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New maps to predict spread of Ebola - Oxford University research led by Professor Simon Hay and Dr Nick Golding to predict the geographic spread of Ebola virus in West Africa has been funded by the UK government and the Wellcome Trust. Read the full story here.

 


APMEN applauds EAS leaders' regional vision of Malaria-Free Asia Pacific. 

In a landmark consensus for malaria elimination, country leaders from Asia have committed to seeing the region become free of malaria by the year 2030.

Convening in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last week, the 18 leaders of the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) committed to supporting national malaria programs and strategies in their respective countries, undertaking the ambitious task of achieving regional malaria elimination within the next 15 years.

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) consists of 16 countries in the region that each have malaria elimination goals, including Sri Lanka who recently celebrated two years without malaria and is currently on track to achieving their national elimination goal of 2016.

[See APMEN Malaria Elimination Infographic http://apmen.org/elimination2030/]

APMEN supports the breakthrough decision of the leaders and stands poised to work in partnership with the leading political body for malaria elimination in the region, the Asia Pacific Leader’s Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to achieve this goal.

In a media release 14 November, the Executive Director ad interim of APLMA, Dr Ben Rolfe, described the 2030 goal as “game-changing” and was delighted that malaria elimination has become a regional responsibility that not only raises awareness around artemisinin-resistant malaria specific to the Asia Pacific, but also shows a coordinated movement among partner organizations.

The EAS announcement also prompted an Op-ed by Indonesian billionaire philanthropist Dato Sri Tahir, entitled; Eliminating malaria is good for business. The piece appeared in the South China Morning Post and described four main reasons why more heads of businesses in the Asia Pacific should pursue “an excellent investment” of malaria elimination.

The case for global malaria eradication was bolstered earlier this month by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who announced an additional $500million of funding through theBill and Melinda Gates Foundation to combat emerging diseases and eradicate malaria in his lifetime. Mr Gates said efforts to control malaria must continue, such as bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, but "the only way to stop malaria is to end it forever”.

APMEN Co-Chair and Founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Sir Richard Feachem said he fully supports Gates’ vision for malaria eradication, and that the Asia Pacific region is leading the way for a successful global elimination campaign.

 


Two job vacancies are being advertised for the Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG), Department of Zoology, University of Oxford:

Postdoctoral Computational Scientist in Disease Modelling (Closes 24 November 2014)

Postdoctoral Computational Scientist in Disease Modelling inc. developing data visualisation tools (Closes 24 November 2014)

 

 


Applications are now open for the following two job vacancies in the Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG), Department of Zoology, University of Oxford:

SEEG Data Archive Manager (Closes 16 July 2014)

Senior Computational Statistician - Spatial Models (Closes 16 July 2014)

 


RSTMH has launched a new website to announce that its next Biennial Meeting, 'Measuring Progress', will take place at Oxford Town Hall, 25 - 27 September 2014.


Potential geographical range of the Plasmodium knowlesi parasite reservoir maps and data are now available from the MAP website, following the publication of a new paper, Defining the geographic range of the Plasmodium knowlesi reservoir. The maps are available in PDF (high resolution) or PNG (lower resolution) formats and the full datasets of point estimates themselves can be downloaded as GeoTiff or Binary Float files. 


Following the publication of a new paper, Geographical variation in Plasmodium vivax relapse, the following maps and data are now available from the MAP website: under the topic of clinical burden, the modelled mean time of Plasmodium vivax relapse time and the modelled Plasmodium vivax relapse incidence map. The maps are available in PDF (high resolution) or PNG (lower resolution) formats and the full datasets of point estimates themselves can be downloaded as GeoTiff or Binary Float files. 


Plasmodium vivax survey data now available for download from our Data Explorer


Survey data on G6PDd, sickle cell and Duffy negativity can now be visualised and downloaded from our Data Explorer at http://www.map.ox.ac.uk/explorer/#EntityPlace:G6PD, http://www.map.ox.ac.uk/explorer/#EntityPlace:HbS and http://www.map.ox.ac.uk/explorer/#EntityPlace:Duffy.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its 2013 World Malaria Report, which includes national malaria maps for endemic African and Asian countries generated by the Malaria Atlas Project. The Malaria Atlas Project worked with the WHO to combine the latest incidence data with estimated prevalence to produce a suite of malaria risk maps, and to combine data on malaria species to produce maps of the ratio of P. falciparum to P. vivax infections that highlight regions where P. vivax is the major cause of malaria.


A News Focus article in Science, 'The Forgotten Malaria', discusses Plasmodium vivax malaria in the context of the spatial distribution and population at risk defined by the Malaria Atlas Project.


Professor Simon Hay has been awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal for 2013 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) for distinguished work in tropical medicine.


