Moving toward Malaria Elimination through Integrated Vector Control

As malaria control efforts are scaled up and sustained, we expect a drop in prevalence to the point where Ministries of Health may no longer devote a whole operational unit – a National Malaria Control Program – to the disease. This does not mean that malaria programming stops, otherwise countries would experience a resurgence. We… Continue reading Moving toward Malaria Elimination through Integrated Vector Control

Indoor Residual Spraying – not a one-trick pony

Jasson Urbach and Donald Roberts claim that the malaria fight is hurt by flimsy anti-DDT research as they opine in Business Day (South Africa) on 9th May 2014. They are particularly exercised by an article on possible DDT effects on bird egg shells. Despite the controversy sparked by the article, there is no evidence that… Continue reading Indoor Residual Spraying – not a one-trick pony

Malaria Control and Earth Day: are they compatible?

Clearly no one wants to argue against efforts to curb a deadly disease. The question is whether the approaches to doing so have any negative consequences that can be easily ameliorated. Vector control gets the most attention. One concern is the plastic bagging in which long-lasting insecticide treated nets are packaged. Rwanda, which has outlawed… Continue reading Malaria Control and Earth Day: are they compatible?

Modeling Malaria – getting a handle on vectors

Models represent reality but the closer they come to reality, they better they are at helping us plan.  A session at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene yesterday addressed the modeling process for vector control. VECNet is developing the capacity to take data from multiple sources to tailor vector populations and behavior to… Continue reading Modeling Malaria – getting a handle on vectors

What do we know about larvicides?

In SciDec.net we read that, “Cuba has announced plans to build biolarvicide factories in Brazil and several African countries in a bid to tackle malaria and dengue fever.” The move is based on apparent successes of efforts such as those in Angola where the Director-general of Labiofam says that, “Angola, for instance, has reduced malaria… Continue reading What do we know about larvicides?

Malaria – tis the season

In many parts of the tropical world malaria is seasonal, depending in large part upon rains.  If taken into account, seasonality can allow malaria program managers to plan better to serve different areas of their countries.  There are areas where a dry season or colder weather may appear to put a stop to transmission completely,… Continue reading Malaria – tis the season

Ghana’s private sector support against malaria

Last week we highlighted the global role of the private sector in malaria control. Today we share some specific country level examples from Ghana. For the past few years AngloGold Ashanti has been operating a successful pilot indoor residual spray (IRS) program in Obuasi District.  The project reported downward trends in hospital attendance and admission… Continue reading Ghana’s private sector support against malaria

Malaria and World Water Day

Greetings on World Water Day, which interestingly is taking place just about one month before World Malaria Day. The theme for the upcoming World Malaria Day focuses on malaria’s lack of respect for borders, and the challenge of guaranteeing and preserving safe water supplies also cuts across national boundaries. The connection between water and the… Continue reading Malaria and World Water Day