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News archive: 2014

Poster on Mobile and Migrant Populations in Thailand's Cambodia and Myanmar Border Areas

November 2014
Description: This poster by the Malaria Consortium shows the results of a questionnaire survey conducted among migrants attending malaria clinics and border malaria posts in artemisinin resistance areas in September 2013. The survey was conducted to identify malaria knowledge, prevention behavior, and treatment-seeking behavior of migrants. This poster was presented at the 63rd annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on 3-6 November 2014 and at the Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting on 2-4 December 2014.
To view the poster click here.

AMI/RAVREDA Guyana Shield Follow-Up Meeting

November 11-13, 2014
Location: Paramaribo, Suriname
Description: This meeting will be organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) with support from the Drug Resistance and Containment Unit of the WHO Global Malaria Programme (GMP).

The meeting's objectives are to:

  • discuss updates from the ongoing therapeutic efficacy trials in Guyana and Suriname and other activities proposed during previous meetings;
  • discuss ways to mitigate key challenges that contribute to the development of artemisinin resistance; and,
  • obtain country and stakeholder feedback on the "Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment and Elimination in South America" draft.
GMAP2 Country Consultation Took Place in Peru

October 2014
Location: Peru
Description: The Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) hosted the country consultation on the Second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the years 2016-2025. The consultation meeting was organized together with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and NAMRU-6.

During the multi-sectoral meeting, discussions focused on challenges and opportunities for malaria control in a post-2015 era following the Millennium Development Goals. The results will be taken together with the results from a regional consultation meeting carried out last April to develop a Global Malaria Action Plan that also responds to the situation in countries of the Americas region. The final version of the GMAP2 will be presented in October 2015. Click here to read the country consultation report in Spanish.

WHO Policy Brief on Malaria Diagnostics in Low-transmission Settings

September 2014
Read more here.

Harvard University and Fiocruz Institute Sponsor a Malaria Research Course and Workshop from November 16-21, 2014

August 29, 2014
Description: Harvard's Defeating Malaria initiative has teamed up with collaborators in Brazil to organize a course entitled "Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field." The workshop will occur from November 16-18, and the course will take place from November 16-21 in Porto Velho, Brazil and environs. Graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows from academic institutions in Brazil and Latin America can apply to participate here.

News Release: Advancing efforts in malaria control and protecting indigenous peoples in the Americas

August 7, 2014
Description: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and partners of the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) join other actors in observing the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9, 2014, which this year focuses on "Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples." Although PAHO data shows that the number of malaria cases declined by 60% in the region of the Americas from 2001-2012, indigenous or Amerindian peoples experience an unequal share of the remaining burden of disease. Along with highly mobile groups such as gold miners and migrant workers, indigenous communities tend to face a higher malaria risk due to remoteness, living conditions, and inadequate health services. Official data shows that although indigenous ethnicities make up only 10% of the total population in both Guyana and Panama, 30% of Guyana's and 89% of Panama's confirmed cases of malaria occurred among indigenous populations in 2013. In addition, while indigenous peoples make up roughly 8% of the total Nicaraguan population, they account for around 27% of all malaria cases. Read more

Deadline to submit nominations for Malaria Champions 2014 is Monday, June 23, 2014
Description: Building on the World Health Day 2014 campaign, which focused on vector-borne diseases, this year's Malaria Champions of the Americas contest will recognize initiatives that integrate malaria interventions with other efforts against vector-borne diseases and that demonstrate successful achievement of targets in both. Nominations will be evaluated based on demonstrated achievements in capacity building, innovation, collaboration and impact. Read more.

XIII AMI/RAVREDA Annual Evaluation Meeting and XXV AMI/RAVREDA Steering Committee Meeting

March 10-14, 2014
Location: Nicaragua
Description: The Amazon Malaria Initiative is a multi-pronged effort led by a Steering Committee composed of representatives of participating countries’ ministries of health, as well as the initiative’s international technical partners. This structure allows for shared management and coordination among governments from across the Americas, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and other technical partners such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), U. S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), and Links Media.

Workshop to present a study on anti­malarial access and use in gold
mining areas

February 26, 2014
Location: Suriname
Description: Amazon Malaria Initiative partner MSH has concluded a knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) study to assess antimalarial access and use in Suriname gold mining areas, which will be discussed at this one-day workshop co-hosted together with PAHO. The workshop will also seek to design a strategy to confront issues that have been identified.

Criteria for Planning and Distributing Medicines in Areas with a Low Incidence of Malaria

USAID SIAPS (February 12, 2014)
Description: Since 2011, the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI), working through one of its partners—SIAPS Program—has been advocating for adjustments to the criteria used for planning purchases and distribution of antimalarial supplies in low-incidence countries and locales. Read more.

The Status of Antimalarial Medicine Supply Chain Management in the Amazon basin and Central American countries, 2012

USAID SIAPS (February 12, 2014)
Description: This technical report brings together and updates information about the status of supply chain management for antimalarial drugs in Amazon basin countries, as well as in two Central American countries during 2012. In Spanish.

WHO issues new report on artemisinin resistance

January 20, 2014
Location: Peru
Description: In January 2014, the World Health Organization issued an updated report on the status of artemisinin resistance. Read more.

