Malaria News Today 2020-09-28/29: media involvement, NGOs, monitoring and research

A variety of malaria and related issues have arisen over the past two days. A media coalition for malaria elimination formed in Ghana. A Nigerian NGO stresses the importance of addressing malaria on Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day (October 1). An innovative technology foundation is supporting various malaria and NTD treatment and diagnostic research efforts. Click… Continue reading Malaria News Today 2020-09-28/29: media involvement, NGOs, monitoring and research

Reduction in malaria-attributable deaths following a rectal artesunate pre-referral treatment pilot in Burkina Faso, 2018

Ousmane Badolo,* Stanislas Nébié, Youssouf Sawadogo, Thierry Ouedraogo, Bonkoungou Moumouni, Mathurin Dodo, Lolade Oseni, Gladys Teteh, and William Brieger, presented a poster entitled, “Reduction in malaria-attributable deaths following a rectal artesunate pre-referral treatment pilot in Burkina Faso, 2018,” at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Background: In 2017,… Continue reading Reduction in malaria-attributable deaths following a rectal artesunate pre-referral treatment pilot in Burkina Faso, 2018

Nigeria’s 2018 Demographic and Health Survey: Malaria Situation

The Demographic and Health Survey for 2018 in Nigeria has released preliminary findings. These cover insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs), Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp), and treatment of children with Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapy (ACT). The key findings have been converted into graphs.  We can see that ITN ownership by a household (HH) is… Continue reading Nigeria’s 2018 Demographic and Health Survey: Malaria Situation

Zero Malaria Starts with Universal Coverage: Part 2 Preventive and Curative Treatments

April hosts several important global health days or observances. On World Health Day 2019 WHO stressed that, “Universal health coverage (UHC) is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.” Nationwide monitoring through the… Continue reading Zero Malaria Starts with Universal Coverage: Part 2 Preventive and Curative Treatments

Multilateral Initiative for Malaria: Posters Range from Prevention to Cost to E-Learning and Beyond

A major feature of all conferences are the poster sessions. These are often overlooked due to timing and placement. Fortunately at the recent 7th Multilateral Initiative for Malaria Conference in Dakar, tea breaks and lunch were made available in the poster tent ensuring more people came to view. Even so some people may have missed… Continue reading Multilateral Initiative for Malaria: Posters Range from Prevention to Cost to E-Learning and Beyond

Health Insurance, Malaria and Universal Coverage

World Health Day 2018 is promoting universal health coverage. National Health Insurance Schemes (NHIS) are seen as a way to foster universal health coverage by improving access to basic, life-saving care. In malaria-endemic countries, NHIS hopefully play a role in reducing malaria mortality. For example in Nepal, malaria was among the chronic and communicable illnesses… Continue reading Health Insurance, Malaria and Universal Coverage

Using rapid task analysis to strengthen Pre-Service Education (PSE) learning and performance of critical malaria interventions in Liberia

Understanding the tasks that health workers perform in real life can improve their basic Training. Marion Subah of MCSP and Jhpiego shares experiences in using Task Analysis to improve pre-service training of midwives and lab technicians in Liberia. Her findings summarized below, are presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine’s 66th Annual Meeting. Health… Continue reading Using rapid task analysis to strengthen Pre-Service Education (PSE) learning and performance of critical malaria interventions in Liberia

Liberia’s Fight against Malaria Continues

Liberia was making steady progress against malaria in the years after the civil war. Despite the devastation of Ebola, the health authorities have continued to push against malaria. The DHS Program has released key findings from the 2016 Malaria Information Survey. We have compared those against the 2011 MIS, and while there is progress, much… Continue reading Liberia’s Fight against Malaria Continues

Burundi: when will citizens see real protection from malaria?

Preliminary findings from Burundi’s 2015-16 DHS have been made available. The country has a long way to go to meet targets for basic control of malaria. LLIN availability by household is an overall disappointing 32%. Ironically there is greater coverage of households in in urban areas (50%) than rural (30%). There is also great variation… Continue reading Burundi: when will citizens see real protection from malaria?

World No Tobacco Day – except to make malaria drugs

May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day. The Theme for 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.” According to WHO, “Tobacco control has been enshrined in the Sustainable Development Agenda. It is seen as one of the most effective means to help achieve SDG target 3.4 of a one-third reduction globally, by 2030, of… Continue reading World No Tobacco Day – except to make malaria drugs