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Friday, October 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Scientists ID Genes That Protect African Children From Malaria

Source: Voice of America

Scientists have identified specific genetic variations that protect some African children from developing severe malaria and say their discovery will boost the fight against a disease that kills about half a million children annually.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Smartphone Malaria Tech Makes Debut

Source: The Battalion

The answer to Africa’s malaria challenge could fit in a pocket.
Friday, September 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can Dams Increase the Risk of Malaria?

Source: CNN

Living close to a dam could increase the risk of contracting malaria, a new study conducted in sub-Saharan Africa has found.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Local Data Underpins Tanzania’s Next Malaria Plan

Source: Science and Development Network

Tanzania’s health ministry is set to revisit the way it goes about collecting data to control malaria following new insights into the disease.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 — South Asia

Call for more weaponry against ‘neglected malaria’

Source: SciDevNet

The World Health Organization has called for more research on ways to battle malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax parasite, in the wake of a surge of infections in Western India.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 — South Asia

OPINION: Malaria as a Catalyst for Change in Myanmar

Source: Roll Call

In Washington D.C., recently, more than a dozen senior officials and politicians from Myanmar, some from groups with histories of deep mutual distrust, joined together in an extraordinary effort: to eliminate malaria from their deeply fragmented country. This is move that could have a dramatic effect on the global fight against the deadly parasitic disease.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bid protest denied on largest-ever USAID award

Source: Devex

The Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest filed in response to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s award decision on the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project, the agency’s largest-ever contract, valued at $9.5 billion.
Friday, July 31, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GlaxoSmithKline Sees Staged Roll-Out of Malaria Vaccine

Source: Reuters

The world's first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Paper Microscope That Costs Only 50 cents Can Detect Malaria From Just a Drop of Blood - And It Could Revolutionize Medicine

Source: Business Insider

For a whole lot of people, especially those in developing countries, science - and with it, medicine - isn't readily available to the majority of citizens. But Manu Prakash wants to change that.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fight Against Tropical Diseases Is Framed As Efficient

Source: The New York Times

In the battle for the billions of dollars spent fighting global diseases, doctors who tackle neglected tropical diseases have labeled their struggle a “best buy.”
Friday, July 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

World's First Malaria Vaccine Gets Regulatory Go-Ahead, Faces WHO Review

Source: Reuters

The world's first malaria vaccine got a green light on Friday from European drugs regulators who recommended it as safe and effective to use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Partnerships and Innovation to Defeat Malaria: An Interview With Dr. David Reddy

Source: Development Policy Centre

Dr David Reddy is CEO of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a product development partnership that works with both the public and private sectors to facilitate the discovery, development and delivery of new antimalarial drugs. Before his public lecture held at the Crawford School (presentation available here), Dr Reddy sat down with Camilla Burkot to talk about MMV’s role in tackling malaria. You can listen to the podcast here and read the full transcript here. For a summary of their discussion, read on.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Caveats, Costs and Complexities Shadow First Malaria Vaccine

Source: Reuters

It's a showpiece drug that has the potential to end a disease that kills half a million African children a year. Yet even before it wins a license, the world's first malaria vaccine has lost some of its sheen.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Malaria Strategy Would Double Current Funding

Source: Inter Press Service

Although malaria is both preventable and curable, it still killed an estimated 584,000 people in 2013, the majority of them African children.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$100B Plan Seeks to Cut Malaria Cases, Deaths by 90 Percent

Source: Voice of America

Major health, development and financial agencies have unveiled a $100 billion plan to cut global malaria cases and deaths by 90 percent over the next 15 years. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership says its new strategy will result in a health and economic bonanza for developing countries.
Friday, July 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bringing Innovation to the Front Line of Global Health

Source: PSI Impact

Lelio Marmora, UNITAID executive director, discusses how to accelerate introduction of effective new health solutions.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Better Housing Architecture Could Halve Malaria Cases

Source: Science and Development Network

Improved housing with features such as closed eaves could lower malaria cases by half in some settings, according to a study.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Modern housing can cut malaria infections nearly in half

Source: Quartz

Keeping your children home safe at night is a good idea. But what if home is a deadly place? For many people living in developing countries, traditional housing does little to keep out malaria-spreading mosquitoes.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Habitat Destruction Is Exposing Us to a Dangerous New Form of Malaria

