Environmental Factor, February 2008, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Institute Helps Disseminate Malaria Publication
By Eddy Ball
NIEHS was one of the supporters of a 340-page supplement on malaria published in the December 2007 issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Funding from the NIEHS through a collaborative agreement with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) helped to make this important publication available free of cost to public health scientists and practitioners worldwide.
According to the NIH press release (http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2008/fic-07.htm) announcing the publication, "Intolerable Burden of Malaria" (http://www.ajtmh.org/content/vol77/6_Suppl/?etoc) presents "new insights into the international burden of malaria and how the global community can best combat the disease," including advances in genetic engineering, human and parasite genome sequencing, increasing access to affordable anti-malarial drugs and more specific categorization of infection types to improve treatment.
The authors are among the world's leading research scientists, physicians and public health specialists working to combat the disease. The publication is the third in a series that began in 2001 and was edited by Joel Breman, M.D., senior scientific advisor at the FIC Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies, Martin Alilio, Ph.D., formerly of FIC and now with the Academy for Educational Development, and Nicholas J. White, M.D., a distinguished professor of tropical medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and Oxford University in England.
Serving as the secretariat for the publication, FIC was the NIH point organization for the project, which also received major funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, along with unrestricted contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, GlaxoSmithKline, and the World Health Organization.
In addition to funding from NIEHS, the project received support from a long list of partners worldwide who contributed additional funding at various levels. The supplement is also available in print and CD-ROM versions by contacting Cherice Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 496-0815.