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Photo: Shoklo Nifty Fifty - Rose McGready, Jeff Grey, Martin McGready

Update: Shoklo Nifty Fifty obliterates course record to raise awareness for "Save 2 lives with One Operation" Campaign

UPDATE

The team lived up to the “nifty” part, as they obliterated the course record for their category by over an hour, clocking in at 10:26:35 for the 150km...

Mother diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy, a heart condition at delivery

Shoklo Nifty Fifty to raise awareness for "Save 2 lives with One Operation" Campaign

Updated article HERE

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Image: Malaria cells; PhD student Kerryn Moore, awarded the Aileen Plant Memorial Prize

Burnet Institute: Kerryn Moore awarded Aileen Plant Memorial Prize

Burnet PhD candidate Kerryn Moore has been awarded the Aileen Plant Memorial Prize, with her research expected to transform treatment of pregnant women with malaria globally....

gatesnotes: Mosquito Wars

gatesnotes: Mosquito Wars

Special blogpost by Bill Gates including virtual reality film of SMRU team members (best viewed on mobile device). We’ve come a long way since the days of blaming the...

ALL PHOTOS: PEARL GAN IN ASSOCIATION WITH OXFORD UNIVERSITY CLINICAL RESEARCH UNIT, JAKARTA & VIETNAM, AND THE WELLCOME TRUST.

Huffington Post: The “Seeing Malaria In Asia Pacific” Project Is Set To Show The Faces of Malaria

At Singapore’s National Library this September 2-29, a photo-documentation exhibit will highlight the humanity behind the horrifying numbers so often associated with malaria....

Slide Image: Hyper-parasitemia (P. falciparum) under microscope © SMRU

A Case of Cerebral Malaria Reminds us to Remain Vigilant in our Fight Against Malaria

An 18 year-old man is currently recovering from cerebral malaria under the care of Mae Tao Clinic and Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU).

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Image: Unite to End TB

World TB Day 2017: Unite to End TB

World TB Day is held each year on March 24th, in commemoration of the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative...

Image: Skipping girls: Local girls at SMRU's 30th Anniversary celebrations in Dec 2016. © SMRU/Photo by SawHsaDah

SMRU Seminar: Health Care in a Changing National Landscape

On the 30th anniversary of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), a seminar was held on 13-14 December 2016 in Mae Sot, Thailand, to examine the theme "Health care in a...

Image: An IDP (internally displaced person) camp along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Photo by Suphak Nosten

The Mermaid's Tale: Reproductive Health Funding and Why it Matters

Conflict and war can have an enormous impact on demography and population health. When active fighting breaks out in an area it can lead to large and chaotic population...

SMRU medics receive Certificate in Public Health

On Saturday January 14th, 5 medics from Shoklo Malaria Research Unit received their Certificate in Public Health from Thammasat University, Thailand; Ma Kway University, Myanmar...

BBC: Losing Hope in Mae La

BBC: Losing Hope in Mae La

On Thailand's border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, more than 100,000 people live in a string of refugee camps. Many fled ethnic conflict in their homeland decades ago, and...

The Malaria War: A Multimedia Story

The Malaria War: A Multimedia Story

The stakes are high, a global epidemic is looming, and THE MALARIA WAR is following the fight against one of mankind’s oldest diseases at a pivotal point in history. A story...

Birth attendant training course may be global model for safer birth care in poor communities

MORU: Birth attendant training course may be global model for safer birth care in poor communities

11 October 2016, Mae Sot (Thailand) – Training local Karen and Burman women as skilled birth attendants in refugee settings resulted in no adverse perinatal outcomes and many...

Oxford Tropical Network Conference 2016

Oxford Tropical Network Conference 2016

This year, the Oxford Tropical Network Conference took place in Keble College, Oxford, UK from 6-8 September.  

During OTN 2016 representatives from SMRU gave several presentations to share...

Cycling for SMRU

Event: Cycling for SMRU - Sep 17th, 2016 (updated!)

On Saturday, the 17th of September 2016 Stichting Malariadokters will organise a cycling event in the Netherlands to raise...

