PHILADELPHIA, USA—The world is on track for eliminating malaria, according to scientists attending the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual conference. The need to identify “malaria hotspots” was discussed by Dr Jacklin Mosha from the National Insitute for Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania and by Dr Teun Bousema from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, whose colleagues presented other key research papers at the conference also addressing malaria elimination: Dr Shunmay Yeung on rapid diagnostic tests and research about the effectiveness of drug dispensing in the private sector; Gillian Stresman on methods for detecting asymptomatic infection; Dr Jonathan Cox on the use of mobile phones for malaria surveillance in the face of drug resistance in Cambodia; and Dr David Schellenberg on the extensive efforts being made to ensure the safety of malaria drugs in daily use.
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