Senate Punts on Anti-Malaria Initiative

| 13 Sep 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

On September 6, 2007, the US Senate rejected an attempt by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to restore $30 million in anti-malaria funding requested by the Bush Administration for its President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). Coburn sought to amend the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2008 (which begins October 1, 2007).

World Bank Wasted Money and Lives in Buying Wrong Medicine

Roger Bate & Amir Attaran | 12 Sep 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Your editorial "World Bank Corruption" and Bret Stephens's Global View column "Mind the GAP" (both on Sept. 4) expose the myriad illicit practices of some World Bank staff and contractors, particularly in Indian health projects supported by Western taxpayers. The methods used by these bad actors to obfuscate their actions and delay, often permanently, their exposure are interesting.

Archbishop Pius Ncube Resigns

None | 11 Sep 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Bulawayo's Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube has resigned his position as Archbishop following allegations of adultery.  Africa Fighting Malaria has worked with Archbishop Pius in the past to highlight the outrageous abuses of the Mugabe regime and to support his work to protect human rights and keep the hope of liberty alive in Zimbabwe.  

A Field Report of Uganda's Efforts to Build a Comprehensive Malaria Control Program

Richard Tren, Roger Bate & Philip Coticelli | 04 Sep 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Malaria is the leading cause of illness and death in Uganda. AFM visited the country in February, 2007 to conduct interviews and gauge progress in fighting the disease. With the help of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development and other donors, the national government is scaling up existing treatment and prevention efforts while also developing a country-wide indoor residual spraying program.

Promises, promises and donor aid money

Richard Tren & Jasson Urbach | 20 Aug 2007 | MoneyWeb

It is estimated that the three major communicable diseases, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB, kill approximately 16,000 people every day. G8 leaders have promised to spend $60 billion to fight them, but in reality there is little behind this promise. Of the promised $60 billion it seems that only $15 billion is new money committed by the United States.

AFM Report: East and Southern Africa Malaria Control Conference

Richard Tren & Jasson Urbach | 16 Aug 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

AFM reports on the meeting of National Malaria Control Program Officials at the East and Southern African Malaria Control Conference, where new data was shared and control strategies discussed.

Is it possible to eliminate malaria in South Africa?

Jasson Urbach | 27 Jun 2007 | Free Market Foundation

The debate over eradication versus control has been played out before and politicians hoping to hitch their wagons to the eradication star would do well to understand some of the important disease control history.

Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria Awards

None | 15 Jun 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria held its annual award ceremony in splendid style at the Natural History Museum in New York City.  The star-studded event was chaired by Amy Robbins and included speeches by Richard Branson and a rapping duet by Jamie Foxx and Doug E. Fresh... 

A Health Plan for the G8: Focus on How Funds Are Spent

Roger Bate & Philip Coticelli | 06 Jun 2007 |

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was established in 2002 to procure health commodities for the poor. The U.S. taxpayer is the largest contributor, accounting for about a third of the $10 billion the fund has raised to date. This money has put 1.1 million people on HIV/AIDS drugs, treated 2.8 million cases of tuberculosis and distributed 30 million insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). It claims to have saved 1.8 million lives, a figure it is touting at this week's G8 Summit of the world's most powerful governments in Germany. It is asking for $15 billion more by 2010. While it has probably helped countries make progress against disease—if not as much as it claims—persistent problems should be addressed before G8 leaders increase global taxpayer contributions.

Robert Zoellick's Health Challenge at the World Bank

Roger Bate | 05 Jun 2007 |

AFM's Roger Bate comments on Robert Zoellick's new role as head of the World Bank. He suggests, "To make people healthier, he should step back and let other organizations take the lead".