To coincide with World Malaria Day, we hosted a #DefeatMalaria blog series last month that highlights the work being done around the world to bring an end to this deadly, yet preventable and treatable, disease. Below is a round-up of stories from organizations working on behalf of millions to defeat malaria once and for all.
Photo: PATH/Hope Randall.
Making malaria history for everyone, everywhere
By Hope R., MACEPA, PATH
As a first-time traveler to Africa, Hope Randall wasn’t sure what to expect. Here, she shares her experience with the ever-present threat of malaria.
I believe in Tanzania!
By Troy M., PATH MalariaCare project
In the last ten years, Tanzania has halved the prevalence of malaria among young children! Troy Martin discusses what’s worked and what can be improved as Tanzania continues to roll back malaria.
Investing in the future and defeating malaria in the Asia Pacific
By Brittany Z., Malaria Elimination Initiative, UCSF
Brittany Zelman highlights successes and challenges in the the last mile toward malaria elimination for Bhutan, Republic of Korea, and Sri Lanka, and explains why surveillance of new cases will be key.
Photo: Friends Africa.
How governments can help in the fight against vector-borne disease
By Akudo I., Friends Africa
Akudo Ikemba discusses local health advocacy efforts to fight malaria and the role that national governments (and Nollywood stars!) can play against vector-borne diseases.
Our goal: defeat malaria forever
By Kent C. and Bindiya P., PATH
Kent Campbell and Bindiya Patel discuss PATH’s multipronged approach against malaria and the reasons why the strategy doesn’t end at controlling the spread of the disease.
Photo: Malaria No More UK.
World Malaria Day: Malaria No More UK seeking your ideas
By James W., Malaria No More UK
An insider’s perspective from James Whiting on the very busy life of a malaria advocate during the month of April.
World Malaria Day 2014: The overlooked side of the global malaria fight
By Karen G., American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Karen Goraleski celebrates champions in the fight against malaria and offers their personal perspectives on big challenges and potential game changers in malaria research and development.
Tackling malaria overdiagnosis through interactive training
By Débora M., ACT Consortium
The results of a recent study showed that interactive training programmes for health workers could reduce overdiagnosis of malaria by half and, as Debora Miranda points out, help prevent valuable drugs from being wasted.
Learning to bite back
By Juliane C., Malaria MISSION
Taking lessons from the Global Malaria Eradication Plan of the 1960s, Juliana Chaccour describes a potential malaria control tool that could counter resistance and behavioral plasticity of vectors.
Photo: Speak Up Africa.
Zero Malaria! Count Me In!
By Yacine D., Speak Up Africa
Senegal’s progress toward reducing malaria mortality has been impressive, yet they aren’t stopping there. Yacine Djibo introduces a mass communication campaign intended to mobilize key malaria champions and empower leaders to commit to a malaria-free Senegal.
The #DefeatMalaria blog series was published between April 16-May 2, 2014.