Source: Pacific Standard

If you’re not a doctor, you probably think of malaria as a single disease. That’s not quite right. There are several parasites that cause what we call malaria—likePlasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, and Plasmodium malariae—and each brings a slightly different form of the disease. Now, in a northeastern corner of Malaysia, doctors are concerned about the rapid expansion of yet another malaria-inducing parasite named Plasmodium knowlesi. Incidence of the parasite increased tenfold between 2004 and 2011, and many public-health researchers are worried things are going to get worse.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Vanderbilt professor hopes 'crazy idea' will combat malaria

Source: The Tennessean

A Vanderbilt University professor is working to decide if a "crazy idea" could become a crucial tool in the fight against malaria and other deadly diseases.
Monday, June 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'One in 10 Malaria Drugs in Nigeria Is of Poor Quality'

Source: AllAfrica

New research released recently has indicated that substandard medicines are more prevalent than fake ones in world's most malaria-burdened country, Nigeria.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Could Viagra make it harder to spread malaria?

Source: CNET

Researchers from the Pasteur Institute in Paris found that drugs like Viagra may be effective in preventing malaria from spreading from person to person by stiffening up the parasite that causes it.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Has Rwanda Saved the Lives of 590,000 Children?

Source: BBC

In 2000, one of the UN's Millennium Development Goals committed the world to reduce child mortality rates by September 2015. At the time, out of every 1,000 live births, an average of 90 children died before the age of five.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Scientists Race to Beat Mosquito Resistance in Fight Against Malaria

Source: Reuters

Mosquitoes are rapidly developing resistance to insecticides used in bed nets that millions of people rely on to protect them from malaria, experts say.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Malaria Day: 5 Breakthroughs in Fighting the Disease

Source: Global Healthcare

Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2013, only one in five African children with malaria received effective treatment, 15 million pregnant women did not receive a single dose of preventative drugs and an estimated 278 million in Africa still live in households with no insecticide-treated bed net, according to the World Health Organization.
Friday, April 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World's First Malaria Vaccine Moves Closer to Use in Africa

Source: Reuters

The world's first malaria vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after final trial data showed it offered partial protection for up to four years.
Friday, April 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study: Ebola Outbreak Likely Driving Malaria Deaths

Source: Yahoo!

The collapse of health services in three west African countries devastated by Ebola may have caused some 11,000 additional deaths from malaria, a preventable and curable disease, researchers said Friday.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Protecting pregnant women from malaria – a missed 'quick win'

Source: Unicef Connect

In the eight years since we commemorated the first World Malaria Day, millions of women and children have continued to die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Malaria takes the lives of more than 1,200 children under the age of 5 every day – the staggering equivalent of 50 children every hour.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Disease Detection Gets a Boost With Plans for a CDC in Africa

Source: NPR

In 1946, a malaria outbreak across the Southern U.S. catalyzed the formation of what would eventually become the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Could a Test for Malaria Be as Easy as a Breathalyzer?

Source: Public Radio International

More than half a million people die of malaria every year, most of them children under the age of five in Africa. And in the areas where it is most endemic, it remains relatively expensive to diagnose. But a group of scientists in Missouri are working on a groundbreaking method to test for the disease that, if successful, could save time, money, and most importantly, lives.
Monday, April 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study: Zambia’s Malaria Success Story Masks Basic Health Failures

Source: Humanosphere

A new study reveals that while Zambia has made great progress against malaria over the past decade or so it was losing ground on many other health needs like basic child immunizations and maternal health care.
Monday, April 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Saving Lives By Making Malaria Drugs More Affordable

Source: Medical Xpress

Forty percent of all malaria-caused deaths in sub-Saharan Africa occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. The private sector "supply chain" manages 74% of the drug volume in Congo and 98% in Nigeria where malaria-stricken patients rely on "drug shops" and other for-profit retail outlets to get life-saving medicine.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Shop-Based Malaria Kit Boosts Testing for Disease

Source: Science and Development Network

A trial that trained Ugandan shopkeepers to use subsidised malaria test kits could point to a way of reducing the misuse of malaria medicine.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Top 10 Illnesses That Have Developed an Immunity to Vaccines

