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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre

World Malaria Day 2013


Photo courtesy of MCDC (Mulanda primary School Uganda)

Thursday, 25th April 2013
John Snow Lecture Theatre LSHTM
The LSHTM Malaria Centre invite you to an evening Symposium on Thursday 25th April in the John Snow Lecture Theatre on 'Resistance to insecticides: a threat to malaria control’

In recognition of World Malaria Day 2013

The past decade has seen unprecedented progress in malaria control, resulting in major declines in malaria mortality rates globally. This progress is attributed to a significant scale-up of vector control interventions, as well as better diagnostic testing and wider availability of effective anti-malarials.

The next few years will be critical in the fight against malaria. Vector control, primarily through the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying, will remain at the centre of our efforts. While the tools for controlling malaria vectors remain highly effective in almost all settings, mosquitoes are rapidly developing resistance to insecticides and countries in sub-Saharan Africa, characterized by high levels of malaria transmission and widespread reports of resistance, present the gravest concern. The main factor driving resistance has been the heavy reliance by vector control programmes on a single class of insecticides, the pyrethroids. Urgent action is required to prevent resistance from developing further, and to maintain the effectiveness of vector control interventions in the short and longer term. WHO and LSHTM are at the centre of global efforts of counter the threat. This symposium on World Malaria Day will highlight the resistance problem, discuss the strategies being proposed to counter it, and sets out research and development priorities to maintain malaria control progress.


5.00-6.30 pm | Presentations

6.30-7.00 pm | Panel discussion

7.00-8.30 pm | Drinks reception

Guest speakers include:

Jo Lines (Global Programme for Insecticide Resistance Management: Filling gaps in knowledge)

Immo Klienschmidt (Epidemiology of resistance in Bioko, Sudan and Gates project countries)

Mark Rowland (Resistance in W Africa and Tanzania, and interventions to overcome the problem)

Abraham Mnzava, WHO (Global Programme for Insecticide Resistance Management: Strengthening national capabilities for insecticide resistance monitoring and management)


Films from the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC) will be shown throughout the drinks reception

Location: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT

Anyone is welcome to attend

RSVP: malaria [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk

Places are limited so please confirm attendance.