malaria

The technical brief covers several key strategic areas aimed at controlling and eliminating P. vivax including diagnostic testing and treatment, G6PD deficiency and radical cure with primaquine, and surveillance.

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.

26 June 2015 – New publication: Second edition of IRS operational manual

The indoor residual spraying manual has been updated to reflect the latest WHO recommendations. The document is recommended for national malaria control programmes and technical partners working on IRS programmes.

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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