The results of laboratory-based evaluations of RDTs are now available to be used by malaria control programmes and guide World Health Organization recommendations for these diagnostic tools.
Until 15 August, an online consultation is open for the draft post-2015 global technical strategy for malaria (GTS): Accelerating progress towards elimination.
A trial in a high malaria transmission area in Uganda aimed to improve quality of care for patients with a fever. It showed small improvements in malaria case management, patient satisfaction and communication between health workers and patients, but it did not improve the health of community children.
The process of developing the second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the period 2016-2025 is now focusing on country consultations to ensure it is responsive to country needs and realities.
The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) have joined a team of experts on a five-year malaria control programme around a gamepark in Southern Malawi. The researchers will apply the Easy Access Group (EAG) and continuous Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) tools they developed as part of the ACT Consortium.
Clinicians who use rapid diagnostic tests instead of relying on patients’ symptoms are less likely to overprescribe malaria treatment. The tests are also better at detecting fatal forms of malaria, according to research published today in the British Medical Journal.
Artemisinin-based malaria drugs are viewed as safe, but animal safety studies raised concerns over their potential to cause damage to parts of the brain involved in hearing and balance. A group of scientists reviewed safety studies in humans and found a worrying lack of data from young children, the most vulnerable group. The results were published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Motivating volunteers and strengthening support to health systems are critical if community interventions are to become the solution to improving access to primary health care, according to a new study.
Interactive training programmes for health workers could reduce overdiagnosis of malaria by half and help prevent valuable drugs from being wasted on patients who don’t have the disease, according to new research published on World Malaria Day in The Lancet Global Health. The study shows that the roll-out of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in endemic countries should run alongside these new training programmes.
A study in Tanzanian drug shops showed that most malaria patients did not receive an antimalarial and most people who obtained one didn’t in fact have malaria.
Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) is a strategy that enables those living beyond the reach of health facilities to access lifesaving treatments. It should be a national priority and an integral part of national health sector plans, a recent symposium in Ghana has concluded.
Small bite, big threat: too many lives are still at risk of vector-borne diseases. On World Health Day, British Parliamentarians learned about the current status of malaria at an event in Westminster hosted by Malaria No More UK.
Malaria experts from the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region and key partners are reiterating a warning that anti-malarial drug resistance is an ever-growing challenge that needs to be tackled urgently.
Drug shops offering quick diagnostic tests for malaria can improve treatment, but regulation by authorities is also needed, researchers warn.
Improving malaria diagnosis decreased the waste of malaria drugs in patients who didn’t need them. Now, clinicians who don’t know what else is causing fever tend to overprescribe antibiotics, increasing the risk of drug resistance.