Dr Xavier Fernàndez Busquets is the Head of the Nanomalaria Joint Unit at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). After a couple of postdoctoral fellows, in 2001 he obtained a Ramón y Cajal grant to start his research on Nanomedicine. Some years later, his research aims moved towards applying nanotechnology to fight malaria.
Dr Miriam K Laufer and Dr Lauren M Cohee are paediatric infectious disease specialists based at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, with a primary research interest in malaria and global child health. In this interview, they shared their knowledge and experience around novel chemoprevention strategies for malaria, focusing on school-based malaria interventions.
Prof Clara Menéndez is the Director of the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative and Programme at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). She has devoted most of her career to describing key determinants of maternal newborn and reproductive health problems and to design and test new interventions. We asked her some questions about her research interests and the projects she is involved with nowadays.
Meet the women who are changing the gender narrative in malaria science. During a thought-provoking conversation between MESA and the “Women In Malaria Initiative” (WiM) we take a closer look at the current realities of women working in malaria science.
Do you want to know more about the MESA Correspondents program? How it works, which is the task of the Correspondents, how to apply... Find all the answers to these questions and some insights into the program in this blog, cross-posted on the MESA website, the Keystone Symposia website and MalariaWorld.
Solomon and Maya will be the MESA Correspondents that will cover the science and discussions from the Keystone Symposia conference "The Malaria Endgame", which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 30 - November 2, 2019. Summaries will be posted online on the Keystone Symposia Keypoint Blog, the MESA Correspondents page and on MalariaWorld.
Nathalie Amvongo Adjia, Joanna Furnival-Adams, Teresia Njoroge and Trizah Koyi are the four MESA Correspondents that will cover the science and discussions from the 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference, which will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on September 23rd - 25th, 2019. Summaries will be posted online on the conference website, the MESA Correspondents page and on MalariaWorld.
The WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme) was created in 2016 to advise the WHO on future scenarios for malaria, including whether eradication was feasible. Over three years, the members of the SAGme have analysed past trends and reviewed future projections of the factors and determinants that underpin malaria. The executive summary sets out the key conclusions and recommendations developed over three-years.
On 22nd May 2019, Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years.
On April 23rd, the Government of Malawi launched the world’s first malaria vaccine pilot programme. Together with Ghana and Kenya, which will also introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks, the RTS,S vaccine will be made available to children up to 2 years of age, testing a new promising tool to be added to the already existing tools in an effort to get the malaria response back on track.
WHO is undertaking a consultative process to solicit inputs into a prioritization framework for the research and development (R&D) of malaria health products. A draft report “Analysis of Malaria R&D Priorities” identifies five key challenges that represent threats or barriers to achieving the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 goals. This early copy of the report is being shared at a time when WHO is exploring how best to guide and support the development of priority solutions to meet public health needs.