Poor medicine for poor people

Roger Bate | 16 May 2008 | Globe and Mail

New field research shows that a third of anti-malaria drugs collected in six African cities fail at least one quality test, and aid agencies continue to fund untested, substandard drugs. The World Health Organization suggests that one-fifth of the approximately one million children who die every year from malaria die because of substandard and poorly prescribed medicines.

Prof. Chris Curtis

None | 15 May 2008 | Africa Fighting Malaria

It is with great saddness that we report the death on May 14 2008 of Professor Chris Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Prof. Curtis was a medical entomologist and a great malaria scientist whose field and laboratory research advanced malaria control greatly.

Malaria-- New Tools Needed to Combat an Old Disease

Richard Tren | 28 Apr 2008 | The Cutting Edge

April 25th marked World Malaria Day---an occasion to assess progress, galvanize support, and of course, solemnly recognize the suffering that this devastating disease causes.

Foolishness & Foreign Aid

Richard Tren & Philip Coticelli | 25 Apr 2008 | New York Post

Today is World Malaria Day; all three presidential candidates will likely mark the occasion with fresh promises on foreign aid, malaria and poverty. Problem is, the "solutions" will mostly boil down to spending more money with less oversight - ignoring a vital difference between the UN's sorry record and recent US experience.

AFM Call to Action on IRS

None | 21 Apr 2008 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is a highly effective method of malaria control recommended by the World Health Organization. Unfortunately it remains underutilized in sub-Saharan Africa, where, each year, malaria kills over a million people and drains the continent of US$12 billion. World Malaria Day 2008 focuses on malaria across borders - some of the best cross-border malaria control programs rely heavily on IRS. Yet most donor agencies are loath to strengthen IRS programs in Africa, train medical entomologists to run them, and invest in new insecticides.

World Malaria Day - Just another PR swat at malaria?

Jasson Urbach | 17 Apr 2008 | Africa Fighting Malaria

April 25 has this year been declared World Malaria Day. The day has been set aside on the calendar as an opportunity for malaria-free countries to learn about this age-old disease that has plagued mankind for centuries. A day for malaria afflicted countries to learn from each other's efforts about how to control the disease.

AFM Director Richard Tren Comments on Lancet Editorial

Richard Tren | 07 Apr 2008 | Center for Global Development

I think that Sabot and Feachem raise some excellent points and it is vital to ensure that there is ongoing debate about elimination and eventual eradication in this way - which is to say a constructive and positive way. I have a few comments on specific points and then want to make a couple of larger, overarching points.

My Point of View -Subsidies for the rich in poor countries

Roger Bate | 06 Feb 2008 | The Daily Times

The World Health Organisation says 30 percent of the world's population lacks access to life-saving medicines because of poor health infrastructure. Activists say prices are the problem and have tried to lower them by browbeating western pharmaceutical companies and encouraging competition by cheaper copycat "generics." Their latest scheme is to subsidise local production in developing countries--with many unintended consequences.

Paging Dr. Ricardo

Roger Bate | 04 Feb 2008 | American Enterprise Institute

Efforts to increase the poor's access to medicines are nothing new. Buying products from quality manufacturers and urging these manufacturers to lower prices for the poorest markets have worked best; other policies have largely failed or are still on the drawing board. But the latest strategy--to encourage local pharmaceutical production--could also be entirely counterproductive. It could lower drug quality and increase incentives for protectionism, ultimately reducing access.

Lessons from other nations in malaria fight

Carlos Odora | 31 Jan 2008 | New Vision

Uganda is stepping up its efforts in the long fight to control malaria and reduce the burden of the disease. The Spraying of DDT to homesteads will soon be extended to new districts. Owing to the application of insecticides on the inside walls of houses, mosquitoes that spread the deadly plasmodium parasite will be repelled from entering houses.