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Ghana Loses $762 Million Annually In Malaria Control

Shirley Asiedu-Addo | 22 Jan 2008 | ModernGhana.com

About $762 million is lost in controlling malaria in the country yearlyThe loss includes labour loss, cost of transportation to facilities, cost to families and cost in treating patients.According to the Minister of Health, Major Courage Quashigah (retd), if the cost of preventable and avoidable diseases continued to increase, it might be necessary to sell the country to pay for the ill-health of its people.

South Africa: Malaria Drugs at State Clinics From Next Year

Tamar Kahn | 11 Dec 2007 | Business Day (South Africa)

The health department will start providing malaria-prevention drugs at state clinics next year, a move likely to be of particular benefit to low- income migrant workers who travel to high-risk areas of SA and southern Africa.

Namibia: Ministry Ready to Fight Malaria

Surihe Gaomas | 13 Nov 2007 | New Era (Windhoek)

Although malaria is preventable and curable, the disease remains the number one killer of children and pregnant woman in sub-Saharan Africa, and Namibia is no exception. Permanent Secretary of Health and Social Services Kahijoro Kahuure in a recent press statement said everyone should take steps to protect themselves from malaria. Such steps include "making sure that houses in malaria areas are sprayed with insecticide against mosquitoes and that people sleep under insecticide treated mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites".


4.5m Malawians suffer from malaria every year

Jacob Nankhonya | 13 Jul 2007 | The Daily Times

Malawi's health Minister said on Tuesday that Malawia suffers from 4.5 million cases of malaria each year.

Shs3.7 Billion Malaria, ARV Drugs Rot in National Medical Stores

Agness Nandutu | 12 Jul 2007 | AllAfrica.com

As thousands of Ugandans die everyday of HIV/Aids and malaria, drugs worth about Shs4 billion are rotting in the National Medical Stores Entebbe.

Chaka Chaka joins fight against malaria

Staff Writers | 12 Apr 2007 | Independent Online

Anti-malaria medication must be made affordable and governments need to throw their weight behind efforts to combat the disease, singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka said on Thursday.

Tutu urges AU to increase health care budget

Sapa | 29 Jan 2007 | SABC News

The African Union (AU) should allocate 15% or more of its budget to health care, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said today. In a letter written to the AU ahead of its summit to be held this week, Tutu said that over 40 million Africans had died from diseases over the past five years.

Africa's failed health plan seen costing 40 mln lives

Jeremy Clarke | 21 Jan 2007 | Reuters Foundation Alert Net

African governments' failure to deliver on a 2001 vow to spend 15 percent of budgets on health has cost the continent 40 million lives, activists including Nobel winners Desmond Tutu and Wangari Maathai said on Sunday.

Blame Health ministry for spread of Rift Valley fever

Mundia Mundia, Jr. | 10 Jan 2007 | Kenya Times

Mundia Mundia, Jr. criticizes the Kenyan Ministry of Health for its approach to controlling Rift Valley fever and other public health threats.

Uganda: Politicians implicated in Global Fund scam excluded from gov't

None | 24 May 2006 | IRIN News

Uganda's former health minister Jim Muhwezi has been excluded from the new cabinet after allegations of corruption involving Global Fund money.