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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre

Counting Malaria Out: The Problem with Drugs


Photograph courtesy of Teun Bousema

23 April 2010
John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, London
The Malaria Centre host a World Malaria Day seminar on 'Counting Malaria Out: The Problem with Drugs'

Malaria poses a risk to half of the world's population and approximately one million people die of the disease each year. The control of malaria remains high on the global public health agenda and is prominent in the Millennium Development Goals. By the end of 2010 the UN has called for universal provision of the basic preventative measures – insecticide treated nets and prompt treatment with antimalarial drugs - to all people at risk of malaria in order to achieve the 2015 goal of near-zero deaths. Tools that enable malaria diagnosis at the community level exist as do effective medicines - artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), however major problems remain. Issues such as misdiagnosis and over prescription, counterfeit drugs, supply and delivery of drugs and emerging drug resistance all hamper effective treatment. A lack of public and donor awareness of some these basic problems threaten the success of global malaria control efforts.


13.00 - 14.00 | Lunch time Film screening of ‘The Killing Season’ by Mark Honigsbaum

14.00 - 14.10 | Introduction and Welcome - Mark Rowland and David Schellenberg

14.10 - 14.20 | Removing the blindfold:  Bringing a rational approach to malaria diagnosis -Brian Greenwood (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

14.20 - 14.40 | Why don't people with malaria get drugs- and what can we do about it? - Chris Whitty (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & Department for International Development)

14.40 - 15. 00 | Removing the blindfold:  Bringing a rational approach to malaria diagnosis - David Bell (World Health Organisation)

15.00 - 15.20 | Artemisinin tolerance or resistance: What’s the problem, what is being done and what does it mean? - Shunmay Yeung (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

15.20 - 15.50 | Coffee

15.50 - 16.10 | Counterfeit antimalarials – a chasm in tropical public health - Paul Newton (University of Oxford)

16.10 - 16.30 | Malaria No More UK: Counting Up Support - Sarah Kline (Malaria No More)

16.30 - 17.30 | Panel Discussion charied by Andrew Jack (Financial Tmes)

17.30 - 18.00 | Reception & exhibition from LSHTM Library Archives

Listen to audio recordings of the symposium here (part 1) and here (part 2)

Download slides from the talks:





Listen to LSHTM podcast interviews from some of the speakers:

Brian Greenwood told Sarah Maxwell about recent developments in malaria which are bringing so much hope.

Listen to podcast (MP3 1.3MB)

more podcasts coming soon

Read some of the media coverage of the event:

The Wellcome Trust posts a series of blogs on 'The Problem with Drugs'Malaria treatment as it used to be, Resistance is not futile and The drugs do work, getting them is the problem.

Prevention: Focus on nets ‘seductive but short-sighted - Sarah Steadke comments in the Financial Times.

Lack of awareness of problems with treatments threatens malaria control efforts - The British Medical Journal reports on Malaria Centre symposium.

View photos from the event here.