The quantification of parasite movements can provide valuable information for control strategy planning across all transmission intensities. Mobile parasite carrying individuals can instigate transmission in receptive areas, spread drug resistant strains and reduce the effectiveness of control strategies. The identification of mobile demographic groups, their routes of travel and how these movements connect differing transmission zones, potentially enables limited resources for interventions to be efficiently targeted over space, time and populations.
The global malaria medicine chest could be boosted with a new drug researched and developed in Africa. MMV390048, a drug compound developed in Africa to combat malaria, is expected to go on phase I clinical trials within the first six months of next year, delegates attending the 6th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African malaria conference in Durban, South Africa, were told early this month (8 October). The phase I trial in about 20 to 80 healthy volunteers will take place at the University of Cape Town's (UCT's) Groote Schuur Hospital.
The World Health Organization issued a warning on Thursday that emerging drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion could undo progress toward malaria control without urgent funding and action. Resistance to artemisinin, the front-line anti-malarial drug, was first confirmed on the Thailand-Cambodia border in 2008. The drug was also detected in Vietnam and Myanmar.
After service in the British SAS Regiment the author became a physician and then an orthopaedic surgeon.
He has held professorial positions in Canada, Vietnam and the United States, practiced and taught orthopaedic surgery in three continents and in several wars.
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