Round 5 results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs

24 July 2014 – 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.

WHO procedures for certification of malaria elimination

22 July 2014 – A new article in the Weekly Epidemiological Record provides a summary of the WHO procedures for certification of malaria elimination and of the various steps that make up the process.

Registration open for the next MPAC meeting

11 July 2014 – The next meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 10–12 September 2014. The draft meeting agenda can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC page.

Latest MPAC report available in Malaria Journal

4 July 2014 – The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee last met on 12-14 March 2014. The report from this meeting is now available in the Malaria Journal. The report and all related documentation can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC meetings page.

Lao PDR: Malaria outbreaks remain worrisome but progress is being made

30 June 2014 – Despite a substantial reduction of the malaria burden, the Lao PDR continues to experience outbreaks. A feature story, provided by the ERAR regional hub in Cambodia, provides insight into the country’s unique challenges.

Progress report on malaria for UN General Assembly

30 June 2014 – WHO has submitted its annual progress report to the UN General Assembly, reviewing progress towards 2015 global malaria targets. The report is now available in all six official languages.

Regional consultations conclude on new global malaria strategy

23 June 2014 – WHO has completed a series of seven regional consultations on the new global technical strategy for malaria control and elimination. All consultation reports are available on this website.

Call for for applications: consultancy

17 June 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a consultant for a project seeking to stimulate the creation of a private sector market for malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Africa. The deadline for applications is 14 July 2014.

Regional Director opens WPRO consultation on global malaria strategy

10 June 2014 – The regional consultation on the new WHO malaria strategy, held in Manila, Philippines on 10-11 June, was opened by Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

In focus: Malaria in humanitarian emergencies

5 June 2014 – UN agencies marked World Refugee Day on 20 June. WHO’s inter-agency field handbook Malaria control in humanitarian emergencies, published in October 2013, brings together the most effective strategies to manage malaria responses during humanitarian emergencies.

Call for for applications: consultancy

3 June 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a consultant to assist with the development of a training package on monitoring the therapeutic efficacy of antimalarials. The deadline for applications is 8 June 2014.

Training module on case management available in French

27 May 2014 – Both manuals of the training package on malaria case management – the guide for participants and the guide for tutors – are now available in French, and can be downloaded from this website.

The role of operational research in malaria elimination

23 May 2014 – This report summarizes the conclusions of an expert consultation held in October 2013 to review the operational research landscape and to identify research questions most relevant for countries transitioning from malaria control to elimination.

New interactive maps to track efficacy of antimalarial drugs

14 May 2014 – The maps chart the results of hundreds of therapeutic efficacy studies conducted between 2005 and 2013 and provide a visual overview of the status of antimalarial drug efficacy for P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria.

New publication on 8-aminoquinoline antimalarial medicines

8 May 2014 – This document, prepared for a 2012 meeting on the safety and effectiveness of single-dose primaquine as a P. falciparum gametocytocide, reviews published and unpublished studies about the safety of primaquine.

Policy brief on oral artemisinin-based monotherapies

2 May 2014 – This policy brief reviews progress and challenges in the withdrawal of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies from the markets and provides a summary of WHO’s recommendations to ministries of health and pharmaceutical regulators.

New manual for elimination scenario planning

24 April 2014 – On World Malaria Day, WHO published a manual providing malaria-endemic countries with a comprehensive framework to assess different scenarios and timelines for reducing the disease burden and moving towards elimination.

Malaria Policy Advisory Committee: survey on stakeholder perceptions

16 April 2014 – A stakeholder survey has been launched to gather input from Member States and the global malaria community on perceptions about the MPAC. The survey closed on 23 May.

Updated Q&A on artemisinin resistance

8 April 2014 – Parasite resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries in South-East Asia. Our updated Q&A explains what this means for global efforts to control and eliminate malaria, and why it deserves global attention.

7 April 2014 – World Health Day 2014. Small bite: Big threat

WHO's 2014 World Health Day campaign sought to raise awareness about the threat posed by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and freshwater snails, and urged families and communities to take action to protect themselves.

New publication: Global Fund concept note development

28 March 2014 – WHO has issued a policy brief summarizing all recommended policies and strategies for the development of concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Fifth Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting concludes

14 March 2014 – All documentation related to this meeting, including the MPAC’s recommendations, can be consulted on the MPAC homepage. The report of the meeting will be published in the Malaria Journal within two months.

Vacancy announcement: Communications consultant

27 February 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a communications consultant to support the work of the Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme. The deadline to submit applications is 14 March 2014.

Updated policy brief on IPTp implementation

13 February 2014 – The policy brief offering guidance on the implementation of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy implementation has been updated to reflect the latest recommendations of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.

New update on artemisinin resistance

4 February 2014 – A new update is available on the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries. The update also summarizes WHO’s current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlights areas of concern.

Acting Director at the WHO Global Malaria Programme

1 February 2014 – Dr John Reeder has been appointed as Acting Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme until a successor is found to replace Dr Robert Newman. After leading the department for four and a half years, Dr Newman has moved to the GAVI Alliance.

New web section: Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2025

30 January 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme is coordinating the development of a new Global Technical Strategy for Malaria. All related information is available in a dedicated web section.

Online survey on the Guidelines for the treatment of malaria

30 January 2014 – The WHO Global Malaria Programme conducted a rapid online survey on the current edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of malaria. The results will feed into an ongoing review process and help to improve the content and structure of the upcoming third edition.

Next Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting

24 January 2014 – The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 12 to 14 March 2014. MPAC meetings are held in open session; anyone from the global malaria community is welcome to attend, provided they register in advance.

New web section: Emergency response to artemisinin resistance

14 January 2014 – In April 2013, WHO launched an emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion. A regional hub has been set up, with a network of experts deployed to affected countries. All related information is now available in a dedicated section.

Call for members: Technical Expert Group on Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation

9 January 2014 – A new technical expert group is being constituted to support the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC). The deadline to submit applications is 26 January 2014.

Call for expressions of interest for Round 6 of the WHO Malaria RDT Product Testing Programme

7 January 2014 – WHO is calling for expressions of interest for Round 6 of the WHO Malaria Product Testing Programme, due to begin in May 2014. The deadline for submissions is 7 February 2014.

World Malaria Report 2013

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

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