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Updated Q&A on RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine candidate

24 April 2015 – WHO has published an updated Q&A about RTS,S/AS01, a malaria vaccine being developed through a partnership between GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

Online consultation on draft GMS malaria elimination strategy

22 April 2015 – WHO is working with countries and partners on developing a regional malaria elimination strategy for the Greater Mekong subregion. The draft strategy is now available for public consultation. Please send your comments by 29 April.

Call for applications for MPAC membership

21 April 2015 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is currently calling for applications from malaria experts to be considered for membership on the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee. Applications should be submitted by 31 May 2015.

Summary of World Malaria Report 2014 in 7 languages

15 April 2015 – This summary provides a 24-page selection of key data and facts from the World Malaria Report 2014 and is available in the 6 official languages and Portuguese.

RAcE's partners meet for first best practices and policy meeting

8 April 2015 – The WHO Rapid Access Expansion programme, which supports ministries of health in sub-Saharan Africa to scale up a package of health interventions for child survival, held its first international policy meeting on 9–13 February 2015 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

New publication: Climbing towards elimination in Bhutan

27 March 2015 – The ninth case study in the malaria elimination series focuses on Bhutan's progress in driving down transmission. It was released at the latest meeting of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) in Hoi An, Viet Nam on 26 March.

Updated tracking list on oral artemisinin-based monotherapies

26 March 2015 – Eight countries are yet to take regulatory action against the marketing of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies. At least 25 pharmaceutical companies, mostly in India, continue to market these non-recommended products.

Documentation from seventh MPAC meeting available

12 March 2015 – The MPAC held its latest meeting on 5–7 March. All documentation, including pre-reads and presentations, can be found on the MPAC meetings page. The meeting report will be published in the Malaria Journal within two months.

Sixth MPAC meeting report available in Malaria Journal

10 March 2015 – The report on the September 2014 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting is now available. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.

Second edition of microscopy training manual available in French

5 March 2015 – The second edition of the Basic malaria microscopy package is available in French in the WHO online bookstore. Divided into a learner's guide and a tutor's guide, the package provides all that is needed to conduct a complete training course.

Training module on epidemiological approach available in French and Portuguese

3 March 2015 – Both manuals of the training package on epidemiological approach for malaria control – the guide for participants and the guide for tutors – are now available in French and Portuguese and can be downloaded from this website.

Meeting report on the determination of LLIN fabric strength

27 February 2015 – This WHOPES report is based on the results of textile testing of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) conducted by WHO. The outcomes will be used to adjust WHO specifications and improve quality standards for LLINs.

Eliminating malaria from the Greater Mekong subregion

24 February 2015 – WHO has recently embarked on the development of a regional malaria elimination strategy. The document is being drafted under the aegis of the Regional Hub for the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance, and will be put online for public consultation soon.

Partner consultation on impact of ERAR programme

12 February 2015 – On 11–12 February, representatives of countries and partners gathered in Bangkok, Thailand for the first major technical consultation on the ongoing emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion since the launch of the programme in April 2013.

Elimination case studies on Malaysia, Philippines and the Island of Reunion

30 January 2015 – Three new reports are available in the elimination case studies series, produced jointly by WHO and the Global Health Group. The Reunion report is also available in French.

Next Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting

30 January 2015 – The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 5 to 7 March 2015. The first two days of the meeting are open to the public but advance registration is required.

Draft global technical strategy considered by WHO Executive Board

27 January 2015 – On 26 January, the WHO Executive Board considered the draft global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030) and recommended its submission to the World Health Assembly. The document is available in all six official languages.

Policy brief on primaquine as single-dose gametocytocide in Pf malaria

27 January 2015 – This policy brief provides background on the WHO recommendation to use primaquine as single-dose gametocytocide in P. falciparum malaria, summarizing the latest evidence, expected benefits and considerations for programmatic implementation.

WHO preferred product characteristics for malaria vaccines

26 January 2015 – Prepared by the WHO Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department, this document provides guidance to vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies on WHO’s preferred product characteristics for malaria vaccines.

WHO observes emergency MDA campaign for malaria in Sierra Leone

22 January 2015 – Experts from the WHO Global Malaria Programme travelled to Sierra Leone to help prepare a preliminary assessment on two recent mass drug administration campaigns for malaria, which sought to reduce the number of fever cases that might be mistaken for Ebola.

Background brief on draft global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030)

22 January 2015 – This brief explains how the draft strategy’s proposed targets were developed. It also provides details on the estimated costs of implementation.

Draft global technical strategy available in all six official languages

18 January 2015 – 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.

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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