Tharamu MohDoh and Saw Eh Nge discuss malaria post management

METF Meeting & Workshop with Area 2 Zone Coordinators

On July 30th and 31st a team from SMRU’s Malaria Elimination Task Force (METF) held meetings and a brief workshop with zone coordinators from METF’s Area 2...

eCME: Managment of Malaria in Pregnant Women Online Lecture by Prof. Francois H. Nosten

eCME: Managment of Malaria in Pregnant Women

Online Lecture by Prof. Francois H. Nosten on the managment of malaria in pregnant women.

Photo: UNOPS Field Study

UNOPS Field Study

UNOPS organized a study tour of Myanmar malaria programs supported by Global Fund on July 4 and 5.

The tour was attended by approximately 40 delegates...

Myanmar Times

Myanmar Times: Officials scramble to address drug-resistant malaria

After a study released last week narrowed the likely cause of drug-resistant malaria along the Myanmar-Thailand border to a mutation in a specific parasite gene, health...

THAILAND HAD TO CHANGE THE COMBINATION DRUG USED DUE TO ARTEMISININ RESISTANCE, SAYS DR. AUNG PYAE PHYO (LEFT) FROM SHOKLO MALARIA RESEARCH UNIT, THAILAND.

Artemisinin resistance dents the anti-malaria armour

The emergence of resistance to the artemisinin drug, a potent anti-malarial medicine, now threatens to affect the big gains achieved in recent years in reducing the global...

Migrant workers such as this man in Pailin, Cambodia, near the border with Thailand, are at especially high risk of contracting malaria.

Science: Drug resistance triggers war to wipe out malaria in the Mekong region

PAILIN, CAMBODIA—No one knows exactly why resistance to malaria drugs always emerges first in this remote western province of Cambodia, nestled in the Cardamom...

A view of the Thai-Myanmar border. Hidden in the trees in the distance is the Moei river marking the official boundary between Thailand and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Photographs by Ian Teh

Medium: The Unrelenting Specter of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Every time scientists think they’ve controlled malaria, drug resistance pops up in Southeast Asia. What will it take to stop a deadly global comeback of the disease?

François Nosten in his office at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Mae Sot. Photo: Ana Salvá

Coconuts Bangkok: The fight against malaria: Is it too late?

On a map of Southeast Asia, research scientist François Nosten points to several regions which could trigger a new humanitarian emergency.

A woman getting a blood test for malaria at the clinic of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Wang Pha, a Thai village on the border with Myanmar. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

Straits Times: Malaria crisis looms as bug mutates

MAE SOT (Thailand) • Dr Aung Pyae Phyo drives his old car at breakneck speed from Mae Sot up the winding road between gently undulating bean and sugar cane fields, now mostly...

A child gets tested for malaria at a clinic on the Thai-Burmese border. Access to doctors and certified medicines is limited within Burma's under-served medical system. (PHOTO: Reuters)

DVB: Burma’s battle with malaria…and bureaucracy

Artemisinin, long considered to be the miracle drug in the fight against malaria, is losing its grip on the disease in the Mekong region, but perhaps not for the reasons you...

Drug-resistant malaria has researchers scrambling for a new drug, but what’s being done to stave off the deadly disease until that drug becomes widely available?

Huffington Post: Burma’s Other Silent Struggle: Malaria

There you have it. A BBC one-sentence description of the entire country features the phrase, “appalling human rights record.” This is often the prism through which the...

Scientists said new malaria drugs are "urgently needed" as parasites develop resistance to current ones

BBC: New anti-malaria drug developed at Dundee University

Researchers at Dundee University have discovered a new compound which could treat malaria while protecting people from the disease and preventing its spread, all in a single...

Electron micrograph scan of malaria parasite (colorized in blue) and infected red blood cell (to the left). Image Courtesy of NIAID via Flickr; image has been rotated and cropped for size. (Creative Commons license.)

