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Newsletter | June 2022
Welcome to the June edition of the Malaria Consortium newsletter
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A critical moment for ending malaria and NTDs

Last week, the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) took place alongside the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda. The event was a critical moment for world leaders to make meaningful commitments to end these diseases.

Despite progress, malaria and NTDs continue to pose significant risks of death and life-changing illness to billions of people around the world and momentum has stalled in recent years. Malaria threatens the lives on 3.2 billion people, accounting for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Over 1.7 billion people are affected by the group of communicable diseases, collectively known as NTDs.

 
Read our five key takeaways from discussions that took place at the summit with governments, civil society, the private sector, scientists and activists.
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News piece
Our response to renewed funding commitments to end malaria and NTDs
 
Over US $4 billion in funding was committed to end malaria and NTDs at the summit, as countries mobilise to get progress back on track to eliminate malaria and combat other mosquito-borne diseases. Increased investment, coordination and integration of responses will allow for the best use of limited resources and a more targeted approach.
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Research brief
Integrating NTD services into Ethiopia's primary healthcare system

Between 2019 and 2021, Malaria Consortium carried out a small-scale, mixed-methods research study in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia, to develop and test an intervention to strengthen the integration of neglected tropical disease (NTD) services into the country’s primary healthcare system.
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New guidelines
News piece
Our response to new WHO guidelines on seasonal malaria chemoprevention implementation

On 3 June 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new malaria chemoprevention guidelines. While previous WHO policy recommendations provided specific guidance on how chemoprevention interventions should be implemented, the new guidelines give more flexibility to malaria-endemic countries to adapt chemoprevention strategies to the local context. We explore what this means in practice.
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Our latest news
Malaria surveillance
Research insight
 
A scientific group, including researchers from Malaria Consortium, have analysed the experiences of national malaria control programmes and partners in countries which were early adopters of surveillance-driven decision-making. The study findings were published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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Launch event
Pneumonia project launch
 
A new initiative, designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and referral of children with pneumonia in Chad, has been launched this month in the country's capital. The project aims to improve pneumonia case management and develop and operationalise a new pneumonia control strategy for the country.
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Global health
UK Government roundtable
 
Malaria Consortium’s Senior Country Technical Coordinator in Nigeria, Olusola Oresanya, joined civil society representatives at a roundtable convened by Action for Global Health (AfGH) and the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to discuss climate change and global health.
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Our blogs
Vector surveillance training course
 
The Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN)'s Vector Control Working Group leads vector surveillance capacity strengthening activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Next month, a two-week course covering most aspects of malaria vector surveillance takes place in India.
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Dengue Day
Annual Dengue Day
 
To mark the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s annual Dengue Day this year, we interviewed Dr Leang Rithea, Director of the National Dengue Control Programme in Cambodia, about how dengue is being tackled and what more is needed.
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Our latest publications
Project brief
Insecticide-treated nets
 
In Ondo and Anambra states, Nigeria, we are assessing the epidemiological and entomological impacts and outcomes of insecticide-treated net (ITN) campaigns, deployed alongside other proven malaria control interventions. We will use the findings of this study project to improve vector control decisions.
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Project brief
Newborn and childhood illnesses
 
In discussion with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, we are co-developing an action plan for the integrated management of newborn and childhood illnesses in Ethiopia, focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea. Our work will support the existing national newborn and child survival strategy and child health roadmap.
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Project brief
Pneumonia case management
 
In Chad, we are drawing on our experience in conducting large-scale studies to develop a control strategy that assesses and improves pneumonia case management among children under five. With pneumonia accounting for 23.3 percent of under-five deaths in Chad, a strengthened pneumonia response is a priority. 
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