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‘Globally Coordinated Response’ Needed To Ensure New Tropical Disease Treatments, Innovations Reach All People

The Guardian: Nobel prize winners point the way in battle against diseases of poverty John Reeder, director of the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases; Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, WHO assistant director-general for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases; Bernard Pécoul, executive director at the Drugs for…

Antiparasitic Drug Ivermectin Shows Promise In Study As Malarial Preventive

News outlets report on an abstract presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, taking place in Philadelphia this week. BBC News: Nobel-winning drug ‘tackles malaria’ “A parasitic-worm-killing drug, whose discovery won the Nobel prize, may also cut cases of malaria, say researchers. Early…

WHO Experts Recommend Pilot Programs To Better Understand Use Of GSK’s Malaria Vaccine Among African Children

News outlets report on a WHO panel’s recommendation that GlaxoSmithKline’s RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate undergo further testing through pilot programs in Africa. CIDRAP News: WHO experts urge gradual rollout of malaria vaccine “World Health Organization (WHO) experts [Friday] urged further trials of GSK’s candidate malaria vaccine on the heels of…

WHO Strategy For Malaria ‘Sets Ambitious But Achievable Global Targets’

Tropical Health Matters: Eradication, Elimination: What is Feasible — WHO Global Malaria Program In his blog, formerly named “Malaria Matters,” Bill Brieger, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, presents a letter by Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, in which he “provide[s]…

Drug-Resistant Malaria Can Infect African Mosquitoes, Raising Risk Of Parasite Spreading Out Of Southeast Asia, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria could spread to Africa: study “A drug-resistant malaria parasite from southeast Asia can infect African mosquitoes, said a study Tuesday, boosting fears that a hard-to-cure variant of the disease could reach the world’s most vulnerable continent. … The study was published in the journal Nature Communications…”…