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Re-imagining malaria - a platform for reflections to widen horizons in malaria control

Guest edited by Dr. Julian Eckl, University of St Gallen, Switzerland, and Dr. Susanna Hausmann Muela, PASS International, Tessenderlo, Belgium

Ongoing discussions that take stock of social and societal determinants of health present an opportunity for productive dialogue on why current approaches to malaria control and elimination need to be broadened, and how this may be accomplished. They invite us, for example, to look beyond malaria as a disease, to appreciate the experiences of malaria-afflicted populations, to transcend techno-centric approaches, to investigate social conflicts around malaria, to give voice to the communities engaged in bottom-up approaches, and to revisit lessons learned in the past. The launch of this thematic series in Malaria Journal on re-imagining malaria creates a forum that has the goal to encourage transdisciplinary thinking, to stimulate discussion, to promote constructive criticism, and to gather overlooked experiences that help to reflect on implicit assumptions. Overall it aims at widening horizons in malaria control.

  1. Patients’ adherence to malaria treatment is a key issue in malaria control and elimination efforts. Previous studies have reported on problems with adherence to anti-malarials, which in part can be related to ...

    Authors: Joan Muela Ribera, Susanna Hausmann-Muela, Charlotte Gryseels and Koen Peeters Grietens
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2016 15:136
  2. Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are assumed to be simple-to-use and mobile technologies that have the capacity to standardize parasitological diagnosis for malaria across a variety of clinical settings. ...

    Authors: Uli Beisel, René Umlauf, Eleanor Hutchinson and Clare I. R. Chandler
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2016 15:64
  3. As the disease burden in the Gambia has reduced considerably over the last decade, heterogeneity in malaria transmission has become more marked, with infected but asymptomatic individuals maintaining the reser...

    Authors: Sarah O’Neill, Charlotte Gryseels, Susan Dierickx, Julia Mwesigwa, Joseph Okebe, Umberto d’Alessandro and Koen Peeters Grietens
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2015 14:167
  4. In certain regions in Southeast Asia, where malaria is reduced to forested regions populated by ethnic minorities dependent on slash-and-burn agriculture, malaria vector populations have developed a propensity...

    Authors: Charlotte Gryseels, Lies Durnez, René Gerrets, Sambunny Uk, Sokha Suon, Srun Set, Pisen Phoeuk, Vincent Sluydts, Somony Heng, Tho Sochantha, Marc Coosemans and Koen Peeters Grietens
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2015 14:165