  • Poster on Mobile and Migrant Populations in Thailand's Cambodia and Myanmar Border Areas
  • AMI/RAVREDA Guyana Shield Follow-up Meeting
  • GMAP2 Country Consultation Took Place in Peru
  • WHO Policy Brief on Malaria Diagnostics in Low-transmission Settings
  • Harvard University and Fiocruz Institute Sponsor a Malaria Research Course and Workshop from November 16-21, 2014
  • News Release: Advancing efforts in malaria control and protecting indigenous peoples in the Americas
  • Deadline to submit nominations for Malaria Champions 2014 is Monday, June 23, 2014
  • XIII AMI/RAVREDA Annual Evaluation Meeting and XXV AMI/RAVREDA Steering Committee Meeting
  • Workshop to present a study on anti­malarial access and use in gold mining areas
  • Criteria for Planning and Distributing Medicines in Areas with a Low Incidence of Malaria
  • The Status of Antimalarial Medicine Supply Chain Management in the Amazon basin and Central American countries, 2012
  • WHO issues new report on artemisinin resistance

November 2014
Description: This poster by the Malaria Consortium shows the results of a questionnaire survey conducted among migrants attending malaria clinics and border malaria posts in artemisinin resistance areas in September 2013. The survey was conducted to identify malaria knowledge, prevention behavior, and treatment-seeking behavior of migrants. This poster was presented at the 63rd annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on 3-6 November 2014 and at the Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting on 2-4 December 2014.
To view the poster click here.

November 11-13, 2014
Location: Paramaribo, Suriname
Description: This meeting will be organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) with support from the Drug Resistance and Containment Unit of the WHO Global Malaria Programme (GMP).

The meeting's objectives are to:

  • discuss updates from the ongoing therapeutic efficacy trials in Guyana and Suriname and other activities proposed during previous meetings;
  • discuss ways to mitigate key challenges that contribute to the development of artemisinin resistance; and,
  • obtain country and stakeholder feedback on the "Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment and Elimination in South America" draft.

October 2014
Location: Peru
Description: The Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) hosted the country consultation on the Second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the years 2016-2025. The consultation meeting was organized together with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and NAMRU-6.

During the multi-sectoral meeting, discussions focused on challenges and opportunities for malaria control in a post-2015 era following the Millennium Development Goals. The results will be taken together with the results from a regional consultation meeting carried out last April to develop a Global Malaria Action Plan that also responds to the situation in countries of the Americas region. The final version of the GMAP2 will be presented in October 2015. Click here to read the country consultation report in Spanish.

September 2014
Read more here.

August 29, 2014
Description: Harvard's Defeating Malaria initiative has teamed up with collaborators in Brazil to organize a course entitled "Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field." The workshop will occur from November 16-18, and the course will take place from November 16-21 in Porto Velho, Brazil and environs. Graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows from academic institutions in Brazil and Latin America can apply to participate here.

August 7, 2014
Description: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and partners of the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) join other actors in observing the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9, 2014, which this year focuses on "Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples." Although PAHO data shows that the number of malaria cases declined by 60% in the region of the Americas from 2001-2012, indigenous or Amerindian peoples experience an unequal share of the remaining burden of disease. Along with highly mobile groups such as gold miners and migrant workers, indigenous communities tend to face a higher malaria risk due to remoteness, living conditions, and inadequate health services. Official data shows that although indigenous ethnicities make up only 10% of the total population in both Guyana and Panama, 30% of Guyana's and 89% of Panama's confirmed cases of malaria occurred among indigenous populations in 2013. In addition, while indigenous peoples make up roughly 8% of the total Nicaraguan population, they account for around 27% of all malaria cases. Read more

Description: Building on the World Health Day 2014 campaign, which focused on vector-borne diseases, this year's Malaria Champions of the Americas contest will recognize initiatives that integrate malaria interventions with other efforts against vector-borne diseases and that demonstrate successful achievement of targets in both. Nominations will be evaluated based on demonstrated achievements in capacity building, innovation, collaboration and impact. Read more.

March 10-14, 2014
Location: Nicaragua
Description: The Amazon Malaria Initiative is a multi-pronged effort led by a Steering Committee composed of representatives of participating countries’ ministries of health, as well as the initiative’s international technical partners. This structure allows for shared management and coordination among governments from across the Americas, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and other technical partners such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), U. S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), and Links Media.

February 26, 2014
Location: Suriname
Description: Amazon Malaria Initiative partner MSH has concluded a knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) study to assess antimalarial access and use in Suriname gold mining areas, which will be discussed at this one-day workshop co-hosted together with PAHO. The workshop will also seek to design a strategy to confront issues that have been identified.

USAID SIAPS (February 12, 2014)
Description: Since 2011, the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI), working through one of its partners—SIAPS Program—has been advocating for adjustments to the criteria used for planning purchases and distribution of antimalarial supplies in low-incidence countries and locales. Read more.

USAID SIAPS (February 12, 2014)
Description: This technical report brings together and updates information about the status of supply chain management for antimalarial drugs in Amazon basin countries, as well as in two Central American countries during 2012. In Spanish.

January 20, 2014
Location: Peru
Description: In January 2014, the World Health Organization issued an updated report on the status of artemisinin resistance. Read more.

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