14 July 2016 – The MPAC will review the draft operational manual on malaria elimination and a draft proposal for a Target Product Profile of Ivermectin use for malaria transmission control. The agenda also includes, among other topics, the RTS,S vaccine, the new Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication, the recommendations from the Surveillance Monitoring & Evaluation Taskforce, and the results of the Impact of Insecticide Resistance Project. All sessions except the last one are open to the public but advance registration is required.
24 June 2016 – In a bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, reflects on some of the most pressing issues in the fight against malaria. The letter includes updates on a range of topics, from the malaria vaccine RTS,S/ASO1 and reports of hrp2 gene deletions to the recent outbreak of malaria in Angola.
23 June 2016 – The Gavi Vaccine Alliance announced today that it will provide up to US$ 27.5 million for a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine programme. “Gavi’s pledge will help us fund the pilot deployment of a first-generation malaria vaccine that has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa,” said Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, confers partial protection against malaria in young children.
2 June 2016 – The proliferation of new terms in relation to malaria has generated some confusion and misunderstanding. This updated glossary, the first official publication on malaria terminology since 1963, aims to improve communication and mutual understanding within the scientific community as well as with funding agencies and other malaria stakeholders. It will be available in French and Spanish shortly.
New video: progress and gaps in the fight against malaria
Over the last 15 years, there has been a remarkable decline in the global malaria burden. But our journey is incomplete: in 2015 alone, malaria claimed the lives of more than 400 000 people, mainly young African children, and there were 214 million new cases of the disease. A new video from the WHO Global Malaria Programme highlights achievements in malaria control and a global strategy to address remaining gaps. The video is available in English and French.
The WHO Global Malaria Programme is currently seeking a Coordinator to lead and manage the Entomology & Vector Control unit. Applications should be made through the WHO e-recruitment system.
Global progress in malaria control is threatened by the rapid development and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. To date, parasite resistance to artemisinin – the core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines – has been detected in 5 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
WHO and FAO held a Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) to re-evaluate the safety of three pesticides, including malathion, an insecticide used in vector control for malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
WHO announced changes to the criteria used by the Organization to determine procurement eligibility for antigen-detecting malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs).
This note provides guidance on how to investigate suspected false negative RDT results, including pfhrp2 gene deletions, and on alternative non-HRP2-based RDT options.
Colleagues across WHO are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Sylvia Meek, who died on 11 May after an 18-month battle with cancer.