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Medical Stores loses billions as malaria drugs run out

Cyprian Musoke | 20 Aug 2010 | New Vision

While the National Medical Stores (NMS) cannot supply enough malaria drugs to meet the needs of Ugandans, it spends billions of shillings importing huge quantities of less needed drugs which end up expiring, the Auditor General's investigation has revealed.

Could selling cheap malaria drugs in private stores harm children's health?

Sarah Boseley | 17 Aug 2010 | guardian.co.uk

A few years ago any fever was treated as malaria because many children suffered from malaria and there was no simple diagnostic test. This situation has changed, thanks to advances in malaria prevention.

Scientists Develop New Drug Treatment for Malaria

None | 17 Aug 2010 | US News and World Report

As part of the £1.5 million project, researchers are now testing the drug to determine how the treatment could progress to clinical trials. The drug is made from simple organic molecules and will be cheaper to mass produce compared to existing therapies.

Uganda's revised Bill against counterfeits draws reactions

None | 16 Aug 2010 | Business Daily (Nairobi)

The Uganda office of the WHO and the country's National Drug Authority are satisfied that the new version of the controversial Counterfeit Goods Bill does not threaten the importation and production of generic drugs by conflating them with fake drugs, as the first draft of the bill did.

With Concerted Efforts and Policies, We Can Stop Malaria Deaths

Joy Phumaphi | 09 Aug 2010 | The East African

Ten years ago, 40 African heads of state convened in Nigeria and signed the Abuja Declaration, an ambitious plan to cut Africa's malaria burden in half by the end of 2010.

China 'exploits loophole' to beat African countries to World Bank aid money

Malcolm Moore | 05 Aug 2010 | Daily Telegraph (UK)

China is depriving poor countries of badly-needed cash to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by exploiting a loophole to drain a World Bank fund, a former official has complained.

Can Malaria Be Beaten?

Jeremy Laurance | 05 Aug 2010 | The Independent

When I see a packet of malaria pills I think of that famous Clint Eastwood line from Dirty Harry, delivered as he pointed his .44 magnum at a bank robber and neither of them could remember how many shots he had fired, or whether there was still one left in the chamber.

Demand for malaria drug soars

Richard van Noorden | 03 Aug 2010 | Nature

From bust to boom to bust again: artemisinin, the key ingredient of front-line antimalarial drugs, is entering the third chapter of its turbulent history. A decade ago, the compound — available only from the sweet wormwood plant Artemisia annua — was scarce and expensive.

AU mulls use of DDT to fight malaria

Sebastian Mrindoko | 28 Jul 2010 | Daily News (Tanzania)

The AU member states are looking at the possibility of using DDT safely to eliminate malaria mosquitoes which has continued to claim thousands of lives every year.

Stop Taxing the Fight Against Malaria

Yoweri Museveni & Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete | 26 Jul 2010 | Wall Street Journal Europe

This month Uganda has the honor of hosting the annual meeting of the African Union, which brings together more than 40 heads of state to discuss issues of critical importance to our continent. More than ever before, Africa needs strategic leadership, vision and courage to address the challenges we face.