Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

Communities of practice Partnerships

South-South Initiative for Tropical Diseases Research
Initiative to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA)
Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA)
Research Partnerships for Neglected Diseases of Poverty

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Malaria is a vector-borne infectious disease that is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. It causes disease in approximately 400 million people every year and kills between one and three million people every year, mostly young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is commonly-associated with poverty, but is also a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development.

Review Articles

27 Jun 2011

After 40 years, RTS,S nears the finish line

With time and trust, partnerships pay off

2 Jun 2010

Do the poor benefit from infectious disease programmes?

When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
Source: Journal
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25 Apr 2011

Malaria-Fighting Plants May Soon Go Extinct

Under-researched and over-exploited, ages-old natural treatments for symptoms of malaria are critically endangered.

11 Apr 2011

The most important drug in the world—and the plan for saving it

Artemisinin resistance is the single most important threat to global malaria control with the potential to reverse many of the gains made to date. Whether it does may hinge on WHO’s new Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment (GPARC) and how countries around the world choose to respond.

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Editorial Opinions

24 Feb 2011

Funding research into the infectious diseases of poverty: what happens now?

The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?

27 Oct 2010

Verbal autopsy is not well suited to estimating malaria deaths

A verbal autopsy study in India has produced an extraordinarily high estimate of the number of people who die from malaria.

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Research Articles

18 Jul 2011

Ivermectin—now an anti-malarial, too

New research says the cheap, commonly-used endectocide could dramatically reduce transmission

18 May 2011

How reliable are genetic markers for malaria?

P. falciparum’s high polymorphism bodes well for genetic fingerprinting in sub-Saharan Africa. But standardized protocols should be updated to facilitate data comparison between studies.
Source: Malaria Journal

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2 Feb 2011

UK unveils its malaria plans and the evidence on which they are based

A synthesis of the evidence by the Department for International Development concludes that we know what works, but the evidence on how best to deliver effective interventions is weaker, often conflicting and context specific.
Source: Department for International Development (UK)
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17 Jan 2011

Stopping the spread of drug-resistant malaria: new global plan spells out what must be done

The appearance of resistance to the key antimalarial artemisinin is one of the greatest concerns facing global health. A call for action from WHO and the Roll BackMalaria partnership now provides a five-point action plan.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO) and Roll Back Malaria partnership (RBM)
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