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UN adopts Resolution on Malaria Elimination at 68th General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly at its 68th Session, adopted Resolution A/68/L.60, "Consolidating Gains and Accelerating Efforts to Control and Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa, by 2015” by consensus.

An official statement issued in Accra and copied the Ghana News Agency said with just less than 500 days until the 2015 deadline of the MDGs, the adoption of this resolution by the General Assembly reiterates the commitment of UN Member States to keep malaria high on the international development agenda.

Recognising progress made through political leadership and a broad range of national and international actions to scale-up malaria control interventions, this annual resolution urges governments, United Nations agencies, and all stakeholders to work together to meet the targets set out in the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

View/download the Malaria Resolution A/68/L.60 here.

Read the full 11 September press release online at GhanaWeb here.


National news picks up on regional malaria elimination

Malaria elimination and regional challenges of drug-resistant malaria have been recently highlighted by two national newspapers in APMEN Country Partners Vietnam and Malaysia.

Vietnam News, the country's English language daily newspaper ran a feature article on August 6 to highlight the history and present dangers of drug-resistant malaria, and interviewed several researchers from the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE), and the Ho Chi Mihn City-based Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU). Read the full article online here.

The Star Malaysia newspaper published a full-page article entitled, 'Malaria Threatens' on August 10; originally written by Brier Dudley of The Seattle Times. In the feature article, the author talks predominantly about the importance of Myanmar as a "lynchpin" country in the region, and the Gates Foundation's US$2 billion initiative to fight malaria. Dudley writes, 'Eliminating the disease is one of the most ambitious projects the world’s largest philanthropy has undertaken." Read the original online article in The Seattle Times here.


Infographic: Fight The Fakes

Infographic: Fake Medicines and Malaria

Fight the Fakes is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. On September 8 they shared an Infographic called 'Fake Medicines and Malaria' which highlighted the dangers of fake antimalarials that can kill people unnecessarily instead of save them. 

View, download and share the infographic here


APMEN announces Bangladesh as new Country Partner

Bangladesh is the 16th Country Partner to join the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN).


Director of Disease Control in Bangladesh and Public Health and Infectious Disease Specialist, Professor Be-Nazir Ahmed, expressed his gratitude towards APMEN at the formalization of this important partnership, saying that it is another step forward for Bangladesh and the region to eliminate the disease. 

“Bangladesh is moving very quickly towards elimination after concerted national efforts to focus on malaria control,” Professor Be-Nazir said.  

“By joining APMEN, Bangladesh now has many windows of opportunities to learn from other eliminating countries in our region as we face similar challenges.”

Malaria remains endemic in 13 of the 64 districts in Bangladesh, and more than 13 million people are still at risk of the disease. Malaria control and elimination activities fall under the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The NMCP is aiming for malaria pre-elimination in four districts, with the goal of Bangladesh becoming malaria-free by 2020. 

Bangladesh, like many other APMEN Country Partners, face many challenges en route to its national elimination goal of 2020, namely  ensuring services  reach mobile populations in highly endemic districts such as the Jhum cultivators, and sustaining commitment by the government, communities and development partners to malaria control and elimination.

Read/download the full APMEN media release here.

Inauguration of Malaria-Free Town Program by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, the Honourable Mohammed Nasim, in Bandarban District Bangladesh 7 April (World Health Day) 2014


AAMI research uncovers 'sleeping beauties' of P. falciparum parasite

Dr Qin Cheng, Head of the Drug Resistance and Diagnostics Department at the Australian Army Malaria Institute, and colleagues have recently published findings on artemisinin-induced dormancy in Plasmodium falciparum in vitro in the latest Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy Journal issue.
Initial research from AAMI first discovered the dormancy phenomenon, where malaria parasites were observed to arrest their development after a short exposure to artemisinin derivatives and resume growth several days later. The dormant parasites were thought to be metabolically quiescent and not susceptible to antimalarial drugs , but recent work demonstrates that these dormant parasites are metabolically active although they have stopped growing and dividing.
The recrudescence of these “sleeping beauties” highlights an important biological phenomenon allowing parasites to survive drug pressure, and new avenues to interrupt dormancy recovery. These findings will help to reduce failure rates and increase efficacy of ART treatment.
"Artemisinin-induced dormancy enhances the survival of parasites following artemisinin treatment and is likely the mechanism for high rate of recrudescence observed prior to the emergence of artemisnin resistance," Dr Cheng said.

"Dormancy should also enhance the potential of parasites developing resistance to artemisnin drugs. More studies on this important phenomenon are underway."   
The full pdf version of this paper, Fatty acid synthesis and pyruvate metabolism pathways remain active in dihydroartemisinin induced dormant ring stages of Plasmodium falciparum, can be viewed/downloaded here.
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