and Events during May 2003
Science Monitor reports on the Push
to Fund DDT in fight against malaria in Africa
hope of a malaria vaccine - Oxford scientists find a
vaccine that is 10 times better than previous vaccines.
vaccine could be an important breakthrough, but innoculating
people is a difficult and expensive task. The role of vector
control and indoor residual spraying will still play a vital
role in malaria control.
Government proposes pro IP, market based solutions to public
health problems. Read the US
proposals to the 56th World Heatlh Assembly.
supports these proposals. Investment in poverty diseases
is essential, but will be best achieved in cooperation with
the research drug industry and by providing incentives,
rather than through confrontation and taxation. The proposals
also correctly recognise that patents play little role in
denying access to drugs. Access to drugs is very low in
Africa, but 99% of essential drugs are off patent - how
can patents block access when they don't exist?
development - Roche and Ranbaxy form a partnership to produce
a new artemesinin based drug therapy. See the MMV
press release. AFM comments on TechCentralStation.
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) marches against Greenpeace.
CORE accuses the radical environmentalist organisation obe
being a racist and elitist organisation that keeps Africa
sick and poor. AFM's commentary
News! There is hope that mosquito resistance to insecticides
can be beaten. Scientists
Upbeat that Malaria Can Be Beaten (The Star)
the problem of insecticide resistance is vital for malaria
control. However with Green pressure against the use of
insecticides and the refusal of donor agencies to fund spraying
this discovery may not make a real difference. Also as countries
adopt the precautionary principle, the prospects of the
development of new insecticides is pretty bleak.
(US) on the use of DDT in South Africa. Jason Beaubien reports
on the lives being saved by DDT, even though Green activists
campaign against it and donor agencies refuse to fund its
use. (requires Real Player or Windows Media Player)
LIVES TODAY AND TOMORROW
latest Occasional Paper on Research and Development for
AIDS Drugs. Dr. Roger Bate.