The Malaria Fighter

New York Times | October 20, 2014

After a knee-to-knee chat with this hamlet's chief in the local malaria clinic as rain hammered the tin roof, Rear Adm. R. Timothy Ziemer reached into his pocket for his usual thank-you gift. The clinic was well run, and there was a big turnout of mothers grateful for the free mosquito nets. Accepting the thick gold-colored coin with President Obama's face on it, the chief looked as thrilled as if he had won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "They're not official," Admiral Ziemer confessed later in an interview. "I buy them in a souvenir shop in the Reagan office building for $4.50 each."

The moment illustrates how this 67-year-old retired Navy flier who is the coordinator of the President's Malaria Initiative gets things done: on the ground, with little cash and less fanfare, in faraway African and Asian villages. Although he does nothing to court publicity in status-obsessed Washington, many malaria fighters call him one of the most quietly effective leaders in public health.
more »

Efficacy of intravenous methylene blue, intravenous artesunate, and their combination in preclinical models of malaria

Intravenous artesunate (IV AS) is the present treatment of choice for severe malaria, but development of artemisinin resistance indicates that a further agent will be needed.

How Malaria Has Shaped The Human Genome

Research by an international consortium that includes members from The University of Western Australia (UWA) has found that small genetic changes result in improved survival against malaria, and that children carrying these genes have a better chance of passing them on.

Sri Lanka achieves great success with the elimination of malaria

Malaria in Sri Lanka has been dramatically reduced over the past decade.


Orphan Drugs vs Orphan People

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century". 

Malaria fight hurt by flimsy anti-DDT research

Last year, Prof Henk Bouwman of North-West University and co-authors published a paper in a respectable journal, Environmental Research, claiming that DDT spraying led to thinning of bird eggshells.

Press Release: DDT research paper exposed as "biased and erroneous"

The environmental science journal Environmental Research has published an article by nine malaria experts exposing major errors in a research paper on DDT and bird eggshells.

Wipe out malaria by wiping out worst poverty

In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria.

Response to "DDT's pesky proponents," by Mara Kardas-Nelson

Al Jazeera's report by Mara Kardas-Nelson (DDT's pesky proponents Apr. 21, 2014) rakes over old ground and is replete with misstatements and falsehoods.

Read more »


The dawn of a new era for malaria elimination

A new parliamentary report proposes the possibility of eliminating malaria within a generation - but only if the UK continues to lead the way

Tuberculosis could surpass malaria as main killer disease in Uganda

A ministry of health report reveals that cases of tuberculosis are on the rise and there are fears that the disease could soon surpass malaria as the leading disease killing Ugandans.

Text message service aids malaria care

A mobile phone text message reminder service has proved to be a successful way of ensuring health workers stick to new protocols for malaria in Papua New Guinea.

Malaria Study Raises Evolutionary Questions

A study of genetic variants associated with cases of severe malaria has successfully integrated data from almost 30,000 participants across multiple locations in Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Plagues on the Poor: What Ebola Can Learn From Malaria

If the U.S. spent more money on disease prevention and clinics—and less on vaccines and drugs—everyone in the world would stand to benefit.

Read more »

Research & Policies

Fishing with bed nets on Lake Tanganyika: a randomized survey

Malaria is among the most common causes of death along Lake Tanganyika, a problem which many aid organizations have attempted to combat through the distribution of free mosquito bed nets to high-risk communities.

Experimental hut and bioassay evaluation of the residual activity of a polymer-enhanced suspension concentrate (SC-PE) formulation of deltamethrin for IRS use in the control of Anopheles arabiensis

There is a limited range of alternative insecticides for IRS, and deltamethrin SC-PE is likely to have an important role as part of a rotation strategy with one or more different insecticide classes rotated annually.

Return of Widespread Chloroquine-Sensitive Plasmodium falciparum to Malawi

The return of chloroquine-sensitive Plasmodium falciparumto the limited area of Blantyre, Malawi, has been well demonstrated in several studies.

Insecticide-treated nets ownership and utilization among under-five children following the 2010 mass distribution in Burkina Faso

Ownership rates were high, but real access to bed nets remained limited.

Prevalence of asymptomatic malaria and bed net ownership and use in Bhutan, 2013: a country earmarked for malaria elimination

With high coverage and regular use of LLINs, and a zero prevalence of malaria infection found in historically high-risk communities during the peak malaria season, it appears Bhutan is on course to achieve malaria elimination.

Read more »