Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to convene on 5–7 March

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

30 January 2015 – The next MPAC meeting will take place on 5–7 March. The Committee will assess the cost-effectiveness and potential future role of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, discuss the role of G6PD testing in anti-relapse therapy for P. Vivax malaria, and hear an update from the Vector Control Advisory Group. The agenda also includes a discussion on the elimination strategy for the Greater Mekong subregion, and a number of other technical items. The first two days of the meeting are open to the public but advance registration is required.

WHO observes emergency MDA campaign for malaria in Sierra Leone

mass drug administration campaigns against malaria in Sierra Leone.
WHO/ Stefan Hoyer

22 January 2015 – Experts from the WHO Global Malaria Programme were in Sierra Leone this week, working on a preliminary assessment of two recent mass drug administration campaigns for malaria which aimed to reduce the number of fever cases that might be mistaken for Ebola. The two successive emergency MDA campaigns reached more than 2.5 million people in Ebola-affected areas. The campaign was implemented by the National Malaria Control Programme, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF and other partners, with technical support and guidance by WHO.

Eliminating malaria: case study on the Island of Reunion

13 January 2015 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Global Health Group at the University of California are collaborating on a series of case studies on malaria elimination. The latest report reviews how the Island of Reunion had eliminated the disease by the end of the 1970s and how it has successfully prevented its re-establishment since. Previous reports in the series have documented the malaria elimination process in Cabo Verde, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Turkmenistan. The production of the series is being supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Reunion case study is available in both English and French.


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30 January 2015 – Elimination case studies on Malaysia, Philippines and the Island of Reunion

Three new reports are available in the elimination case studies series, including one in French (the Island of Reunion). The series is being produced jointly by WHO and the Global Health Group.

22 January 2015 – Background brief on draft global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030)

This brief explains how the draft strategy’s proposed targets were developed. It also provides details on the estimated costs of implementation.

18 January 2015 – Draft global technical strategy available in all six official languages

The draft global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030) will be discussed by the WHO Executive Board during the last week of January. The draft document is now available in all six official languages.

3 December 2014 – Supplement on severe malaria in Tropical Medicine and International Health

Produced under the auspices of the WHO Technical Expert Group on malaria chemotherapy, this fourth edition of the supplement provides a series of literature reviews on severe malaria.

14 November 2014 – Guidance on temporary malaria control measures in Ebola-affected countries

WHO has updated its malaria-specific recommendations for countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. The recommendations are temporary in nature and relate to malaria diagnosis, bednet distribution and the deployment of mass drug administration.

Draft technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030

This draft strategy will be considered by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

World Malaria Report 2014

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

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