- Marcel Hommel, University of Liverpool
- Elizabeth Ashley, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
- Ulrike Fillinger, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Simon Hay, SEEG, University of Oxford
- Caroline Jones, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Didier Leroy, Medicines for Malaria Venture
- Marcel Tanner, Swiss Tropical Institute
ResearchThe study confirms that Anopheles culicifacies has adapted to breed in a wide range of water bodies, including waste water collections. Since the majority of mosquitoes sampled belong to sibling species E, this may adversely affect the current malaria elimination programme and new strategies need to be adopted to control malaria vectors breeding in these unusual breeding habitats in Sri Lanka.
ResearchA timely study given the current high level of interest and investment in the search for new drugs with activity against gametocytes. The technical challenges involved in producing gametocytes and a lack of suitable assay systems has limited progress in this area. The authors use a combination of methods from existing gametocyte production protocols to put together a standardized and validated gametocyte production methodology.
ResearchMyanmar is one of the 31 highest burden malaria countries worldwide. Scaling up the appropriate use of insecticide-treated nets is a national policy for malaria prevention and control. However, the programme covers only a small portion of the area due military conflict in the region. This study investigated the extent to which bed nets were used and which factors influence bed net use and maintenance among the population of northeastern Myanmar.
ResearchA cluster, randomized, control trial of three dry-season rounds of a mass testing and treatment intervention using rapid diagnostic tests and artemether-lumefantrine was conducted in four districts in Southern Province, Zambia. Although the intervention appears to be highly cost-effective, it was estimated that population-wide mass drug administration was likely to be even more cost-effective for burden reduction.
ResearchUnderstanding the potential impact of insecticide resistance on malaria vector control requires a more quantitative measure of the strength or intensity of this resistance than currently used to interpret the possible impact of resistance on vector control activities. Each method tested had different benefits and challenges and agreement on a common methodology would be beneficial so that data are generated in a standardized format.
ResearchContinuous molecular and clinical surveillance are of paramount importance. Since the introduction of artemether-lumefantrine southwest Ethiopia in 2006, the prevalence of certain SNPs associated with AL use (pfcrt, pfmdr 1and pfATP 6) has increased and markers for chloroquine resistance in P. vivax have become frequent. No mutation at codon 476 of the kelch propeller gene were found.
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