New WHO advisory group tackles key questions on malaria eradication

11 October 2016 – The Strategic advisory group on malaria eradication, established to address issues on the feasibility, expected costs, timelines and potential strategies for achieving eradication, held its first meeting on 29–30 August.

Leading malaria experts convene for global policy meeting

30 September 2016 – The latest meeting report of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) is now available online.

New plan for malaria elimination in the Americas

29 September 2016 – The new "Plan of Action for Malaria Elimination 2016–2020", aligned with WHO’s "Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030", seeks to intensify elimination efforts in all 21 endemic countries of the region.

WHO certifies Sri Lanka as malaria-free

5 September 2016 – In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was certified by WHO on having eliminated malaria.

Sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths in Greater Mekong subregion

1 September 2016 – The latest bulletin on WHO's emergency response to artemisinin resistance shows that the six GMS countries cut their malaria incidence by more than 54% between 2012 and 2015.

A new malaria framework for Africa

23 August 2016 – WHO Member States in the African Region have unanimously adopted a new malaria framework that is aligned with the goals of the WHO "Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030".

Experts lay groundwork for new global response to vector-borne diseases

5 August 2016 – On 3−4 August, more than 20 leading vector control experts convened at WHO headquarters in Geneva to lay the foundation for a new Global Vector Control Response.

Updated Q&A on artemisinin resistance

22 July 2016 – Global progress in malaria control is threatened by the rapid development and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. To date, parasite resistance to artemisinin – the core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines – has been detected in 5 countries of the Greater Mekong subregion.

Next MPAC to convene on 14–16 September

14 July 2016 – The next meeting of the Malaria Policy Advocacy Committee (MPAC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 14–16 September. All related documentation will be made available on the MPAC meetings page.

Letter to partners

24 June 2016 – In this bi-annual letter to partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, reflects on some of the most – pressing issues in the fight against malaria.

New WHO glossary of malaria terminology

23 June 2016 – This updated glossary aims to improve communication and mutual understanding within the scientific community as well as with funding agencies and other malaria stakeholders. It will be available in French and Spanish shortly.

WHO welcomes support from Gavi for malaria vaccine pilot programme

23 June 2016 – The Gavi Vaccine Alliance announced today that it will provide up to US$ 27.5 million for a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine programme.

WHO/FAO evaluate safety of malathion, diazinon and glyphosate

31 May 2016 – WHO and FAO held a Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) to re-evaluate the safety of three pesticides, including malathion, an insecticide used in vector control for malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

New update on artemisinin and ACT resistance

31 May 2016 – WHO has published an update on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update summarizes WHO's current policy and treatment recommendations and highlights areas of concern.

Changes to WHO criteria on the procurement of RDTs

31 May 2016 – WHO announced changes to the criteria used by the Organization to determine procurement eligibility for antigen-detecting malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs).

New information note on false negative RDTs and HRP2 deletions

19 May 2016 – This note provides guidance on how to investigate suspected false negative RDT results, including pfhrp2 gene deletions, and on alternative non-HRP2-based RDT options.

Remembering Dr Sylvia Meek

17 May 2016 – Colleagues across WHO are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Sylvia Meek, who died on 11 May after an 18-month battle with cancer.

New standard operating procedures for malaria microscopy

5 May 2016 – WHO has developed a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guide microscopists working at all levels of the health care system on the correct procedures for performing microscopy diagnosis for malaria.

Ninth MPAC meeting report

29 April 2016 – The report on the March 2016 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting is available.

Message from the UN Secretary General

25 April 2016 – In his World Malaria Day message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said malaria is a formidable opponent. “If we lower our guard, experience shows that the disease may come back. “

UNITAID forecasts rising demand for malaria diagnostics and treatment

25 April 2016 – Ahead of World Malaria Day, UNITAID published 2 reports that project rising demand for malaria diagnostics and treatment through 2018.

World Malaria Day 2016: End malaria for good

25 April 2016 – World Malaria Day 2016: End malaria for good This year’s theme, "End malaria for good", reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.

