Chiltern International clinical project leader and malaria researcher Beatriz Mosqueira has delivered an important seminar on the disease held at IX European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP IX) in Valencia recently.
Malaria constituted one of the main focus areas for the conference, which attracted not only European parasitologists, but also leading scientists from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania and Latin American countries.
Based on the laboratory evaluations performed at the Institut pour le Recherche et le Developement (IRD), a WHO reference centre for insecticide evaluation, and the field work performed also in association with the IRD in Benin, West Africa, Beatriz Mosqueira showed that the insecticide paint kills malaria-transmitting mosquitoes quickly and over a long time period even at a distance.
The impact Beatrizâ€™s research could have on malaria-control programs needs to be further studied, but the results from the research could prove to be ground-breaking.
The disease is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. According to WHO estimates, 41% of the world's population is exposed to malaria causing more than 300 million episodes of acute illness every year and at least one million deaths, 90% in Africa amongst children and pregnant women.
Beatriz is currently supplementing her work as clinical project leader at Chiltern's Spanish office with work as a malaria researcher at the University of Valencia and at the Institut pour le Recherche et le Developement (IRD).
The Insecticide Paint Study is supported the DirecciÃ³n General de CooperaciÃ³n para el Desarrollo, Presidencia de Gobierno de la Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain. Project performed by the Department of Parasitology of the University of Valencia. Prof. Dr. Mas-Coma, Director of the Department of Parasitology of the University of Valencia and Dr. Carnevale of the Institut de Recherches pour le DÃ©veloppement (IRD) in Montpellier, France, are heads of the Project.
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Last updated on: 27/08/2010