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/

Intermittent Preventive Treatment with Sulfadoxine–Pyrimethamine: More Than Just an Antimalarial?

Co-authored by PATH’s Larry Slutsker, this article discusses a potential benefit of SP taken during pregnancy: preventing low birthweights. Formerly used only to prevent malaria, SP may still be relevant to healthy births, despite concerns of drug resistance.

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Publication date: December 2016
Source: AJTMH
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/intermittent-preventive-treatment-with-sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine-more-than-just-an-antimalarial/

The hide and seek of Plasmodium vivax in West Africa: report from a large-scale study in Beninese asymptomatic subjects

Plasmodium vivax is considered to be absent from western Africa, where the prevalence of Duffy-negative red blood cell phenotype proves to be high. The results of the present study highlight an unexpectedly high exposure of Beninese subjects to P. vivax, resulting in sub-microscopic infections. This suggests a probably underestimated and insidious parasite presence in western Africa.

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Publication date: November 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/the-hide-and-seek-of-plasmodium-vivax-in-west-africa-report-from-a-large-scale-study-in-beninese-asymptomatic-subjects/

Efficacy and Safety of High-Dose Ivermectin for Reducing Malaria Transmission (IVERMAL): Protocol for a Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Finding Trial in Western Kenya

Data is currently being collected regarding the efficacy of higher doses of ivermectin for malaria treatment. If found to be safe, higher doses may contribute to global malaria elimination strategies.

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Publication date: November 2016
Source: JMIR
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/efficacy-and-safety-of-high-dose-ivermectin-for-reducing-malaria-transmission-ivermal-protocol-for-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-dose-finding-trial-in-western-kenya/

Contemporary epidemiological overview of malaria in Madagascar: operational utility of reported routine case data for malaria control planning

A sub-national perspective is essential when monitoring the epidemiology of malaria in Madagascar and assessing local control needs. A robust assessment of the status of malaria at a time when intervention coverage efforts are being scaled up provides a platform from which to guide intervention preparedness and assess change in future periods of transmission.

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Publication date: October 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/contemporary-epidemiological-overview-of-malaria-in-madagascar-operational-utility-of-reported-routine-case-data-for-malaria-control-planning/

Safety and immunogenicity of RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine in infants and children with WHO stage 1 or 2 HIV disease: a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial

RTS, S/AS01 was well tolerated when given to children with WHO clinical stage 1 or 2 HIV disease along with high antiretroviral and co-trimoxazole use. Children with HIV disease could be included in future RTS,S/AS01 vaccination programmes.

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Publication date: October 2016
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-rtssas01-malaria-vaccine-in-infants-and-children-with-who-stage-1-or-2-hiv-disease-a-randomised-double-blind-controlled-trial/

A novel method for mapping village-scale outdoor resting microhabitats of the primary African malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae

The use of a D-S modelling framework for predicting the outdoor resting habitat locations provided novel information on this little-known aspect of anopheline ecology. The technique used here may be applied more broadly at different geographic scales using Google Earth, Landsat or other remotely-sensed imagery to assess the malaria vector resting habitats where outdoor control measures can reduce the burden of the disease in Africa and elsewhere.

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Publication date: September 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/a-novel-method-for-mapping-village-scale-outdoor-resting-microhabitats-of-the-primary-african-malaria-vector-anopheles-gambiae/