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Resistance spread 'compromising' fight against malaria

Matt McGrath | 05 Apr 2012 | BBC News

Scientists have found new evidence that resistance to the front-line treatments for malaria is increasing. They have confirmed that resistant strains of the malaria parasite on the border between Thailand and Burma, 500 miles (800km) away from previous sites.

It takes more than a village to fight malaria in Zambia

Michael Gerson | 05 Apr 2012 | Washington Post

In a global anti-malaria movement I saw begin in Oval Office meetings and international summits, Mongu is at the end of a very long road. Located in western Zambia, about 75 miles from the Angolan border, the town is not close to anywhere. The rivers of the region are more like swamps filling a flood plain, their courses hidden by tall grasses — from the air, wide, serpentine bands of lime green.

Optimizing Insecticide Resources: Global Trends in Vector Control

Tanya Tillett | 01 Apr 2012 | Environmental Health Perspectives

Although insecticides have helped lower worldwide rates of infectious disease, the use of these chemicals must be monitored and controlled to avoid pest resistance and minimize associated risks to human health and the environment.

Is the Tide Turning in favor of the Ngozi Nomination?

None | 28 Mar 2012 | NYU Development Research Institute

US World Bank nominee under fire over book By Robin Harding, Financial Times: Jim Yong Kim, the US nominee to head the World Bank, is coming under fire over a book he co-authored that criticises "neoliberalism" and "corporate-led economic growth", arguing that in many cases they had made the middle classes and the poor in developing countries worse off.

Brics help improve health in poorest countries

Janice Roberts | 26 Mar 2012 | Business Live

Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA are injecting new resources, innovation and momentum into efforts to improve health in the world's poorest countries, according to a report by Global Health Strategies initiatives, released in New Delhi on Monday.

Obama names surprise World Bank candidate Jim Yong Kim

None | 23 Mar 2012 | BBC News

President Obama has nominated Korean-born US academic Jim Yong Kim to be the next president of the World Bank. The nomination of the Dartmouth College president, a doctor and former director of the HIV/Aids department at the World Health Organization, is a surprise.

Zanzibar lowers malaria infections to one percent

Bryan Cohen | 22 Mar 2012 | Vaccine News Daily

According to an official with the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program, the Zanzibar government has successfully reduced malaria infections down to one to two cases per week. Abdullah Ally made the statement when discussing the Malaria Control Campaign in Zanzibar, which aims to reduce the transmission of malaria to zero.

Biomed Analysis: Why Africa must make its own drugs

Priya Shetty | 22 Mar 2012 | SciDev.Net

Many resource-poor countries, especially those in Africa, have always depended on other countries for their drug supplies, either through foreign aid or buying cheap generics from the pharmacy of the developing world — India.

Theft of drugs slows down war on malaria

Gatonye Gathura | 14 Mar 2012 | Daily Nation

The sale of expired medicines and theft of drugs from public hospitals have hampered a government programme to supply subsidised malaria treatment in the country. A spot-check by the Nation in the city centre and two residential areas of Nairobi in the past two days showed the medicines subsidised through the Global Fund have largely been out of stock since the beginning of the year.

KENYA: Malaria drug effectiveness hit by under-dosage

None | 12 Mar 2012 | IRIN News

Lack of adherence to the full course of Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) treatment is threatening the effectiveness of the drug recommended as first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria in countries where the disease is endemic, according to recent studies.