9 September 2014 – This WHO information note provides an updated list of recommended criteria for selecting rapid diagnostics tests (RDTs) for malaria, and highlights the performance of RDTs evaluated by the WHO malaria RDT product testing programme. It also provides an overview of additional considerations in the procurement of rapid tests. Since 2008, more than 200 products have been evaluated through the WHO product testing programme, coordinated by the WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), and executed in collaboration with US CDC.
1 September 2014 – The next MPAC meeting will take place on 10-12 September. The Committee will review progress on the implementation of the Global plan for insecticide resistance management, assess the feasibility of malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and discuss gaps in current WHO guidance on how countries can accelerate towards elimination. The agenda also includes a discussion on the new malaria treatment guidelines (under development) and the control of residual malaria transmission by behaviourally resistant vectors. The MPAC will also hear updates from technical expert groups, and on the process of developing the post-2015 technical strategy for malaria.
New European framework to prevent malaria reintroduction
15 August 2014 – The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released its Regional framework for prevention of malaria reintroduction and certification of malaria elimination 2014-2020. The document provides guidance to ministries of health on how to prevent reintroduction of the disease and details the certification process. In 2012, there were 235 confirmed cases in the European region, of which 218 were reported from Turkey. Three countries – Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkey – are presently in elimination phase, while Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are in prevention of reintroduction phase.