Global Health Now: Mapping Malaria in Myanmar

It’s not quite 8 am in Mae Sot, Thailand, and Francois Nosten’s team is loading up trucks with medical supplies bound for clinics and Burmese refugee camps along the Thai-...

Exchanges at the Frontier

BBC World Service: Exchanges at the Frontier - Drug Resistant Malaria

Professors Francois Nosten and Nick White have worked for 30 years in Thailand treating patients with malaria and researching treatments. Exchanges at the Frontier travels to...

Malaria is spread by mosquitos

BBC News: Malaria on Myanmar-India border is 'huge threat'

Resistance to the drug that has saved millions of lives from malaria has been detected over a wider area than previously thought, scientists warn. The ability of the malaria...

The Government of Japan Provides Grant Assistance for A Project for the Expansion of Tuberculosis Center in Tak Province

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to some 2,381,800 baht for A Project for...

Children are waiting to be tested for malaria in Ta Gay Laung village hall in Hpa-An district in Kayin state, southeastern Myanmar, on Nov. 28, 2014. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Astrid Zweynert

Thomson Reuters: FEATURE: Fight against malaria unites old foes in Myanmar

TA GAY LAUNG, Myanmar, Dec 18 - In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar's Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop...

Francois Nosten

TWAS: Science diplomats solve world problems

The diplomats of science combine scientific expertise with political clout to solve major world problems. They fight diseases that plague the developing world, mend frayed...

 Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00 GMT   Author: Astrid Zweynert More news from our correspondents hum-dis  Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Email Print Leave us a comment MIN SAW, Myanmar, Dec 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of south-eastern Myanmar but this time it was a lot harder to get rid of it.  After testing positive for malaria he got a three-day course of dru

Thomson Reuters: FEATURE: Drug-resistant malaria: the world's next big health crisis?

MIN SAW, Myanmar - Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of south-eastern Myanmar but this time it was...

Drug-Resistant Malaria Is 'Disaster in the Making,' Expert Warns

NBC News: Drug-Resistant Malaria Is 'Disaster in the Making,' Expert Warns

MAE SOT, Thailand - Professor Francois Nosten ran his finger over a map showing clusters of tiny dots - each marking a border village that make up ground zero for what experts...

Research into new treatment for drug-resistant malaria calls for some extreme measures, including letting mosquitoes feast on a volunteer's arm.

NBC News: Malaria researcher lets mosquitoes take a bite

Research into new treatment for drug-resistant malaria calls for some extreme measures, including letting mosquitoes feast on a volunteer's arm.

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.

Voice of America: Drug-resistant malaria spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite -...

The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal: Resistance Taking Sting Out of Top Malaria Drug

BANGKOK—Resistance to the world's most effective drug against malaria is becoming widespread in Southeast Asia, a recurrent pattern that threatens global efforts to control the...

Over 600,000 people die from malaria each year, most of them children in Africa The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is a partnership between KEMRI, Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust. It conducts basic, epidemiological and clinical research from its headquarters in the rural district of Kilifi, Kenya Copyright © Alex Kamweru / Oxford University Images -- All rights reserved.

University of Oxford: Promising results in efforts to develop new malaria treatments

As we report the spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites on our news pages today – and the scale of the threat this poses to global efforts to control malaria – two other...

Malaria kills over 600,000 people every year and is a particular threat to young children Pediatric High Dependency Unit, Kilifi District Hospital Children attended to by Dr Neema Mturi. The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is a partnership between KEMRI, Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust. It conducts basic, epidemiological and clinical research from its headquarters in the rural district of Kilifi, Kenya Copyright © Alex Kamweru / Oxford University Images -- All rights reserved.

University of Oxford: Drug-resistant malaria has spread across Southeast Asia

Resistance to the world's most effective anti-malarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread across mainland Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global malaria control and...

Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily: Drug-resistant malaria widespread in Southeast Asia: study

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Xinhua) - Drug-resistant malaria is now widespread in Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control malaria, a new study warned Wednesday...

Malaria killed an estimated 627,000 people in 2012, mostly among African children, according to the WHO

Malay Mail: Drug-resistant malaria spiraling out of control, experts warn

PARIS, July 31 - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the...

