Malaria

Information note on recommended selection criteria for RDTs

Rapid diagnostic testing in Liberia
Sarah Hoibak/ MENTOR

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.

Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to convene on 10–12 September

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

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.

Highlights

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9 September 2014 – New policy brief on malaria diagnostics in low-transmission settings

In line with MPAC guidance, this policy brief summarizes WHO’s recommendations on the use of nucleic acid amplification-based diagnostic tools for malaria in low-transmission areas.

4 September 2014 – New update on artemisinin resistance

A new update is available on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update also summarizes WHO's current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlights areas of concern.

5 August 2014 – Call for applications: Communications consultant

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a communications consultant to support the work of the Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme. The call for applications closed on 12 September 2014.

30 July 2014 – Dr Pedro Alonso appointed Director of the Global Malaria Programme

Dr Alonso is currently Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Professor of the Barcelona University School of Medicine. He will take up the WHO position on 13 October 2014.

29 July 2014 – Policy brief on Global Fund concept note development available in French

The policy brief published in March to support ministries of health in developing concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is now available in French.

World Malaria Report 2013

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

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