Source: Newsmax

The medical community has been issuing alerts about mutating viruses and increases in the frequency of infectious disease. The changes make it more difficult to control diseases that have become resistant to vaccines and antibiotics.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Lighting Science and Global Good to Develop Light-Based Alternatives to Pesticides

Source: Business Wire

Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good today announced a research agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation light technologies for pest control.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — South Asia

Drug-resistant malaria threatens to spread to India causing global health crisis

Source: The Independent

Mutant genes that are resistant to a vital anti-malaria drug were found in the blood of people close to the India border.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Upside of Ebola May Be Vaccines

Source: OZY

They don’t have the name recognition of Ebola, but lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis are killer viruses in developing countries. Big killers. Indeed, combined with other illnesses like malaria and pneumonia, infectious diseases account for 1 in 7 deaths worldwide. But good luck trying to convince drug companies to put resources and funds into developing vaccines for most of them: Diseases in poor countries don’t make for lucrative markets.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Intellectual Ventures Teams Up with GE to Fight Malaria

Source: GeekWire

Intellectual Ventures’s Global Good division has teamed up with General Electric to create a new test for malaria that’s designed to spot even the parasites that cause the disease, even in cases that would otherwise be missed by traditional testing.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Working Malaria Vaccine that Can't Get Money

Source: Newsweek

Tucked away in a few rooms within the Alexandria Life Science and Translational Research Center in Rockville, Maryland, is a 48-member biotechnology company pursuing a singular obsession to eradicate one of the greatest global health challenges in history, malaria. “We’re swinging for the knockout,” says Dr. Stephen Hoffman, who founded Sanaria in 2003. “This is not to take anything away from the incredibly successful work others are doing to distribute bed nets, create educational programs to increase malaria literacy or discover better methods to deliver existing antimalarials. Those efforts are vitally important. But we’re searching for the one blow that will finally end humanity’s fight against this ancient disease: a vaccine.”
Friday, February 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Source of Cells for Modeling Malaria

Source: MIT News

In 2008, the World Health Organization announced a global effort to eradicate malaria, which kills about 800,000 people every year. As part of that goal, scientists are trying to develop new drugs that target the malaria parasite during the stage when it infects the human liver, which is crucial because some strains of malaria can lie dormant in the liver for several years before flaring up.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Artificially Intelligent Robot Scientist 'Eve' Could Boost Search for New Drugs

Source: Science Daily

Eve, an artificially-intelligent 'robot scientist' could make drug discovery faster and much cheaper, say researchers writing in the Royal Society journal Interface. The team has demonstrated the success of the approach as Eve discovered that a compound shown to have anti-cancer properties might also be used in the fight against malaria.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pollution Kills Far More People Than Malaria Or Ebola In The Developing World

Source: Fast Company

Diseases like ebola, HIV, and malaria rightly get a lot of a headlines, because they can kill millions of people very quickly. But there's another problem that affects even more people, and it's not mentioned as much: pollution.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

The Global Fund in China: Success Beyond the Numbers

Source: The Lancet

In June, 2014, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria completed its support for operations in China.1 The 10-year partnership between China and the Fund measurably improved China's management of the three diseases, but it also created benefits that extend far beyond the metrics usually used to assess public health programmes. These benefits include deeper engagement with civil society organisations, stronger public health systems, and the implementation of innovative approaches for disease management. As China celebrates these achievements, it must also devise a roadmap for continuing its record of success, now that the Fund has left.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hold the Drug, Go Straight to the Source

Source: The New York Times

Ground-up artemisia plants, from which the anti-malaria drug artemisininis derived, appear to work much better than the refined drug does by itself, according to research at the University of Massachusetts.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bed Nets and Vaccines: Some Combinations May Worsen Malaria

Source: Medical Xpress

Combining insecticide-treated bed nets with vaccines and other control measures may provide the best chance at eliminating malaria, which killed nearly 600,000 people worldwide in 2013, most of them African children.
Friday, January 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Fight Against Malaria, At a Critical Juncture

