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Report Optimistic on Africa Economies

Celia Dugger | 23 Jun 2010 | New York Times

Africa is often depicted as a place of war, disease and poverty, with a begging bowl extended to the world. But a new report paints a much more optimistic portrait of a continent with growing national economies and an expanding consumer class that offers foreign investors the highest rates of return in the developing world.

Some Hopeful Signs in the War on Malaria , But a Long Way to Go

Joseph Treaster | 09 Jun 2010 | The Huffington Post

The rainy season in East Africa is also the malaria season. Rain water collects in puddles and old tires and gutters. It also accumulates in discarded tin cans and in the folds of plastic shopping bags in garbage heaps.

Malaria epidemic hits southern Venezuela

Ian James | 05 Jun 2010 | Associated Press

Malaria cases have doubled in Venezuela so far this year as health officials confront an epidemic in a vast southern region where wildcat gold miners are often infected in remote jungle camps.

Chasing goals rather than solving problems?

Linda P. Fried & Lynn P. Freedman | 11 May 2010 | Global Health Magazine

We stand at an unprecedented moment in global health: advances in public health science enable us to project health trends into the future as never before and to understand how to prevent or effectively treat many of the significant global health concerns - or position us to figure out more effective approaches.

Zim's malaria time bomb

Claire Keeton | 09 May 2010 | Times LIVE

Zimbabwe and South Africa's Limpopo province are working on an agreement to eliminate malaria on both sides of the Limpopo River. Top malaria scientist Professor Maureen Coetzee said: "They are in the middle of drafting a trans-Limpopo malaria control application."

TANZANIA: Zanzibar's malaria success a potential banana skin

None | 25 Apr 2010 | IRIN News

Efforts to combat malaria in Zanzibar have seen the prevalence rate come down from 35 percent before 2008 to below 1 percent, but health officials are worried the gains could be reversed.

Millions spent on malaria but problems remain

Maria Cheng | 19 Apr 2010 | Associated Press

Health groups have spent more than a billion dollars and bought millions of bednets to fight malaria, and 20 African countries have increased their bednet coverage at least fivefold, new research says.

Study: Health aid made some countries cut budgets

Maria Cheng | 09 Apr 2010 | Associated Press

After getting millions of dollars to fight AIDS, some African countries responded by slashing their health budgets, new research says. For years, the international community has forked over billions in health aid, believing the donations supplemented health budgets in poor countries. It now turns out development money prompted some governments to spend on entirely different things, which cannot be tracked.

Ministry Courts Private Sector in Malaria Fight

None | 07 Apr 2010 | Times of Zambia

The Government has challenged the private sector to partner with the MoH to prevent and control the spread of malaria in the country. MoH Permanent Secretary Velepi Mtonga said the ministry had made a decision to scale up the Indoor residual spraying intervention to 54 districts this year, hence the involvement of the private sector so that they could reach more districts.

Zambia hailed for malaria drive

Sanday Chongo Kabange | 22 Mar 2010 | AfricaNews

Zambian health experts recently shared their successes in the fight against malaria with colleagues from across the continent during a three-day brainstorming session held in the Ghanaian capital Accra. During the UAM conference, Zambia was hailed as a global leader in malaria control.