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Every day is Malaria Day

April 25th marks World Malaria Day, a day to focus on the plight caused by malaria and also the efforts made to control the disease. However, every day is malaria day for half the world, as the disease is a part of their everyday lives. Likewise, for the scientists and organisations working to control and eliminate the disease, malaria is an everyday nemesis. The Every Day is Malaria Day series features some of the research carried out every day around the world on malaria.

  1. Research Article

    Knowledge, perception and practices about malaria, climate change, livelihoods and food security among rural communities of central Tanzania

    Understanding the interactions between malaria and agriculture in Tanzania is of particular significance when considering that they are the major sources of illness and livelihoods. The objective of this study...

    Benjamin K Mayala, Carolyn A Fahey, Dorothy Wei, Maria M Zinga, Veneranda M Bwana, Tabitha Mlacha, Susan F Rumisha, Grades Stanley, Elizabeth H Shayo and Leonard EG Mboera

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2015 4:21

    Published on: 24 April 2015

  2. Research Article

    Prevalence and risk factors associated with malaria infection among pregnant women in a semi-urban community of north-western Nigeria

    Malaria during pregnancy remains a serious public health problem, with substantial risks for the mother, her foetus and the newborn. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of malaria and possibl...

    Sani Abdullahi Fana, Mohammed Danladi Abubakar Bunza, Sule Aliyu Anka, Asiya Umar Imam and Shehu Usman Nataala

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2015 4:24

    Published on: 24 April 2015

  3. Research

    Malaria vectors resistance to insecticides in Benin: current trends and mechanisms involved

    Insecticides are widely used to control malaria vectors and have significantly contributed to the reduction of malaria-caused mortality. In addition, the same classes of insecticides were widely introduced and...

    Virgile Gnanguenon, Fiacre R Agossa, Kefilath Badirou, Renaud Govoetchan, Rodrigue Anagonou, Fredéric Oke-Agbo, Roseric Azondekon, Ramziath AgbanrinYoussouf, Roseline Attolou, Filemon T Tokponnon, Rock Aïkpon, Razaki Ossè and Martin C Akogbeto

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:223

    Published on: 12 April 2015

  4. Research

    Role of underappreciated vectors in malaria transmission in an endemic region of Bangladesh-India border

    Despite the efforts of the National Malaria Control Programme, malaria remains as an important public health problem in Bangladesh, particularly in the south-eastern region bordering India. Successful malaria ...

    Hasan Mohammad Al-Amin, Rubayet Elahi, Abu Naser Mohon, Mohammad Abdullah Heel Kafi, Sumit Chakma, Jennifer S Lord, Wasif A Khan, Rashidul Haque, Douglas E Norris and Mohammad Shafiul Alam

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:195

    Published on: 1 April 2015

  5. Research article

    Mass campaigns with antimalarial drugs: a modelling comparison of artemether-lumefantrine and DHA-piperaquine with and without primaquine as tools for malaria control and elimination

    Antimalarial drugs are a powerful tool for malaria control and elimination. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) can reduce transmission when widely distributed in a campaign setting. Modelling mass ...

    Jaline Gerardin, Philip Eckhoff and Edward A Wenger

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2015 15:144

    Published on: 22 March 2015

  6. Research

    Discovery of an oviposition attractant for gravid malaria vectors of the Anopheles gambiae species complex

    New strategies are needed to manage malaria vector populations that resist insecticides and bite outdoors. This study describes a breakthrough in developing ‘attract and kill’ strategies targeting gravid femal...

    Jenny M Lindh, Michael N Okal, Manuela Herrera-Varela, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson, Baldwyn Torto, Steven W Lindsay and Ulrike Fillinger

    Malaria Journal 2015 14:119

    Published on: 20 March 2015

  7. Research

    Spatio-temporal analysis of malaria vectors in national malaria surveillance sites in China

    To reveal the spatio-temporal distribution of malaria vectors in the national malaria surveillance sites from 2005 to 2010 and provide reference for the current National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) in...

    Ji-Xia Huang, Zhi-Gui Xia, Shui-Sen Zhou, Xiao-Jun Pu, Mao-Gui Hu, Da-Cang Huang, Zhou-Peng Ren, Shao-Sen Zhang, Man-ni Yang, Duo-Quan Wang and Jin-Feng Wang

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:146

    Published on: 7 March 2015

  8. Research

    Field evaluation of synthetic lure (3-methyl-1-butanol) when compared to non odor-baited control in capturing Anopheles mosquitoes in varying land-use sites in Madagascar

    Malaria is the 4th largest cause of mortality in Madagascar. To better understand malaria transmission dynamics, it is crucial to map the distribution of the malaria vectors, mosquitoes belonging to the genus Ano...