Source: Devex

Lindsey Graham stood at a podium at the festooned Knight Conference Center in Washington’s Newseum in early December and addressed a room full of public health advocates, researchers and politicians gathered for the 2014 Malaria Champions Breakfast.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Insecticide-Treated Nets May Create Super Mosquitoes

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Two species of mosquitos have interbred, giving rise to hybrids that can resist the most potent weapons used against them.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Research, Policy, and the Private Sector: Sir Richard Feachem on Malaria

Source: Devpolicy

Sir Richard Feachem led the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from its inception in 2002 until 2007, just one part of his illustrious career in public health. We were fortunate to host Sir Richard in November for a Development Policy Centre seminar.
Monday, January 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria Vaccine? Genetic Engineering Turns Parasite Into Vaccine Candidate

Source: Genetic Literacy Project

Malaria is one of the Great Diseases. This mosquito-borne illness killed some 627,000 people in 2012, most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. Efforts in the last decade have cut mortality rates for the disease by an impressive 45 percent, but malaria continues to be a massive public health burden wherever it persists.
Monday, December 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to Combat Malaria with Mobile Phones

Source: Wired

Martin Edlund likes to say that malaria may one day be the first disease beaten by mobile phones. Yes, he happens to be the CEO of the non-profit Malaria No More, so he has to say stuff like that. But no, it's not a total pipedream.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Source: Wired

Africa, where malaria kills around 400,000 children every year, is set to top 1 billion mobile phone subscriptions by next year. That means that public health researchers will have one billion ways to communicate with -- and collect data from -- the people who are most at risk of catching malaria, a disease that has traditionally been extremely difficult to track.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Seven Breakthroughs That Will Transform Global Health

Source: The Guardian

Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world’s poorest? Vaccines for polio and other serious diseases; HIV anti-retrovirals; mosquito bed-nets with powerful insecticide infused into its fabric. All have transformed lives by dramatically reducing disease.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — South Asia

China's War On Malaria: A Tiny Nation Pushed Into A Test-Tube

Source: Forbes

Artepharm, a Cantonese medical drugs laboratory, has been engaged for the past few years in a remarkable venture against malaria, a health scourge that has long plagued humanity and has been responsible for every second human death since the Middle Ages.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in Africa?

Source: Newsweek

Aid organizations are selling discount drugs directly to shopkeepers in hopes of quelling the parasitic disease
Monday, November 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates to give $500 million for malaria, other diseases

Source: Yahoo News

US philanthropist Bill Gates on Sunday announced he will donate over $500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sri Lanka’s Malaria Elimination Efforts a “Spectacular Achievement”

Source: Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka has remained free of malaria for two years – an accomplishment the Global Health Group (GHG) described as a “spectacular achievement,” during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees recently.Dr. Richard Feachem
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Plagues on the Poor: What Ebola Can Learn From Malaria


If the U.S. spent more money on disease prevention and clinics—and less on vaccines and drugs—everyone in the world would stand to benefit
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

ExxonMobil fights malaria in Cameroon against backdrop of climate change

Source: Global Post

The fossil fuel giant is part of a public-private partnership with a complicated balance sheet.
Monday, September 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in Africa?

Source: Newsweek

NGOs are selling discount drugs directly to shopkeepers in hopes of quelling the parasitic disease.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Economic Case for Wiping Out Ebola

Source: BusinessWeek

On Aug. 22, the World Health Organization announced a draft strategy to combat the West African Ebola outbreak over the next six to nine months. That’s a sign that the global health body isn’t optimistic about a rapid end to an epidemic that has killed around 1,300 people so far. An extended outbreak of such a feared disease would have mounting economic costs.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Humans give malaria to mosquitoes – we need a vaccine to stop this

Source: The Guardian

On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to and from mosquitoes. Ross won a Nobel prize for his discovery, and, since then, mosquitoes have been enemy No 1 when it comes to defeating a disease that takes a life every single minute – most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. But on this day, let’s focus on approaching malaria in a surprising new way: a vaccine to stop humans from giving malaria to mosquitoes.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Circumcision cuts risk of HIV infection, experts say

Source: SciDev.Net

[MELBOURNE] Getting men to choose voluntary circumcision is seen as essential in preventing new cases of HIV infection in heterosexual men and women.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Connecting healthcare workers in rural Uganda with mobile technology