The WHO European Region is malaria free

20 April 2016 – Ahead of World Malaria Day 2016, WHO announces that the European Region hit its 2015 target to wipe out malaria, thus contributing to the global goal to "End malaria for good".

Applications for MPAC membership

18 April 2016 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is accepting applications from malaria experts to be considered for membership on the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

Summary of World Malaria Report 2015

15 April 2016 – This summary provides a 32-page selection of key data and facts from the World Malaria Report 2015. It is also available in French and Spanish.

WHO investigates reports of missing gene among malaria parasites and possible impact on RDT performance

30 March 2016 – WHO is rigorously reviewing reports of P. falciparum genetic mutations in some African settings to determine their accuracy and supporting countries to investigate suspected false negative rapid diagnostic test (RDT) results consistent with a missing pfhrp2 gene.

Damn the mosquitoes! Full speed ahead!

15 March 2016 – Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, comments on the extraordinary meeting of the Vector Control Advisory Group.

New guidelines on iron supplementation in children

15 March 2016 – Prepared by the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, the guidelines include recommendations for iron supplementation in countries where malaria is prevalent.

Call for applications for communications consultancy

8 March 2016 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is calling for applications from communications specialists for an 8-month consultancy at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Global Malaria Programme Director awarded Ronald Ross Medal

5 March 2016 – Dr Pedro Alonso has been awarded the Ronald Ross Medal by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The medal is awarded every 3 years in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of tropical public health or tropical medicine

New WHO report highlights progress on AIDS, TB, malaria and NTDs

1 March 2016 – A new report from WHO reviews progress and challenges in the global response to reduce the burden of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Technical brief on control and elimination of P. vivax malaria in Spanish

29 February 2016 – The technical brief covers several key strategic areas aimed at controlling and eliminating P. vivax including diagnostic testing and treatment, G6PD deficiency and radical cure with primaquine, and surveillance.

Eighth MPAC meeting report available in Malaria Journal

24 February 2016 – The report on the Septmber 2015 Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting is now available. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.

New WHO training module on malaria elimination

23 February 2016 – This module is designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to assess the feasibility of malaria elimination in a given area and to prepare a national or sub-national plan for an elimination programme.

Next MPAC to convene on 16–17 March

12 February 2016 – The next meeting of the Malaria Policy Advocacy Committee (MPAC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 16–17 March. All related documentation can be found on the MPAC meetings page.

Call for applications for vector control TEG membership

11 February 2016 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is currently calling for applications from malaria experts to be considered for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Malaria Vector Control.

India launches a national plan to eliminate malaria

11 February 2016 – India’s new National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India 2016-2030 aims to reduce malaria case incidence and deaths to zero over the next 15 years.

Updated WHO global fact sheet on malaria

8 February 2016 – The WHO global fact sheet on malaria has been updated to provide the latest facts and figures about the disease.

Revised WHO manual on malaria microscopy quality assurance

3 February 2016 – This manual is designed to assist managers of national malaria programmes and reference laboratories in investing in quality assurance of malaria microscopy. It will be released in French and Spanish soon.

WHO welcomes new initiative to combat insecticide resistance

1 February 2016 – The Global Malaria Programme welcomed the launch of a UNITAID and IVVC joint initiative to support African countries in obtaining new and effective insecticides at lower prices.

WHO issues its first position paper on a malaria vaccine

29 January 2016 – RTS,S/AS01 is a vaccine that provides partial protection against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally. The recently updated Q&A on malaria vaccines provides additional information.

The use of PBO-treated long-lasting insecticidal nets

15 January 2016 – These recommendations focus on the use of LLINs treated with a pyrethroid insecticide and piperonyl butoxide, and on the need to gather more evidence on conditions and settings where they have increased efficacy compared to pyrethroid-only LLINs.

Round 6 results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs

9 January 2016 – WHO, FIND and US CDC have released the latest report on malaria RDT product testing. The report provides a comparative measure of RDT performance in a standardized way to distinguish between well and poorly performing tests.

World Malaria Report 2015

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

Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030

The strategy aims to reduce global malaria incidence and mortality rates by 90% by 2030.

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