23 August 2016 – WHO Member States in the African Region have unanimously adopted a new malaria framework that is aligned with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Endorsed at the 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, the framework will guide African countries as they implement the Global Technical Strategy across the region.
5 August 2016 – At least four out of every five people worldwide are at risk of contracting viruses or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other vectors. Collectively, vector-borne diseases place a massive burden on health systems and cause considerable economic and social disruption. Malaria alone claims more than 400 000 lives each year. On 3−4 August, more than 20 leading vector control experts convened at WHO headquarters in Geneva to lay the foundation for a new Global Vector Control Response.
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.
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. This video from the WHO Global Malaria Programme highlights achievements in malaria control and a global strategy to address remaining gaps. It is available in English and French.
WHO is currently seeking scientific, operational and policy experts in various fields linked to medical entomology and vector control to support the work of the Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) on new vector control tools.
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.
This updated glossary 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.
The Gavi Vaccine Alliance announced today that it will provide up to US$ 27.5 million for a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine programme.
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).