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Newsletter | January 2023
World NTD Day

Interventions to eliminate neglected tropical diseases for the world's poorest

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of diseases for which treatments are readily available in much of the world but disproportionately affect people living in extreme poverty who have not had equal access to health services. Among them is podoconiosis, a non-infectious NTD, prevalent in the southwestern and central highlands of the country.

To mark #WorldNTDDay this year on 30 January, we've featured our work in the region to strengthen and integrate NTD detection, management, recording and reporting into primary healthcare through a three-year project - Happy Feet.

Malaria was also considered an NTD, before the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that has mobilised significant resources to advance control of these diseases. But malaria still takes the lives of around 619,000 globally each year. Alongside our usual updates, in this month's newsletter, we also share our insights on using gene drives for malaria control and the complex considerations on the pathway to malaria elimination.

Overexposure to volcanic soils causes more than a million people to suffer from effects of neglected tropical disease in Ethiopia

Ethiopia bears the highest burden of podoconiosis, with more than 1.5 million cases. Nationally, the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) bears the highest prevalence nationally, at 8.3 percent. People living and working in these areas do not always have access to protective footwear to prevent exposure to these problematic soils that have been shown to cause podoconiosis.

Malaria Consortium’s formative research, conducted in the SNNPR in 2020, indicated that there was a significant lack of capacity among health workers to adequately detect, manage and report podoconiosis cases due to a lack of regular in-service training from the primary healthcare system. Click on the link below to find out what we are doing to change this.
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To end malaria, we must leave no one behind. Join our Chief Executive, James Tibenderana, alongside other key figures, to discuss the critical actions needed to ensure locally driven, optimised approaches to diagnose, treat and prevent malaria reach the unreached.

Tuesday 31 January 2023 (9-10:30am EAT; 2-3:30pm UCT; 4-5:30pm CAT)
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Latest news


Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) intervention launched for the first time outside the Sahel

On Friday, Mozambique became the first country outside of the Sahel region to scale up its use of SMC. Children under five in all 23 districts in Nampula province, in northern Mozambique, will now receive the medicines through the rainy season (from January to April).
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From our blog

Gene drive

Critical conversations on genetic control strategies for malaria control in East Africa

Towards the end of last year, our Policy & Advocacy Manager, Reagan Wamajji, joined policymakers, scientists, researchers and legal experts from the seven East African Community (EAC) member states as they gathered for a pivotal policy dialogue in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on research, development, testing and deployment of genetically modified mosquitoes for malaria control and elimination. Read his key takeaways in the blog...
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Community health worker undertaking work

Top reads of 2022

2022 was a busy year at Malaria Consortium! We’ve looked back over last year to share our top reads, bringing you the highlights of 2022 and our most read pieces. 
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Our publications

Project brief: Happy Feet: Community-based podoconiosis prevention and control in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, podoconiosis - a non-infectious neglected tropical disease (NTD) - affects 1.5 million people, over a third of those affected globally. Happy Feet aims to accelerate control of this NTD by creating universal access to better quality preventive and healthcare management services. 
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Pneumonia diagnostics

Advocacy brief: Strengthening the health system to respond to pneumonia and other childhood illnesses

Pneumonia – a preventable, treatable and curable disease – remains the leading infectious cause of death among children under five. In our latest advocacy brief, we advocate for a holistic approach to strengthen the case management of pneumonia and other childhood illnesses.
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Peer-reviewed journal articles


Optimising the role of ‘lead mothers’ in seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) campaigns: Formative research in Kano state, northern Nigeria

Lead mothers are community health volunteers that help caregivers comply with monthly administration of anti-malarial drugs during SMC campaigns. Malaria Consortium was part of a team that recently studied their in the delivery of SMC in Nigeria.
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