Source: Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium has encouraged the creation of parish coordinator roles as part of the integrated community case management (iCCM) programme in support of the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s village health team structure and as part of the inSCALE project in Uganda, which seeks to increase coverage of community health services. Acting as the link between village health team members (VHTs) and supervisors, the role of the parish coordinator facilitates the reporting, supervision and mobilisation processes, often through the use of mobile technology.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

How to Beat Malaria, Once and for All

Source: The New York Times

MALARIA is a seasonal disease; with tropical rains come the fevers. In the news media, malaria is also seasonal.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

New vaccine approach imprisons malaria parasite in blood cells

Source: Reuters

May 22 (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a vaccine against malaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, have developed a promising new approach intended to imprison the disease-causing parasites inside the red blood cells they infect.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Interactive Training and Rapid Diagnostic Testing Reduces Over-diagnosis of Malaria

Source: Vaccine News Daily

A study published on Friday in The Lancet Global Health showed countries where malaria is endemic should rollout malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at the same time new training programs are integrated into the medical care system.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

ExxonMobil Provides New Grant for Malaria

Source: Nigerian Tribune

The grants from ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation will support a wide range of research, advocacy, treatment and prevention programmes to accelerate progress in the fight against malaria, which still claims more than 627,000 lives each year, mostly children under the age of five.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Wants To Launch His Own Version Of Shark Week With The Actual Deadliest Creatures

Source: HuffPost Impact

No, not lions, tigers or bears -- the deadliest creatures on earth are mosquitoes.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fake medicines: It can happen to anyone

Source: Devex

As nurses, we deliver up to 80 percent of all health care services worldwide so it is crucial we are aware of the potential risks to patient safety, particularly those difficult to detect. Fake medicines are thus a real concern for us because of their ability to compromise the efforts we put into delivering the best possible care to our patients and the populations we protect from diseases like malaria.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria in Mozambique: trialling payment by results

Source: The Guardian

A pioneering new coalition promises to provide sustainable, cost-effective funding for disease control through development impact bonds. Will it work?
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

Source: NPR Blogs

"Our view on health is that we have a lot of interventions where we're saving lives for less than $2,000 per life saved."
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — South Asia

Engaging the Private Sector in the Global War Against Malaria in India

Source: The Hindu

The past decade has seen unprecedented progress against many of the world’s leading global health challenges, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Genetically engineered mosquitoes could be vital weapon against malaria

Source: The Guardian

An Oxford-based biotech firm is modifying the males of the species to be sterile, effectively making the killers kill themselves.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

A New Public-Private Strategy to Combat Malaria and Tuberculosis

Source: Devex

Tuberculosis and malaria are two of the world’s most pervasive yet neglected diseases. Together, both affect one-third of the world’s population: three out of seven people globally are infected or at risk for malaria or TB, and one in seven are actually infected.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Predicting Disease Outbreaks in a Changing Climate in Africa

Source: allAfrica

The IPCC report focuses on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Dabbawallas to Spread Dengue, Malaria Messages in Mumbai

Source: The Times of India

On Monday, the city's 50,000-odd dabbawallas will tag a health message-'prevent and control vector-borne diseases'-to each of the two lakh tiffin boxes that they carry throughout the day.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Balancing Profits Against Public Health in the Search for Innovative Vaccines

Source: Deutsche Welle English

There is no cure and no vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has killed about 70 people in Guinea. Vaccine expert Professor Adrian Hill tells DW why some vaccines take time. It's got to do with profit.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria research funding website leaves limited legacy

Source: SciDevNet

A website intended to rewrite the rules of how malaria research is funded failed to exploit the early potential of social media to link the public with researchers — but its one achievement, a new mosquito repellent is due to hit Tanzania’s market early next year.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Anti-Science Environmentalists Ban 'Neonic' Insecticides, Imperiling Global Health

Source: Forbes

Some of history’s greatest advances in public health – especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases – have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations. Because the market for public health pesticides is relatively small, however, most of these vital chemistries were developed for larger agricultural uses. Unfortunately, that source of new products is increasingly under threat from shortsighted environmentalism and the European embrace of “precautionary” regulation.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$23M Award at Notre Dame Fights Malaria and Dengue Fever