    Sarah Zohdy, Kristin Derfus, Mbolatiana Tovo Andrianjafy, Patricia C Wright and Thomas R Gillespie

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:145

    Published on: 7 March 2015

  9. Research

    G6PD gene variants and its association with malaria in a Sri Lankan population

    Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) is an enzyme that plays an important role in many cellular functions. Deficiency of this enzyme results from point mutations in the coding region of the G6PD gene. G6PD...

    Rajika L Dewasurendra, Kirk A Rockett, S Deepika Fernando, Richard Carter, Dominic P Kwiatkowski and Nadira D Karunaweera

    Malaria Journal 2015 14:93

    Published on: 22 February 2015

  10. Research

    Epidemiology of forest malaria in Central Vietnam: the hidden parasite reservoir

    After successfully reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels over the past two decades, the national malaria programme in Vietnam has recently switched from control to elimination. However, in fore...

    Pham Vinh Thanh, Nguyen Van Hong, Nguyen Van Van, Carine Van Malderen, Valérie Obsomer, Anna Rosanas-Urgell, Koen Peeters Grietens, Nguyen Xuan Xa, Germana Bancone, Nongnud Chowwiwat, Tran Thanh Duong, Umberto D’Alessandro, Niko Speybroeck and Annette Erhart

    Malaria Journal 2015 14:86

    Published on: 19 February 2015

  11. Research

    Re-examining environmental correlates of Plasmodium falciparum malaria endemicity: a data-intensive variable selection approach

    Malaria risk maps play an increasingly important role in disease control planning, implementation, and evaluation. The construction of these maps using modern geospatial techniques relies on covariate grids: c...

    Daniel J Weiss, Bonnie Mappin, Ursula Dalrymple, Samir Bhatt, Ewan Cameron, Simon I Hay and Peter W Gething

    Malaria Journal 2015 14:68

    Published on: 7 February 2015

  12. Research

    Biting behaviour of African malaria vectors: 1. where do the main vector species bite on the human body?

    Malaria control in Africa relies heavily on indoor vector management, primarily indoor residual spraying and insecticide treated bed nets. Little is known about outdoor biting behaviour or even the dynamics of...

    Leo Braack, Richard Hunt, Lizette L Koekemoer, Anton Gericke, Givemore Munhenga, Andrew D Haddow, Piet Becker, Michael Okia, Isaac Kimera and Maureen Coetzee

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:76

    Published on: 4 February 2015

  13. Research article

    Phenotypic profiling of CD8+ T cells during Plasmodium vivax blood-stage infection

    For a long time, the role of CD8+ T cells in blood-stage malaria was not considered important because erythrocytes do not express major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I proteins. While recent evidences su...

    Natália Satchiko Hojo-Souza, Dhelio Batista Pereira, Lívia Silva Araújo Passos, Pedro Henrique Gazzinelli-Guimarães, Mariana Santos Cardoso, Mauro Shugiro Tada, Graziela Maria Zanini, Daniella Castanheira Bartholomeu, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara and Lilian Lacerda Bueno

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2015 15:35

    Published on: 31 January 2015

  14. Research

    Targeting educational campaigns for prevention of malaria and dengue fever: an assessment in Thailand

    The current study assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of at-risk populations for malaria and/or dengue fever in relation to mosquito exposure and household mosquito control practices. Specif...

    Macy Brusich, John Grieco, Naomi Penney, Rungarun Tisgratog, Wanapa Ritthison, Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap and Nicole Achee

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:43

    Published on: 23 January 2015

  15. Research

    Mapping hotspots of malaria transmission from pre-existing hydrology, geology and geomorphology data in the pre-elimination context of Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania

    Larval source management strategies can play an important role in malaria elimination programmes, especially for tackling outdoor biting species and for eliminating parasite and vector populations when they ar...

    Andrew Hardy, Zawadi Mageni, Stefan Dongus, Gerry Killeen, Mark G Macklin, Silas Majambare, Abdullah Ali, Mwinyi Msellem, Abdul-Wahiyd Al-Mafazy, Mark Smith and Chris Thomas

    Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:41

    Published on: 22 January 2015

  16. Review

    The duration of Plasmodium falciparum infections

    Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium ovale are often considered the malaria parasites best adapted to long-term survival in the human host because of their latent exo-erythrocytic forms. The prevailing opinion until t...

