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5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference

5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference

Welcome to the TropIKA.net Knowledge Hub set up for the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference, November 2-6, 2009, Nairobi, Kenya. This site provides in-depth coverage of the meeting while it is happening and an opportunity for participants anywhere to comment on reports and activities. Simply sign in and join the discussion.

MIM 2009 is being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, in Nairobi, Kenya, where over 2,000 people have registered. The full programme and agenda can be found at the MIM site. MIM conferences are the largest malaria meetings in the world, attracting malaria researchers and control experts, science administrators, health care workers, members of the media and representatives of private foundations, governments and international organizations from across the world.

This site is part of the TropIKA.net Knowledge Hub initiative, which supports international health forums by enhancing dialogue among stakeholders before, during and after events.

Meeting news

6 Nov 2009

Traditional medicines to fight malaria

Why researchers need to mine traditional knowledge for drug discovery
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6 Nov 2009

MIM moves from East to West

The Tanzanian MIM secretariat has handed over the reins to Cameroon
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5 Nov 2009

Transmission-blocking vaccines push towards eradication

New vaccine candidates now aim to stop transmission
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Daily reports

6 Nov 2009

What type of malaria R&D should Africa be doing and how do we build capacity?
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5 Nov 2009

Dr. Hans Rietveld, director of Global Access & Marketing at the Novartis Malaria Initiative, talked about how Novartis is contributing to the fight against malaria through partnerships.
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4 Nov 2009

Day 3 got to grips with the enormous tasks of elimination and eradication. The Global Malaria Action Plan envisions a “malaria-free world”.
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3 Nov 2009

The key message of the second day’s plenary session was the need for evidence-based research to influence malaria policy.
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2 Nov 2009

The plenary session set the tone for the day, discussing the need for crosscutting action in malaria.
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Session reports

In depth session reports by TropIKA.net rapporteurs

5 Nov 2009

TDR Presentations

Scientific Session 42

The TropIKA.net Interviews

To facilitate debate on key issues dealt with at MIM 2009, TropIKA.net has interviewed ten researchers who will be making presentations during the event. Ten African malaria scientists and ten senior figures involved in control programmes will also be asked for their views on the presentations and the implications for future research and control efforts.
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TropIKA.net talks with MIM presenters about their cutting-edge research.

Presenter interviews...

Denise Njama-Meya
Reports of a decrease in the number of cases of malaria have come in from many parts of Africa. Is this due to the new interventions that have been introduced or is something else going on? Denise Njama-Meya discusses the situation with reference to her own work with a cohort of Ugandan children.
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Meet the MIM delegates

6 Nov 2009

Simon Hay

Q&A with Simon Hay on mapping malaria

Mapping could prove a useful tool for control and eradication effort

4 Nov 2009

Dr Aceme Nyika

Q&A with Aceme Nyika about ethics

African countries need to boost their ethics review capabilities, but with very differing needs and limited resources, how should they go about doing so?

Pedro Alonso

Q&A with Pedro Alonso on eradication

Malaria eradication is a lofty goal, but how do we achieve it, and would it divert attention from more pressing issues of control?

Guest blog

2 Nov 2009

What Africans need from product development partnerships

Yvette Collymore of the Malaria Vaccine Initiative talks to MIM Professor Wen Kilama, AMANET: Managing Trustee, African Malaria Network Trust (host of MIM): The Product Development Partnership model has seen a number of achievements since they began developing drugs, vaccines, and vector control solutions in 1999. However, from an African perspective, these product development partnerships (PDPs) [...]

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Meeting blog

20 Nov 2009

Podcasts from Nairobi

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has made available a series of podcasts from the MIM conference. They may be accessed on the School’s Audio News site. The podcasts include the following. Professor Brian Greenwood discusses the presentation he gave to the conference, in which he explained that combined prophylactic and therapeutic use of [...]
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Profile: Sanjeev Krishna

Sanjeev Krishna Sanjeev Krishna at St George’s, University of London, talks to TropIKA.net about his research into the mechanism of artemisinin and the search for new antimalarials