Source: Phys Org

The grant is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame's history.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria spreads to higher altitudes due to global warming

Source: Catholic Online

Malaria, the deadly mosquito-borne virus that brings debilitating chills and fever in many parts of Southeast Asia and Africa may soon seek higher altitudes on account of global warming, experts warn. New research has found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching malaria during hotter years.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Study - Climate Change Hampers Fight Against Malaria

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Unless disease-monitoring and control efforts are boosted and sustained, the disease will spread to new high-altitude areas, making populations living there particularly vulnerable because of a lack of immunity.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Asia-Pacific's fight against malaria gets a boost from Australia

Source: Devex

The fight to eradicate malaria in Asia-Pacific has been given a significant boost following Australia’s latest $16 million commitment to the region’s multi-donor trust fund against the mosquito-borne disease.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria vaccine development paves way for protective therapy

Source: Science Codex

Scientists have made a significant contribution towards the development of a vaccine to prevent malaria. Researchers have tested a preliminary form of a vaccine against the disease, which is spread by the bite of the mosquito and kills more than 600,000 people each year.
Friday, February 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dengue and West Nile vaccines come closer to reality

Source: Business Standard

Scientists have discovered a key aspect to how the dengue and West Nile viruses replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria eradication: Cure all?

Source: The Economist

A novel approach, using drugs instead of insecticides, may make it easier to eliminate malaria. But it is not without controversy.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Launch Of the Africa Health Forum

Source: Business Ghana

Groupe Jeune Afrique and the African Development Bank announce the launch of the AFRICA HEALTH FORUM, the first international forum focusing on the health economy in Africa, which will take place in Geneva on 16 and 17 May 2014.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Kenya gets boost in the the fight against non-communicable diseases

Source: Africa Science News

The fight against non-communicable diseases in Kenya is set to go a notch higher with the decision by the Novartis Pharma of Switzerland to diversify its drug products portfolio n the Kenyan market.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Achieving Global Health Equality Within a Generation

Source: Huffington Post Impact

When looking at the broad sweep of human history, people's health status was relatively similar across the world. Death rates for mothers and children were high, life expectancy was short, and health status was poor. This was the universal condition.Only in the past two centuries have we seen the world diverge.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation forms new health partnerships in South Africa

Source: Business Day

THE Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday announced two new partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at finding new tools to fight HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR Blogs

Wiping out malaria is still a top goal for many leaders in global health.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

New malaria discovery may lead to better vaccine and treatment

Source: Vaccine News Daily

Washington University School of Medicine said on Thursday that researchers have discovered how a form of malaria common in India, Southeast Asia and South America attacks blood cells.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO guidance 'risks killing children'

Source: The Guardian

Rapid fluid resuscitation of children in shock can cause death, a major trial showed in 2011, but the World Health Organisation has yet to update its advice to doctors, say scientists, warning thousands could be harmed
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 ways to accelerate global health in 2014

Source: Devex

The potential offered by the wealth of information is profound. If used carefully, it could give us a better insight into the journey of disease across different regions, antibiotic resistance or the uptake of treatment.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR

Wiping out malaria is a top goal for many leaders in global health. But when you look at the overall numbers on malaria, eradication almost seems like a pipe dream.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Over 3.3 million lives saved from malaria since 2000, says WHO

Source: Global Post

The World Health Organization has news about the international battle against malaria: it appears that humanity is winning.
Friday, December 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Over 3.3 million lives saved from malaria since 2000, says WHO

Source: Global Post

Good news for humanity: efforts to battle the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease appear to be working.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Victory for Rwanda

Source: U.S. News

The African country synonymous with violence is winning the battle against disease and death.
Friday, December 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

UNITAID approves grants of over $140 million

Source: UNITAID press release

UNITAID’s Executive Board has approved over $140 million in new funding. The organisation remains committed to children living with HIV/AIDS and will continue funding treatment for almost 100,000 children in Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. Additional investments have been targeted to further stabilize the paediatric HIV treatment market. UNITAID will also continue funding for existing projects to shape markets for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Malaria Deaths Hit A New Low

Source: NPR

The death rate from malaria dropped by 45 percent globally between 2000 and 2012, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. In Africa, the rate fell by almost half.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank, Global Fund, Partner to Expand Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Child Health

