The Malaria Endgame: Innovation in Therapeutics, Vector Control and Public Health Tools

The conference is organized around three themes: defeating resistance (both to drugs and to insecticides), leveraging data science to better understand disease transmission and innovation in vector control strategies. This program will assess the current threats and gaps in our malaria armamentarium to enable malaria elimination and discuss the emerging innovative approaches for antimalarial drug discovery and development.

Multi-drug resistant malaria strain spreads in Vietnam, Laos and parts of Thailand

Malaria resistance has been found to have spread rapidly from Cambodia to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. Using genomic surveillance, researchers detected descendants of one multi-drug resistant malaria strain replacing local parasite populations in multiple countries.

Malaria Transmission in Madagascar: Study reveals new findings

A new study describes the application of effective mosquito surveillance using low-cost traps and a tool that tests each mosquito’s species, feeding material, and the presence of malaria parasites. The study also provides new information that may improve understanding of how malaria is transmitted and consequently could be controlled, including that the female Anopheles mosquitoes (the ones that transmit malaria) diets are more varied than previously assumed.

Long-term incidence of severe malaria following RTS,S/AS01 vaccination in children and infants in Africa: an open-label 3-year extension study of a phase 3 randomised controlled trial

The malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 is sustaining some efficacy up to seven years after vaccination, according to this study, which could potentially result in significant benefits to public health.