    Elizabeth A Ashley and Nicholas J White

    Malaria Journal 2014 13:500

    Published on: 16 December 2014

  17. Research

    Capacity of mosquitoes to transmit malaria depends on larval environment

    Adult traits of holometabolous insects such as reproduction and survival can be shaped by conditions experienced during larval development. These “carry-over” effects influence not only individual life history...

    Lillian L Moller-Jacobs, Courtney C Murdock and Matthew B Thomas

    Parasites & Vectors 2014 7:593

    Published on: 14 December 2014

  18. Research article

    Dynamics of Plasmodium falciparium and Plasmodium vivaxin a micro-ecological setting, Southwest Ethiopia: effects of altitude and proximity to a dam

    Refining the spatial and temporal data on malaria transmissions at a defined ecological setting has practical implications for targeted malaria control and enhancing efficient allocation of resources. Spatial ...

    Lelisa Sena, Wakgari Deressa and Ahmed Ali

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014 14:625

    Published on: 19 November 2014

  19. Research article

    Prevalence and risk factors for Plasmodium falciparum malaria in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)

    Malaria during pregnancy remains a serious public health problem. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and possible risk factors for malaria in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at two...

    Mamoudou Cisse, Ibrahim Sangare, Guekoun Lougue, Sanata Bamba, Dramane Bayane and Robert Tinga Guiguemde

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014 14:631

    Published on: 19 November 2014

  20. Research

    Fishing with bed nets on Lake Tanganyika: a randomized survey

    Malaria is among the most common causes of death along Lake Tanganyika, a problem which many aid organizations have attempted to combat through the distribution of free mosquito bed nets to high-risk communiti...

    Kate A McLean, Aisha Byanaku, Augustine Kubikonse, Vincent Tshowe, Said Katensi and Amy G Lehman

    Malaria Journal 2014 13:395

    Published on: 7 October 2014

  21. Research article

    The distribution of incubation and relapse times in experimental human infections with the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax

    The distributions of incubation and relapse periods are key components of infectious disease models for the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax; however, detailed distributions based upon experimental data are lack...

    Andrew A Lover, Xiahong Zhao, Zheng Gao, Richard J Coker and Alex R Cook

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014 14:539

    Published on: 4 October 2014

  22. Scoping Review

    Impact of community-based interventions for the prevention and control of malaria on intervention coverage and health outcomes for the prevention and control of malaria

    In this paper, we aim to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based interventions (CBIs) for the prevention and management of malaria. We conducted a systematic review and identified 42 studies for inclusio...

    Rehana A Salam, Jai K Das, Zohra S Lassi and Zulfiqar A Bhutta

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014 3:25

    Published on: 1 August 2014

  23. Research

    Mind the gaps - the epidemiology of poor-quality anti-malarials in the malarious world - analysis of the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network database

    Poor quality medicines threaten the lives of millions of patients and are alarmingly common in many parts of the world. Nevertheless, the global extent of the problem remains unknown. Accurate estimates of the...

    Patricia Tabernero, Facundo M Fernández, Michael Green, Philippe J Guerin and Paul N Newton

    Malaria Journal 2014 13:139

    Published on: 8 April 2014

  24. Research

    Integrating rapid risk mapping and mobile phone call record data for strategic malaria elimination planning

    As successful malaria control programmes re-orientate towards elimination, the identification of transmission foci, targeting of attack measures to high-risk areas and management of importation risk become hig...

    Andrew J Tatem, Zhuojie Huang, Clothilde Narib, Udayan Kumar, Deepika Kandula, Deepa K Pindolia, David L Smith, Justin M Cohen, Bonita Graupe, Petrina Uusiku and Christopher Lourenço

    Malaria Journal 2014 13:52

    Published on: 10 February 2014

  25. Scoping Review

    Control of malaria and other vector-borne protozoan diseases in the tropics: enduring challenges despite considerable progress and achievements

    Vector-borne protozoan diseases represent a serious public health challenge, especially in the tropics where poverty together with vector-favorable climates are the aggravating factors. Each of the various str...

    Denis Zofou, Raymond B Nyasa, Dickson S Nsagha, Fidele Ntie-Kang, Henry D Meriki, Jules Clement N Assob and Victor Kuete

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014 3:1

    Published on: 8 January 2014

  26. Scoping Review

    Scaling up impact of malaria control programmes: a tale of events in Sub-Saharan Africa and People’s Republic of China

    This review aims at providing synthetic information with scientific evidence on the trends in the malaria events from 1960 to 2011, with the hope that it will help policy makers to take informed decisions on p...

    Ernest Tambo, Ahmed Adebowale Adedeji, Fang Huang, Jun-Hu Chen, Shui-Sen Zhou and Ling-Hua Tang

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:7

    Published on: 1 November 2012