14 November 2014 – Malaria is a prevalent cause of fever in Ebola-affected countries and its clinical presentation overlaps with initial signs of Ebola. For this reason, the effectiveness of the Ebola response can be optimized through the deployment of targeted measures to reduce the number of fever cases due to malaria. WHO recommends specific adaptations in the diagnosis of malaria and in LLIN distribution in countries heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak, as well as deployment of mass drug administration using ACTs in certain areas.
PAHO honors 2014 Malaria Champions of the Americas
7 November 2014 – On the occasion of Malaria Day in the Americas (6 November), PAHO/WHO recognized three health programmes for their outstanding contribution to malaria elimination. These were: the National Center for Control of Tropical Diseases in the Dominican Republic, the Southwest Petén Health Program for vector control efforts in Guatemala, and the Integrated Malaria Control program of José Santos Guardiola in Honduras. Since 2000, the number of malaria cases has been reduced by 64% in the region, and malaria deaths have declined by 78%.
9 October 2014 – This meeting report summarizes the main conclusions of a technical consultation held in March 2014 to review and update the WHO Malaria microscopy quality assurance manual. Published in 2009, the manual was designed to help managers of national malaria programmes and laboratory services to develop and maintain comprehensive and sustainable quality assurance programmes. All the presentations given by participants have been uploaded to this website, and are also linked within the report.