Source: The World Bank

Specifically, this partnership will identify opportunities to enable the inclusion of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB services in RBF projects funded by these organizations
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund: Quash Human Rights Barriers

Source: The Global Fund

In honor of International Human Rights Day, the Global Fund made an appeal to break down all human rights barriers to health, a critical factor in the goal of defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Domestic Investment in Health Grows in Zambia

Source: allAfrica

Increased trends of domestic investment in health by several African nations is highlighting efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the Global Fund has said.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

In Latest Report, Professors Propose Health Investment Framework

Source: The Harvard Crimson

A global public health report co-authored by Harvard University professor Lawrence H. Summers, School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, and Public Health professor Sue J. Goldie, among others, proposes an unprecedented investment framework to significantly reduce health disparities between the poorest and the wealthiest nations.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

African Countries Make New Investments in Health

Source: The Global Fund

A significant trend in increased domestic investment in health by several African nations is highlighting efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined with new contributions to the Global Fund.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — South Asia

What We Can Learn from How 1 Million People Died in India

Source: Slate

The Million Death Study (MDS) involves biannual in-person surveys of more than 1 million households across India. The study covers the period from 1997 to the end of 2013, and will document roughly 1 million deaths.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa, Climate Change Wages War on Bodies, not Just Lands

Source: Yahoo News

While the African Union concentrates on strategies to mitigate the devastating financial effects climate change is having on Africans, I worry instead about its impact on our bodies.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation to Double Donation to Fight AIDS

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said he plans to nearly double his foundation’s contribution to the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to as much as $500 million.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Study Says Health disparities "could be eliminated in a generation"

Source: Reuters

Health disparities between rich and poor nations could be banished in a generation by investment in research, vaccines and drugs to combat diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, global health experts said on Tuesday.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Global Fund needs global collaboration

Source: The Hill

We should fund the Global Fund, no doubt about it. But we should ask the right questions now and initiate a change that would make a difference in development assistance.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africans once protected against malaria face new risk

Source: Business Recorder

While virus P. vivax causes some 65 percent of malaria in India and is endemic in many other parts of the world, much of Africa has remained immune.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund Board Predicts Strong Replenishment

Source: Press Release

The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria concluded its 30th meeting today with a firm endorsement of efforts leading to the Fourth Voluntary Replenishment Conference to be hosted by the United States Government in Washington D.C. on 2-3 December 2013.
Friday, November 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Wipe out malaria by wiping out worst poverty

Source: Business Day

FRIDAY is Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Malaria Day, when Sadc health ministers meet in Malawi. The theme is, "Be free of malaria in the Sadc region." This is a goal that is quite achievable, as members have made great strides in their effort to eliminate malaria. According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) World Malaria Report 2012, globally, about 3.3-billion people were at risk of malaria in 2011. Populations living in sub-Saharan Africa have the highest risk of being infected; about 80% of cases and 90% of deaths occur in Africa; and children under five years of age and pregnant women are most affected.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched


Samsung and Mobilium Global have joined forces to distribute the Mobilium Smart Health app - a "Made For Africa" mobile health and wellness, smart device application.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia: Global Fight Against Killer Diseases At Crossroads

Source: allAfrica

One of the greatest successes in development aid over the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives and helped countries around the world beat back three epidemic diseases. Now it is appealing to the world's governments and the private sector for another three years of funding, with governments set to decide on further financing in early December in Washington DC.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How a restaurant chain pioneered a social impact bond to fight malaria

Source: Devex

Nando’s, the restaurant chain popular for its peri-peri chicken, recently announced a partnership creating the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond, a development impact bond to fund malaria reduction efforts in Mozambique.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines

Source: PharmaBiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavor to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund boss upbeat about funding future

Source: ABC Radio Australia

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria aims to find fifteen-billion dollars by December, as part of its replenishment efforts.
Friday, October 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

The long war: A new vaccine will help, but will not defeat malaria

Source: The Economist

ON OCTOBER 8th researchers announced progress in developing a vaccine against malaria. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical firm, said it would seek regulatory approval next year for this vaccine, called RTS,S. GSK and its charitable partner, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, also revealed new data showing the vaccine’s effect in children. This is good news, but RTS,S will not vanquish malaria by itself.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK aims to market world's first malaria vaccine

Source: The Baltimore Sun

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children in the trial, and to have reduced by around a quarter the number of malaria cases in infants.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malaria — the first disease beaten by mobile?

