30 September 2015 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee reviewed the recommendations of expert groups on the use of mass drug administration for malaria; prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy; and vector control coverage. It also heard updates on artemisinin and ACT resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion, malaria elimination in the WHO European Region, and the ongoing process to update malaria terminology. Other topics on the agenda included G6PD testing before treatment and the latest updates on the RTS,S vaccine candidate.
17 September 2015 – According to a joint WHO/UNICEF report released today, the rate of new malaria cases has dropped by 37% globally over the past 15 years, while mortality fell by 60%. The report, Achieving the Malaria MDG Target, shows that the malaria target of the Millennium Development Goals has been met “convincingly”. However, malaria remains an acute public health problem in many regions, above all in sub-Saharan Africa where 15 countries accounted for 80% of malaria cases and 78% of deaths globally in 2015.
27 August 2015 – Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria is essential to appropriately target treatment and guide management of febrile illnesses. Access to rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), one of the two WHO-recommended methods for testing suspected malaria cases, is increasing worldwide. Between 2008 and 2013, the volume of RDT sales in endemic countries rose from 46 to 319 million, making the production and selection of high-quality RDT a critical process. This new section provides guidance for organizations and individuals considering the use of RDTs, as well as for malaria control programmes, health services and test kit manufacturers.