LSHTM Lecture on 'Malaria in school-age children: opportunities to improve health, learning, and reduce transmission'
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) would like to invite you to a free lecture titled 'Malaria in school-age children: Opportunities to improve health, learning, and reduce transmission'.
Date: September 27, 2022.
Location: Online (Zoom) or in-person at LSHTM, London, United Kingdom.
In June 2022, WHO published the consolidated guidelines for malaria; a package of new and updated recommendations across a number of technical areas – from malaria chemoprevention and mass drug administration to elimination. The guidelines encourage countries to tailor the recommendations to local disease settings for maximum impact.
LSHTM scientists have worked for decades on novel approaches to prevent malaria. A major focus has been chemoprevention – the use of malaria drugs to prevent infection and disease. Chemoprevention strategies work on the basis that a malaria treatment will clear any existing infections and prevent new infections for a period of time. Since the 1980s, researchers from the Malaria Centre have been investigating the use of medicines to prevent malaria among children living in the Sahel, where transmission is highly seasonal. This line of inquiry continues and led to Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) originally being recommended by WHO 10 years ago.
Since the 1990s LSHTM staff have also worked on intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp), recommended by WHO in 1998, and in infants (IPTi), recommended by WHO in 2010. All three recommendations were updated in June, drawing on evidence generated in part by LSHTM and its collaborators.
We are delighted to be hosting Dr Lauren Coehee, the first in a series of three this Autumn, as we discuss the latest recommendations and the implications on malaria prevention.
The lecture is free and open to all. No registration is required.
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