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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 08, 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 03, 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 01, 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 07, 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 07, 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 09, 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 03, 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 09, 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 09, 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 06, 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 04, 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 03, 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 03, 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 08, 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 05, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched

Source: BizCommunity.com

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 05, 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 01, 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 08, 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 02, 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 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria resurgence in Africa has health authorities scrambling for new weapons

Source: Straight.com

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 09, 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 07, 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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