Global survey of malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) sales, procurement and lot verification practices: assessing the use of the WHO–FIND Malaria RDT Evaluation Programme (2011–2014)

As malaria RDTs from different manufacturers can present wide variations, especially in terms of performance characteristics, and can be affected by sub-optimal transport or storage conditions, the use of the PT/LT Programme results as well as procurement and lot verification practices were assessed through a large-scale survey, gathering product-specific RDT sales and procurement data (2011–14 period) from a total of 32 manufacturers, 12 procurers, and 68 National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs).

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Publication date: May 2017
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/global-survey-of-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-test-rdt-sales-procurement-and-lot-verification-practices-assessing-the-use-of-the-who-find-malaria-rdt-evaluation-programme-2011-2014/

Immune resistance and tolerance strategies in malaria vector and non-vector mosquitoes

This study was designed to investigate the immune responses of An. coluzzii, An. arabiensis and An. quadriannulatus mosquitoes. The first two mosquito species are major vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, while the third is thought to be a non-vector.

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Publication date: April 2017
Source: Parasites & Vectors
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/immune-resistance-and-tolerance-strategies-in-malaria-vector-and-non-vector-mosquitoes/

Prospects for malaria control through manipulation of mosquito larval habitats and olfactory-mediated behavioural responses using plant-derived compounds

This review compiles information regarding the current status of knowledge on manipulation of larval ecology and chemical-mediated behaviour of adult mosquitoes with plant-derived compounds for controlling mosquito populations. Further, an update on the current advancements in technologies to improve longevity and efficiency of these compounds for field applications is provided.

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Publication date: April 2017
Source: Parasites & Vectors
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/prospects-for-malaria-control-through-manipulation-of-mosquito-larval-habitats-and-olfactory-mediated-behavioural-responses-using-plant-derived-compounds/

Geostatistical modelling of malaria indicator survey data to assess the effects of interventions on the geographical distribution of malaria prevalence in children less than 5 years in Uganda

This study analyzes 2014–15 Uganda Malaria Indicator Survey data to assess intervention effects on malaria prevalence among children less than five years of age and intervention effects at regional level, and estimate geographical distribution of malaria prevalence in the country.

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Publication date: April 2017
Source: PLOS One
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/geostatistical-modelling-of-malaria-indicator-survey-data-to-assess-the-effects-of-interventions-on-the-geographical-distribution-of-malaria-prevalence-in-children-less-than-5-years-in-uganda/

Comparative Transcriptomics of Malaria Mosquito Testes: Function, Evolution, and Linkage

A study wherein RNA sequencing of A. gambiae and A. merus carcass and testes was conducted to explore tissue- and species-specific patterns of gene expression. The data provide support for transcriptional repression of X-linked genes in the male germline, which likely drives demasculinization of the X chromosome.

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Publication date: April 2017
Source: G3: GENES, GENOMES, GENETICS
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/comparative-transcriptomics-of-malaria-mosquito-testes-function-evolution-and-linkage/

Analysing trends and forecasting malaria epidemics in Madagascar using a sentinel surveillance network: a web-based application

This study describes a system using various epidemic thresholds and a forecasting component with the support of new technologies to improve the performance of a sentinel MEWS. Malaria-related data from 21 sentinel sites collected by Short Message Service are automatically analysed to detect malaria trends and malaria outbreak alerts with automated feedback reports.

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Publication date: February 2017
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/analysing-trends-and-forecasting-malaria-epidemics-in-madagascar-using-a-sentinel-surveillance-network-a-web-based-application/

Reported bed net ownership and use in social contacts is associated with uptake of bed nets for malaria prevention in pregnant women in Ghana

A study in Kumasi, Ghana found that higher “social influence” may be correlated with increased ownership and use of bednets. This presents opportunities for social and behavior change communication programs to affect malaria prevention outcomes.

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Publication date: January 2017
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/reported-bed-net-ownership-and-use-in-social-contacts-is-associated-with-uptake-of-bed-nets-for-malaria-prevention-in-pregnant-women-in-ghana/

Assessing the effect of indoor residual spraying (IRS) on malaria morbidity in Northern Uganda: a before and after study

According to a recent study in northern Uganda, indoor residual spraying (IRS) appears to effectively reduce malaria deaths for at least three months after each spraying. Results measured after three months were less significant, and may suggest ways to optimize the effects of IRS.

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Publication date: January 2017
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/assessing-the-effect-of-indoor-residual-spraying-irs-on-malaria-morbidity-in-northern-uganda-a-before-and-after-study/

The geography of imported malaria to non-endemic countries: a meta-analysis of nationally reported statistics

This analysis of existing data and literature on imported malaria cases points to historical and geographical patterns between non-endemic countries and malarious neighboring nations. Such patterns will prove significant in strategizing for malaria elimination and eradication.

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Publication date: January 2017
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/the-geography-of-imported-malaria-to-non-endemic-countries-a-meta-analysis-of-nationally-reported-statistics-2/

Plasmodium falciparum malaria importation from Africa to China and its mortality: an analysis of driving factors

Though China is not typically associated with high malaria rates, P. falciparum infections have been rising, due to business and travel between Africa and China. This article discusses some of the key factors in this trend, suggesting ways that malaria importation may be mitigated.

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Publication date: December 2016
Source: Nature
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-importation-from-africa-to-china-and-its-mortality-an-analysis-of-driving-factors/