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Why there are no work units at the moment
Dear malariacontrol.net community,

Apologies for not responding sooner to the lack of work-units for malariacontrol.net. We had some technical problems with our attempts to fit improved models of malaria dynamics to field data. This meant that we had to close down the generation of new work units.

We hoped that this would be a very short term problem, but over Christmas and the New Year, it was difficult to assess exactly what was going on. Unfortunately we are now faced with the challenge that for a variety of personal reasons the team members able to address these problems are currently not available, and we don’t have any spare funding that we can allocate to hiring anyone new.

We are now almost at the 10th anniversary of malariacontrol.net and we are really hoping to keep this going, but it will probably be another month or two before we can get the system up again.

Malariacontrol.net has now been going for ten years, and your contributions to this over the years have been really useful- (take a look at
https://github.com/SwissTPH/openmalaria/wiki ).
Instead of this apology, we would really like to be sending you all a big thank you!
28 Jan 2016 9:12:12 UTC · Comment


A thank you and some science updates
Dear malariacontrol.net supporters,

It has been some time since we sent you a science post, not because we haven't been busy, quite the contrary.

But before sharing exciting science, we'd like to express our deep gratitude for your continued support and computational time.

Thank you!

We had a busy few years working on important topics in malaria research and global health: from vector control strategies in pre-elimination countries, to optimization of malaria control tools in support of the Global Fund applications, to key analyses for policy decisions on malaria vaccines. Just to name a few.

Here are some recent articles we would like to share with you:

Malaria Vaccines:
You may have read recently in the news that the world may be close to the first malaria vaccine being approved for use in sub-Saharan Africa. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive scientific opinion for the malaria vaccine RTS,S, also known as Mosquirix, in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. This is a key step in the regulatory process towards making RTS,S available for the population at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The next step involves WHO reviewing the evidence base for RTS,S and making a policy recommendation for if and how this vaccine should be used alongside other tools to prevent malaria in different endemic settings. The policy recommendation is meant to provide technical guidance to endemic countries considering the vaccine introduction. The WHO has indicated that such a policy recommendation may be possible still in 2015.

The modelling team and your work contributed to assessment of the vaccine in terms of its expected public health impact and cost- effectiveness, providing information in addition to the clinical trial data.

Some of this work was recently published
"The public health impact of malaria vaccine RTS,S in malaria endemic Africa: country-specific predictions using 18 month follow-up Phase III data and simulation models"
by Melissa Penny and our team at Swiss TPH

You can access the article here:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/13/170

Thanks for your help!

Malaria Dynamics
We also recently published on another important issue: reasons for potential shift of burden to older ages with partially effective malarial interventions. Simulations from OpenMalaria were used to address this, so we thank you for your support.

"Age-shifting in malaria incidence as a result of induced immunological deficit: a simulation study"
by Peter Pemberton-Ross in our modelling team at Swiss TPH

You can access the article here:
http://www.malariajournal.com/content/14/1/287


Cost Effectiveness of Malaria Control Interventions

Tools that allow for in silico optimization of available malaria control strategies can assist decision-making process for prioritizing interventions.

One such example :
"Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Malaria Control Interventions in the Highlands of Western Kenya"
by Erin Stuckey previously with our modelling team at Swiss TPH

you can access the article here:
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0107700

Again thank you for your continued support and volunteering computer time!

Best regards,
Melissa Penny and the malaria modelling team at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.
22 Sep 2015 13:51:06 UTC · Comment


OpenMalaria v33 on beta
Dear users,

We have just updated the Beta application on malariacontrol.net to version 33 of our simulation software, OpenMalaria. At the same time we have started some new jobs to take advantage of the features in this version of the software.

Since several users reported problems with the 64-bit Windows version of the app added in the last Beta update, this has been disabled and we have reverted to using the 32-bit version on 64-bit Windows.

- Malariacontrol.net team
17 Dec 2014 11:20:35 UTC · Comment


OpenMalaria looking for a new systems administrator/software engineer
The team that developed the OpenMalaria software that runs on MalariaControl.net is looking for a new systems administrator/software engineer to work in Basel, Switzerland. For details see:

https://recruitingapp-2698.umantis.com/Vacancies/321/Description/2
3 Sep 2014 10:25:09 UTC · Comment


Updating test application
Dear users,

As of today, I am updating the malaria control test application to OpenMalaria v32 (see previous news item). Also today, I will be starting a small experiment using this simulator version of roughly 17000 workunits.

With this release comes support for an extra platform: 64-bit Windows (previously, the 32-bit Windows application was used on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows). This build requires the .NET framework and has so far only been tested on Windows 7 and 8.1, so let us know if you run into any issues.

- D Hardy
18 Jul 2014 9:02:47 UTC · Comment


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