Thanks to a $1.5M grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a consortium led by the Malaria Atlas Project group at the University of Oxford will build a new platform to model and continually update the geographical distribution of infectious diseases globally. The new platform aims to advance the field of disease mapping by combining the latest advances in spatial modelling with methods pioneered by HealthMap to capture disease outbreak data from the World Wide Web as it becomes available. The partners in this collaboration are the University of Oxford, Boston Children’s Hospital and Microsoft Research.


Malaria-Eliminating Country Briefings for 2013 have been released, providing thorough yet concise summaries of the current and historical malaria situations in each of the eliminating countries


Announcing a new Malaria Conference for 2014 hosted by BioMed Central, in conjunction with its journals Malaria Journal and Parasites & Vectors.


A new website has been launched by the Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG) who lead the Oxford-based Malaria Atlas Project and manage this website


The 2013 RSTMH Presidential Address given by the 52nd President of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Simon Hay, is now available online.



A new mapping approach to monitor resistance to artemisinin combination therapy is published.


A new paper describes the data available from MAP and the mechanisms of release


A new series on Next-Generation Molecular and Evolutionary Epidemiology of Infectious Disease is published by the Philisophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B


A new French language malaria publication from the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) is now available online and this important body of work includes MAP’s distribution of the Anopheles that transmit malaria.


Simon Hay, co-founder of MAP, has been elected the 52nd President of the UK's Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH). Founded in 1907, the RSTMH exists to promote the study, control and prevention of diseases in man and other animals in the tropics and sub-tropics, on behalf of its fellowship of over 1000 professional members.


New maps and data available from the MAP website including: estimates of Plasmodium vivax endemicity, estimates of sickle haemoglobin allele frequency, estimates of G6PD deficiency allele frequency and a map of the dominant vector species. All of these estimates are displayed on maps that are available in PDF (high resolution) or PNG (lower resolution) formats and the full datasets of point estimates themselves can be downloaded as GeoTiff or Binary Float files. The dominant vector species map can also be downloaded in PDF and PNG formats.


The 2012 World Malaria Report has been published by the World Health Organization (WHO), including maps of malaria endemicity in African countries produced by the Malaria Atlas Project in collaboration with the WHO.


An Atlas of Health and Climate is released by the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization as the product of a unique collaboration between the meteorological and public health communities. Data on temperature suitability for malaria transmission were provided by the Malaria Atlas Project and our Spatial Ecology & Epidemiology Group colleagues provided data on dengue distribution and risk.


Recruiting five new posts. The Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG) in Oxford is expanding and we are looking to recruit five new team members (four postdoctoral, one postgraduate) across various aspects of our research agenda.

1. Senior Computational Statistician: Spatial Models (Malaria Atlas Project)
Now closed.
2. Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Geospatial Modelling (Malaria Atlas Project)

Now closed.
3. Senior Postdoctoral Modeller in Space-Time Random Fields (Malaria Atlas Project)

Now closed.
4.  Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Geospatial Modelling of Poverty and Population

Now closed.
5. Research Assistant
(Malaria Atlas Project)
Now closed.


The first global map of Plasmodium vivax malaria endemicity is published today and will be available from this website shortly.


MAP is part of a network of international health research at Oxford and a new website has been launched where you can find out more, including links with other work on public health and malaria.


Prof. Simon Hay has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Back Award for research contributing to public health policy.


Population data is now available from AsiaPop. In addition to 100m spatial resolution estimated population distribution datasets for eight Asian countries in 2010 and 2015, details of the project background, methods and input datasets are provided on the site. Please note that the datasets are an early version and will be updated in the coming months as improved settlement mapping is undertaken, more detailed and contemporary population data are acquired and new mapping approaches are developed. Three papers have recently been published that provide background information, as well as AfriPop details and analyses:

http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/11/1/7/abstract
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0031743
http://www.pophealthmetrics.com/content/10/1/8/abstract


A new global malaria vector map displays the co-dominant species in each malaria endemic region of the world.


Sickle cell allele data are now available for download. MAP has compiled and geopositioned 1,221 community survey results from around the world and they are now publicly available.


New estimates of malaria deaths have been published, based in part on estimates of malaria prevalence developed by the Malaria Atlas Project.


A new alpha version of Africa-wide population datasets is now freely available from the AfriPop project website. These new datasets provide estimates of the distribution of children under five years old and women of child-bearing age for each 1km grid square across Africa for the years 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015.


The World Malaria Report 2011 is published by the World Health Organization and is reported in the media worldwide.


A global map of Plasmodium falciparum endemicity is launched. The Malaria Atlas Project presents a series of maps describing the global distribiution of Plasmodium falciparum risk and spatial estimates of entomological innoculation rate and reproductive number.


New web portal launched. Find over 1,800 products using our Resource Browser, including estimates of populations at malaria risk, mosquito distributions and bionomics, and maps of malaria endemicity.


Atlas of Malaria Eliminating Countries is launched. The Malaria Atlas Project recently collaborated with the UCSF Global Health Group to produce an Atlas of Malaria-Eliminating Countries and an Atlas of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network.