Source: Devex

The fight against malaria, one of the world’s most killer diseases, urgently needs an injection of mobile technology. “Malaria threatens half the globe. By some accounts it has killed more people than any other cause in human history,” Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, told Devex at the Social Good Summit in New York. The organization — founded by U.N. special envoy for the disease Ray Chambers — has just launched its new “Power of One” campaign, which links mobile phones around the world with a tracking program for malaria testing and treatment supplies, so individuals can track the impact of their charitable donations.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Multi-level strategy to fight malaria launched by UN development arm and partners

Source: United Nations News Centre

The United Nations and a coalition of partners today launched a comprehensive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which – despite tremendous advances – still kills an estimated 660,000 people each year and poses a major challenge to development. With the participation of world leaders gathered in New York for the 68th General Assembly, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria, which calls for greater coordinated action among different development sectors to tackle the disease, which exacts its deadliest toll in sub-Saharan Africa.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Niger and Global Fund sign €13.5 Million malaria grant

Source: Newstime Africa

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a 13.5 million euro grant agreement that will intensify efforts to provide families with mosquito nets and improve the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in Niger.
Friday, August 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria resurgence in Africa has health authorities scrambling for new weapons


Could the much-maligned DDT become the new pesticide of choice?
Monday, July 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African fever patients commonly over-diagnosed with malaria

Source: Medical Xpress

People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malaria eradication: is it possible? Is it worth it? Should we do it?

Source: The Lancet

The malaria map is rapidly shrinking. In 1900, endemic malaria was present in almost every country. Nowadays, the disease has been eliminated in 111 countries and 34 countries are advancing towards elimination.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — South Asia

Fake & sub-standard drugs: India, China may be worst offenders

Source: The Economic Times

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a humble disclosure to make: there is still no accurate estimate of the global scale of counterfeit medicines.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Global Fund Executive Director Calls for Focused Action to Fight Infectious Disease

Source: All Africa

Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said today that concentrated action will achieve significantly greater impact on infectious diseases that threaten maternal and child health.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia: Ellen Launches Reports On Women's Health, World Malaria 2012

Source: All Africa

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on all health partners to identify ways in which, working together, Africa can continue to ensure that the progress made is maintained and enhanced regarding women's health and in combating malaria in the African region.
Monday, January 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Drug-Resistant Malaria Flares As Funding For Research Tapers

Source: Think Progress

Global health experts worry that a new breed of malaria that has arisen in South Asia could reverse trends in the fight against the disease, since it has proven resistant to the drugs usually used to treat malaria infections.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Independent evaluation validates UNITAID’s approach

Source: Express Pharma

UNITAID has established itself as a pioneering innovative financing mechanism with a successful business model to improve product markets for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries, according to UNITAID’s first independent Five-Year Evaluation.
Monday, December 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa’s malaria fight, a $3.6B funding gap

Source: Devex

A global public-private partnership is exploring a number of options to fill a multibillion-dollar funding gap in efforts to fight malaria in Africa.
Friday, February 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Benin Makes Headway in Attempt to Reduce Deaths from Malaria

Source: The Guardian

Last year Benin announced free treatment for malaria, and has now followed up by cracking down on fake drugs and recruiting an army of outreach health workers
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria Scientist Celebrates Success After 24 Years

Source: Reuters

For Joe Cohen, a GlaxoSmithKline research scientist who has spent 24 years trying to create the world's first malaria vaccine, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 goes down as a fabulous day.
Friday, August 12, 2011 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Exploding Malaria With Human-Sized Microwaves

Source: Fast Company

Around the world almost a million people die from malaria each year, and half the planet's population, 3.3 billion people, live at risk of contracting the disease , mostly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Treatments for malaria, however, have never been a high priority for pharmaceutical companies. Most victims have little or no ability to pay, and profit margins on vaccines are thin. Now, our few lines of defen...
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