Counting bites

None | 18 Sep 2008 | Economist

At first blush, the change seems like staggeringly good news. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just issued a new report on malaria. The agency's experts estimate that each year there are some 250m cases of malaria globally. That is a huge fall from the previous 350m-500m figure in a 2005 report.

Call for shake-up of aid to Africa

Clive Cookson | 09 Sep 2008 | Financial Times

The Financial Times reports, "The only hope for alleviating Africa's "dire situation" of poverty and malnutrition is for aid agencies to forget about supporting traditional farming and make full use of "modern agricultural technology" including genetically modified crops, Sir David King, former government chief scientist, will say on Monday."  Meanwhile, developed and developing countries agreed to take bold steps to reform the way aid is given and spent. After three days of intense negotiations, they endorsed the Accra Agenda for Action.

Anti-malaria campaign starts in Paris

None | 09 Sep 2008 | Afrique en ligne

An international anti-malaria campaign was due to be launched here Tuesday with the inauguration, by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, of a photo exhibition on the disease that kills between two and three million people every year, one of the project's initiator, Michèle Barzach, told PANA.

US, Tanzania Leaders Discuss Malaria

Scott Stearns | 29 Aug 2008 | Voice of America

President Bush's malaria initiative has reached some 25 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last three years. Nowhere has it had a more dramatic impact than on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, where insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying have reduced malaria's incidence from about 20 percent of the population to just one percent.

US triples AIDS, malaria, TB funds for poorest countries

None | 30 Jul 2008 | Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed legislation tripling funds to fight the killer diseases of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the world's poorest countries, mainly in Africa. Congress approved a package earlier this month which lifted funding for the five-year program from 15 billion dollars, set in 2003, to the 48 billion dollars signed into law by Bush.

U.S. Senate passes bill to boost global AIDS funds

Richard Cowen | 16 Jul 2008 | Reuters South Africa

The U.S. Senate, fending off opposition from some conservative Republicans, voted on Wednesday to spend $48 billion to fight AIDS worldwide over the next five years.

Eradicating Malaria Worldwide Seen as a Distant Goal, at Best

David Brown | 26 Apr 2008 | Washington Post

A generation after the first attempt failed, people are once more talking seriously about eradicating malaria. The fight against the ancient, mosquito-borne disease has newfound support almost everywhere, including in the National Basketball Association. The world's richest charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is leading the charge. There's an effective drug -- artemisinin -- that wasn't around 30 years ago, and a consumer product -- insecticide-treated bed nets -- that together are saving tens of thousands of lives.

House Approves Global AIDS Program

Jim Abrams | 02 Apr 2008 | Associated Press

The House voted Wednesday to triple to more than $10 billion a year U.S. humanitarian spending on fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa and other stricken areas of the world.

UN Foundation Charity Launches Faith-Based Malaria Eradication Drive

Margaret Besheer | 01 Apr 2008 | Voice of America

AFM note: AFM welcomes new support for malaria control initiatives and given the trust and reach that many churches have in African countries, they seem like an obvious choice to manage insecticide treated net campaigns. However, AFM is disappointed, yet again, that philanthropists and faith-based groups choose to support only ITN campaigns. Malaria control is about much more than just giving away ITNs. Indoor spraying activities need support and most African countries need to train and employ medical entomologists - why not provide funding for these crucial and life-saving activities when there is already so much support for ITNs? Further, Ted Turner's personal view that the world is overpopulated, expressed recently with invective in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, seems at odds with the project described below, which is designed to save lives.

Time to take control

| 28 Feb 2008 | Nature

"The billion-dollar malaria effort is flying blind," declares Mark Grabowsky in a Commentary on page 1051 of this issue. And given that Grabowsky is malaria coordinator of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which disburses almost half the US$1 billion spent annually on malaria control, we might do well to listen.