16 December 2016 – In his bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, reflects on the following topics: the launch of World Malaria Report 2016, the RTS,S malaria vaccine programme, the new report Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion, a 5-year WHO investigation on long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), malaria elimination in Sri Lanka, new regional malaria frameworks, the inaugural meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication and the tenth meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.
13 December 2016 – Our latest report spotlights progress in the scale-up of key malaria-fighting tools for the most vulnerable populations: children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. But in many countries, substantial gaps in programme coverage remain. Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress, jeopardizing the attainment of global targets.
25 November 2016 – Since 2012, countries across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have reported a sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths. But the spread of antimalarial drug resistance threatens to undermine these gains. A new report from WHO offers a set of tried-and-tested approaches that can help GMS countries end transmission of this deadly disease. The report was released this week at a malaria partners’ forum in Cambodia.
17 November 2016 – The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO confirmed today. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most prevalent in Africa. Advanced clinical trials have shown RTS,S to provide partial protection against malaria in young children.
16 November 2016 – Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) – the mainstay of malaria prevention – continue to be a highly effective tool in the malaria fight, even in areas where mosquitoes have developed resistance to insecticides. This was the key finding of a five-year five-country investigation coordinated by WHO. The results of this study, presented today at the ASTMH conference, reaffirm the WHO recommendation of universal LLIN coverage for all populations at risk of malaria.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and containment
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- High-risk groups
- Malaria vaccine development
- Preventive therapies
Fact sheets and Q&As
- WHO fact sheet on malaria
- Q&A on malaria vaccine RTS,S
- Q&A on insecticide resistance
- Q&A on artemisinin resistance
Global Fund – funding proposal development
Test procedures for insecticide resistance monitoring in malaria vector mosquitoes – Second edition
Testing for G6PD deficiency for safe use of primaquine in radical cure of P. vivax and P. ovale
False-negative RDT results and implications of new reports of P. falciparum HRP 2/3 gene deletions
World Malaria Report
Global Technical Strategy
The WHO Global Malaria Programme at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Global vector control response online consultation
Call for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation
Call for expressions of interest for Round 8 of the WHO Malaria RDT Product Testing Programme
New WHO advisory group tackles key questions on malaria eradication
Kyrgyzstan receives WHO certification of malaria elimination
Other recent publications
Implications of insecticide resistance for malaria vector control
Update on artemisinin and ACT resistance
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (September 2016)
WHO malaria terminology
Eliminating malaria in the GMS
Policy Advisory Committee
A word from the experts
Hear from some of the world-renowned researchers that guide WHO’s malaria policies.
"Countries have done a great job decreasing malaria cases and deaths, but we’re not out of the woods yet."
"Science is still a challenging field for women to enter, and even more so in which to progress."
"After all this progress, the hardest bits are yet to come. But these will also be the best bits, because it means we will be working towards elimination."
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