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Malaria Elimination Sessions at ASTMH

The 64th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) is taking place 25 – 29 October 2015 in Philadelphia, USA.

Partners from across the malaria community will be sharing updates of their work.

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Alan Magill

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the MESA Alliance, we wanted to share our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Alan Magill.

Alan held a deep-rooted belief that humankind should and could defeat malaria. He made an extraordinary commitment towards realising this goal.

Alan believed in team work and used the term the 'malaria eradication ecosystem' to illustrate the value of multiple different partners in pulling together to end malaria. This, together with his smartness, gentle good heartedness and humbleness made Alan a dear colleague for many of us.

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Refreshing the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda

More than four years after the publication of the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA), which identified knowledge gaps and tools that will be needed to eradicate malaria, the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) is leading a consultative process to assess the progress made, examine current hypotheses and identify priority research areas in the next 5-10 years.

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Summary report of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting

The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) met for the seventh time on 5–7 March 2015. The document linked here provides a brief summary of the main discussion points and conclusions.

http://www.who.int/malaria/mpac/mar2015/en/

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ECTMIH 2015: special focus on malaria control & elimination from innovation to application

Malaria will feature as a key topic in the ECTMIH congress in Basel September 6-10. Topics will include: 
 

  • insecticide resistance
  • drug resistance
  • the importance of P.vivax
  • implementation science
  • drug delivery
  • vaccines

as well as cross-cutting sessions on malaria transmission and malaria elimination. 

Researchers are encouraged to submit there abstracts on line throug the ECTMIH website before Thursday, 9 April 2015. 

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Grand Challenges Explorations now accepting proposals, through May 13, 2015

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) has opened application Round 15, and proposals for the six topics listed below are being accepted online through May 13, 2015. 
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R&D for healthy futures: Five experts pick their top malaria paper from today

As Margaret Chan wrote in the World Malaria Report last year, "Each year, more people are being reached with core malaria interventions, and as a result, more lives are being saved".1 The progress has been phenomenal, however, our core interventions are threatened by emerging drug and insecticide resistance. Maintaining investment in R&D is essential to counter this threat and continue to drive down malaria deaths and infection.
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9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health

"Driving the Best Science to Meet Global Health Challenges" The 9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Basel, 6 - 10 September 2015. Registration and Call for Abstracts are now open. Submit your abstract until the 9th April 2015. 
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Operational research projects share findings with local stakeholders

Three MESA-funded projects in Cambodia, Kenya and Tanzania looked at what can be done to reduce efficacy decay of malaria interventions in different settings, and the feasibility of clearing parasites from asymptomatic people.
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Public Review of the 2nd Generation Global Malaria Action Plan 2016-2030 now open, until 18 March 2015

Public Review of the 2nd Generation Global Malaria Action Plan 2016-2030: Statement from David Brandling Bennett, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Bernard Nahlen, U.S Presidents Malaria Initiative; Co-Chairs of the GMAP2 Task Force
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MMV launch 13th call for proposals

MMV has launched a call for proposals
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Supporting the common goal of a malaria-free Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) publish joint report 'Supporting the common goal of a malaria-free Asia Pacific'.
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Call to share data on P.vivax for freely available tool

Cross-sectional surveys needed for P. vivax endemicity map update
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Brought to you by MESA: ASTMH webcasts on the 'Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and the Global Malaria Action Plan 2'

Thanks to the collaboration of ASTMH, ImageAV and presenters, MESA is sharing various webcasts from malaria elimination session at ASTMH in New Orleans. Click here to watch and listen to 'The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria & the Global Malaria Action Plan 2' session. Speakers include Pedro Alonso, Eric Mouzin, David Brandling-Bennett, Richard Cibulskis and discussion with the audience.

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Send your malaria stories to GMAP2

RBM invites the malaria community to get involved with shaping the second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2). GMAP2 will position malaria in the post-2015 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Guidance on temporary malaria control measures in Ebola-affected countries

Malaria is a prevalent cause of febrile illnesses in areas with high transmission, and its clinical presentation overlaps with initial signs of Ebola disease. For this reason, the effectiveness of the Ebola response in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone can be optimized through the deployment of targeted measures to reduce the number of fever cases due to malaria.
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ACT consortium summary of highlights from ASTMH

ACT Consortium research results were some of the highlights from this year's American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

For more see ACT Consortium website. http://actconsortium.org/news.php/87/astmh-2014-malaria-highlights

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MESA launches new website and knowledge management tools

In collaboration with MantaRay Media, MESA has developed a new website complete with accessible knowledge management tools.

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Bill Gates address at the House of Lords

On Monday 10 November Bill Gates will be making the case for aid to an audience made up of UK policy makers and leaders from British business, the media and scientific world – and you can be involved! Hosted by the Speaker of the House of Lords in the Queen’s Robing Room, Bill Gates will celebrate Britain’s historic role in international development, improving and saving the lives of millions. He will speak in particular about global immunisation, Ebola and his vision for eradicating the deadliest disease in human history – malaria.

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MESA on MalariaWorld

Dear Readers,

We are very excited to be connecting with you through MalariaWorld. The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance – MESA - will feature the ever growing evidence base in malaria elimination, from science, to lessons learned, and policy.