- Marcel Hommel, University of Liverpool
MethodologyThe paper looks at methods to analyse recurrent events correctly, as applied to malaria. This work compared four different approaches by analysing recurrent malaria episodes from a clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of three malaria treatments with continuous and discontinuous risk intervals..
ResearchThe study showed that most of the health facilities had basic infrastructure and equipment to perform malaria laboratory diagnosis. However, signiﬁcant gaps in services were observed, including with respect to continuous laboratory supplies, reagents, training and supportive supervision.
ReviewFor elimination strategies to be effective, limited disease transmission, achieved through rapid reduction in the infectious parasite reservoir and decreased gametocyte carriage, will be critical. In this systematic review of 62 articles published between 1998 and January 2014, the effects of AL on gametocyte carriage and malaria transmission are analysed.
ResearchInformation on the supply and demand side is of particular relevance given the efforts that are in place to ensure access to affordable ACT. The authors have used a recognized approach to provide timely information regarding the price and availability of specific anti-malarials, which will add to the growing evidence-base regarding access to affordable ACT in sub-Saharan countries.
ResearchA study about the relationship between ABO genotypes and malaria infection in pregnancy, particularly in the application of host blood group genotyping, and malaria PCR tests. It shows a clear protective effect of blood group O against malaria in primiparae, which may contribute to the high O allele frequencies in Africa.
ResearchA useful analysis of early blood-stage parasite dynamics in volunteers experimentally-infected with Plasmodium falciparum by mosquito bite.
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Malaria Journal is aimed at the scientific community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. It is the only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria and, as such, it aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialities involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside and to the field. Malaria Journal offers a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer-review; this is achieved by managing the whole of the publication process electronically, from submission to peer-review.
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