Supporting dengue prevention and control in MyanmarPublished: May 24, 2016
Dengue is a rapidly growing viral infection spread by the same species of mosquito as the Zika virus. Prior to 1970, only nine countries had witnessed epidemics – now that number stands at over 100. Typically found in tropical and sub-tropical climates and often in urban environments, the infection leads to symptoms including high fever, severe headaches, fatigue, vomiting and severe joint and muscle pain. In about five percent of cases, the disease can progress to a more severe stage that can cause death. Most outbreaks occur in Asia, where it is estimated that 50-100 million people are affected every year.

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Announcing the tragic loss of Dr Sylvia MeekPublished: May 13, 2016
It is with deep sorrow that we must announce the passing of Dr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director, on 12th May 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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Pneumonia Diagnostics Project shares results at dissemination meetings in CambodiaPublished: May 5, 2016
On March 15, 2016, Malaria Consortium hosted a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to disseminate the preliminary results of our multi-country pneumonia diagnostics research project. The research aims to identify the most accurate and acceptable respiratory rate and pulse oximeter diagnostic devices to support community health workers (CHWs) and first-level health facility workers (FLHFWs) in the detection of pneumonia in four low-resource settings (Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and South Sudan). Nearly 25 participants from various Ministry of Health departments (maternal and child health, malaria control, and communicable disease control), pediatric hospitals, national and international non-governmental organisations, and UNICEF convened to address the meeting’s three-fold objectives:

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World Malaria Day around the world – in picturesPublished: May 3, 2016
This year’s World Malaria Day, held on April 25th, saw Malaria Consortium engage in a diverse range of activities in many of our countries. The commemorative day, which was established by the United Nations in 2007, provides the chance to highlight this killer disease which still claims the lives of 438,000 people each year. In the UK, it is an opportunity to push for the increased funding that will be needed to continue to fight malaria and to ensure that we maintain the progress made so far. In endemic countries, such as in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, it provides a platform to spread public health messages and can help communities cope with cases of malaria by sharing practical advice.

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From data to action: Analyzing data to inform SMC implementation, 2016Published: Apr 27, 2016
In preparation for the upcoming SMC season, NMCPs in Guinea, Mali, Niger and The Gambia have been working with key partners to ensure data quality that reliably informs the microplanning and data collection for the upcoming SMC campaign. 

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