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Uzbekistan certified malaria-free
Uzbekistan was certified malaria-free by the WHO this month, making it the 19th country in the European Region to have received the certification. WHO grants a certification of malaria elimination when a country has proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that the chain of indigenous transmission has been interrupted nationwide for at least the previous 3 consecutive years.The European Region as a whole was declared as having interrupted indigenous malaria transmission in 2016.

 
Malaria elimination trends in the 2018 World Malaria Report
The WHO World Malaria Report tracks global progress towards the goals set out in the Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for Malaria 2015 – 2030. This year’s report highlights both progress and challenges as malaria endemic countries work towards achieving 2020 GTS targets. Though malaria cases in higher burden countries are on the rise for a second year, the pace of progress is accelerating in a number of low burden countries. Globally, more countries than ever are moving towards elimination of the disease. In 2017, 46 countries reported less than 10,000 indigenous cases of malaria – an important benchmark on the way to zero.
Laboratory challenges of Plasmodium species identification in Aceh Province, Indonesia
In Southeast Asia, Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite of macaques, was recently discovered to infect humans. This emerging disease is important because it has potential for causing severe disease and death, and it is a threat to malaria elimination efforts in the region. In this report from Aceh Province, Indonesia, where P. knowlesi was only recently discovered, the authors report on the laboratory challenges of distinguishing this species from other human species. At present, practical and accurate methods are not available for local and peripheral reference laboratories. Development, evaluation and implementation of improved P. knowlesi detection methods for use at both the point-of-care and in local reference laboratories are needed.
Reflections on the 20th anniversary of RBM Partnership to End Malaria
In a new commentary in the Malaria Journal, Sir Richard Feachem, prompted by the 20th anniversary of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, reflects on hypotheses about the control malaria in Africa put forward in 1996 by Dr. Ebrahim Samba, Regional Director, WHO AFRO, and Dr. Feachem when he was with the World Bank. These hypotheses, and the reactions to them of a panel of 18 experts, are reviewed and contrasted to the rapid progress and high ambition that characterize the field of malaria today.
Sumitomo Chemical and APMEN partner to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific 
The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) has elected Sumitomo Chemical as an APMEN Partner Institution during a Joint APMEN Working Group meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to Sumitomo Chemical, four other Partner Institutions were elected. APMEN Partner Institutions have indicated their willingness to participate in, fund, provide technical support, and/or undertake joint or complementary research and malaria elimination activities. The official partnership between APMEN and Sumitomo Chemical will further strengthen collaboration and progress toward malaria elimination across the Asia Pacific region.
 
Laboratory challenges of Plasmodium species identification in Aceh Province, Indonesia, a malaria elimination setting with newly discovered P. knowlesi
PLOS
Farah N. Coutrier , Yusrifar K. Tirta, Chris Cotter, Iska Zarlinda, Iveth J. González, Alanna Schwartz, Cut Maneh, Jutta Marfurt, Maxwell Murphy, Herdiana Herdiana, Nicholas M. Anstey, Bryan Greenhouse, Michelle S. Hsiang , Rintis Noviyanti 
Roll Back Malaria: an historical footnote
Malaria Journal
Sir Richard Feachem
Challenges for the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in low transmission settings in San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Malaria Journal  
Mayte Mosquera-Romero, Lina Zuluaga-Idárraga, Alberto Tobón-Castaño
Malaria Elimination Initiative
Global Health Group,
UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences
550 16th Street, 3rd Floor, Box 1224
San Francisco, CA 94158
www.shrinkingthemalariamap.org

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