Bloomberg

Bloomberg: Novartis Malaria Pill Shows Promise as Best Drugs Fail

Efforts to develop the first new malaria treatment in 20 years advanced as a pill from Novartis AG cleared parasites faster than the best medicines, potentially providing a...

Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post: Drug-resistant malaria hits SE Asia

In a Bangkok Post file photo, Maeo, 6, whose family is from the Karen ethnic minority group and lacks Thai citizenship, tested for malaria at a clinic in Tai Muang, 10...

Reuters

Reuters: Drug-resistant malaria reaches Southeast Asia borders, could spread to Africa

Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease,...

A Thai Public Health Ministry official places a thermometer in a child’s mouth at a malaria clinic in Kanchanaburi Province’s Sai Yok district on October 26, 2012.

Newsweek: Drug-defying malaria cases found in Southeast Asia

It seems straight out of The X-Files, but the news is terrifyingly real: Drug-resistant malaria-carrying parasites have been found in Cambodia-Thailand border regions...

A mosquito warning sign at a village in Cambodia Getty Images

Independent: Drug-resistant malaria strains appear across south east Asia

Years of progress in preventing deaths from malaria could be reversed by the emergence of drug-resistant strains, which are now firmly established across south east Asia,...

 An Anopheles funestus mosquito takes a blood meal from a human host. Photograph: James Gathany/AP

Guardian: Malaria experts bid to stamp out disease before parasite becomes drug resistant

Some of the world's leading malaria experts are advocating a radical plan to try to stamp out the disease before resistance to the newest and best drugs used to treat it grows...

Malaria-infected red blood cells

BBC News: Call for 'radical action' on drug-resistant malaria

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, according to a study. "Radical action" is needed to prevent further...

Credit Boris Pramatarov

New York Times: How to Beat Malaria, Once and for All

MAE SOT, Thailand - Malaria is a seasonal disease; with tropical rains come the fevers. In the news media, malaria is also seasonal. Every spring around World Malaria Day we...

Mosquitoes are commonly seen as the enemy of malaria elimination efforts. Photograph: AP

Guardian: New wave of drug-resistant malaria threatens millions

Scientists in south-east Asia call for pre-emptive strike in Burma jungle to contain resistant strain spreading to India and Africa. When an intense fever overcame 50-year-old...

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports.

Mosaic: How malaria defeats our drugs

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports....

Shoklo Malaria Research Unit is on the frontline of the battle against malaria in Southeast Asia. It was established in 1986 in the Shoklo refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

CNN: Scientists race to eliminate malaria as 'wonder drug' loses its powers

(CNN) - The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at their fullest, but ...

A village health worker tests a woman for malaria in Pailin as part of Malaria Consortium’s Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) project. Photograph: Patrick Brown

Guardian: Drug-resistant malaria on the Cambodian border: a new health challenge

Malaria programmes have seen death rates plummet in south-east Asia, but some experts warn radical action is needed to protect the world from an emerging strain

 

CCTV: Fears new strain of Malaria could spread

CCTV: Fears new strain of Malaria could spread

"A looming malaria catastrophe" is how some scientists are describing the emergence of a strain of the parasite which is resistant to drugs. It’s been discovered in remote areas...

Malaria Drug Resistance Spreading

Seven Days: Malaria drug resistance spreading

Malaria parasites that are resistant to the most effective current treatment, drugs based on artemisinin, are spreading in southeast Asia. Resistance was first confirmed in...

Malaria Areas at Risk

Independent: Millions at risk as main malaria drug loses potency

The world’s most effective malaria drug is losing its power, threatening the lives of millions of people around the globe. Tests on the border between Thai- land and Burma show...

Screening for malaria in Cambodia. Resistance to artemisinin was first detected in the country in 2005.

Nature: Genome analysis homes in on malaria-drug resistance

Researchers have identified a region of the malaria-parasite genome that underlies resistance to the most effective current treatment. The finding comes as drug resistance seems...

 

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