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World Malaria Day 2020

This year, the world has been dealing with a new disease - COVID-19 – which has reached pandemic level in such a short time. However, there is a disease that has been impacting us for thousands of years and on a global scale too – malaria.

Each year on April 25th, World Malaria Day draws attention to the impact of the disease and (re)urges us to find a way to overcome it once and for all. A key step towards malaria eradication is research, and BMC has highlighted some of the important articles published across our journals that may help us to do so. We would also like to invite you to join us for a tweetchat on Friday 24th April to discuss malaria prevention, eradication and intervention strategies.

Malaria articles published at BMC

New Content Item (1)Malaria Journal is dedicated entirely to the publication of malaria articles - ranging from the molecular scale to the global perspective. For World Malaria Day, we have highlighted a diverse sample of articles published in the journal recently.

An in vitro toolbox to accelerate anti-malarial drug discovery and development

Molecular methods for tracking residual Plasmodium falciparum transmission in a close-to-elimination setting in Zanzibar

Clinical and laboratory features associated with serum phosphate concentrations in malaria and other febrile illnesses

Applied mathematical modelling to inform national malaria policies, strategies and operations in Tanzania

The response of Plasmodium falciparum to isoleucine withdrawal is dependent on the stage of progression through the intraerythrocytic cell cycle

Amplicon deep sequencing of kelch13 in Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Senegal

Neurological and psychiatric safety of tafenoquine in Plasmodium vivax relapse prevention: a review

Optimization of an in vivo model to study immunity to Plasmodium falciparum pre-erythrocytic stages

Use of gene expression studies to investigate the human immunological response to malaria infection

Triple artemisinin-containing combination anti-malarial treatments should be implemented now to delay the emergence of resistance

Deployment and utilization of next-generation sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum to guide anti-malarial drug policy decisions in sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities and challenges

Understanding the gap between access and use: a qualitative study on barriers and facilitators to insecticide-treated net use in Ghana

New Content ItemParasites & Vectors publishes articles on the biology of parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. Below is a selection of malaria-focused articles from the journal:

Characteristic features of the SERA multigene family in the malaria parasite
This review summarizes the current understanding on Serine repeat antigen (SERA), an important gene family conserved among species of the genus Plasmodium.

Consequences of larval competition and exposure to permethrin for the development of the rodent malaria Plasmodium berghei in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae
We conclude that insecticide residues are likely to affect the ability of mosquitoes to carry and transmit pathogens such as malaria, irrespective of the stage at which they are exposed to the insecticide. These results stress the need for further studies to consider sub-lethal doses in the context of vector ecology and vector-borne disease epidemiology.

Controlling mosquitoes with semiochemicals: a review
An overview of the current studies of these chemical messages and the chemical ecology involved in complex behavioural patterns.

Larval predation in malaria vectors and its potential implication in malaria transmission: an overlooked ecosystem service?               
A review aiming to contextualize the role of Anopheles larvae predators as an ecosystem factor interacting with the malaria pathogen through its vector, i.e. the female adult Anopheles.

Bacterial larvicides used for malaria vector control in sub-Saharan Africa: review of their effectiveness and operational feasibility
A review of published literature that investigates the application of bacterial larvicides, Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti) and/or Bacillus sphaericus (Bs) for malaria vector control in Sub-Saharan Africa.

New Content ItemInfectious Diseases of Poverty publishes articles that address essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty, such as malaria. Here is a selection of malaria-focused articles from the journal.

Protecting the gains of malaria elimination in China
This editorial discusses the systems, competencies and strategies that support malaria elimination and their contribution to global health security.

Cost-effectiveness analysis of malaria rapid diagnostic tests: a systematic review
This study systematically reviews the economic value of rapid diagnostic tests in malaria diagnosis.

Population dynamics, pathogen detection and insecticide resistance of mosquito and sand fly in refugee camps, Greece
This study sought to evaluate the risk for VBD transmission within refugee camps in Greece by analyzing the mosquito and sand fly populations present, in light of designing effective and efficient context specific vector and disease control programs.

Clinical malaria and the potential risk of anaemia among preschool-aged children: a population-based study of the 2015–2016 Malawi micronutrient survey
This study found that clinical malaria increased the risk of anaemia in preschool-aged children.

Malaria blogs from BugBitten

New Content Item BugBitten is a dedicated blog platform for the  parasitology and vector biology community. It is run by a small group of regular bloggers assisted by guest posts from the community. 

Malaria during the COVID-19 pandemic

The relentless march of falciparum malaria (the deadly parasite) in India

Malaria: understanding drug resistance

Malaria mosquito crosses large desert – ‘it was a breeze’

Ivermectin: inhibiting transmission of the malaria parasite beyond insecticidal activity

Hybrid speciation in the Culex pipiens mosquito complex?

Four ways to address the heart disease-related outcomes of malaria

Join us for our #talkingmalaria tweetchat

New Content ItemJoin @drbhargavirao at 12 noon BST 24th April 2020 for a discussion on malaria prevention, interventions and eradication.

The tweetchat is hosted jointly by @MSFsci and @malariajournal and will use the hashtag #talkingmalaria