This week we are launching a new look for Malaria.com, the website aimed at bringing together all stakeholders involved in the fight against malaria. While we will continue to provide up-to-date and accurate information about malaria causes, symptoms, treatment, and research, we will now also publish a quarterly online “issue” devoted to a specific topic related to malaria. We hope that these focused issues will allow our readers to delve more deeply into the challenges and opportunities associated with malaria control, and also provide multiple perspectives, from all around the world, under a shared theme.
Our first online “issue” is devoted to a supremely important issue in malaria control: diagnostics.
I first came upon the idea of collecting a series of articles and pieces related to malaria diagnosis when I attended the third annual Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium, hosted by Zagaya in Berkeley, California, this past April. The Symposium provided a wonderful opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present on their work related to malaria, and there were a number of talks and posters that focused on diagnostics.
We are very honored that several of those presenters kindly put together articles to contribute to Malaria.com’s diagnostics issue, and it is my hope that many of you reading this now will consider writing for future issues – we always welcome contributions and perspectives from anyone whose life has been affected by malaria, be it as a healthcare provider, a researchers, a traveler, or as someone living in a country where malaria is an every day occurrence.
Following are the articles from this first issue:
- Too Much of a Good Thing: Why Over-Diagnosis of Malaria Can Be a Big Problem
By Claire Standley, Editor, Malaria.com
- Notes from the Field: The Importance of Health Extension Workers in Diagnosing and Treating Malaria in Ethiopia
By Luwei Pearson, Regional Health Advisor, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)
- My Experience with Malaria
By Tumusiime K. Deo
- Improving Malaria Diagnosis Through Online Crowdsourcing: Not Just a (Bio)Game
Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA
- The Private Sector, and Access to Malaria Diagnostics and Treatment in Uganda
Agnes Nabasirye, CEO JLM Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Thank you for visiting Malaria.com, and we welcome your feedback on our first issue. Please provide your comments!