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The billion-dollar malaria moment

Mark Grabowsky | 28 Feb 2008 | Nature

Several years ago, I was explaining the value of a measles-vaccination campaign to a doctor at a paediatric hospital in northern Uganda, where, at that time, measles was endemic. The proposed campaign would control the disease and potentially enable the hospital to close the measles ward. The doctor responded that if there was also a campaign that controlled malaria he could "close the entire hospital".

Bush unveils new anti-malaria campaign in Tanzania

Staff Writers | 18 Feb 2008 | Agence France Presse

US President George W. Bush unveiled a new plan Monday to hand out millions of bed-nets to defend every Tanzanian child aged one to five from the mosquitoes that spread deadly malaria.

U.S. businessman to head U.N. malaria drive

Staff Writers | 14 Feb 2008 | Reuters

The United Nations appointed businessman and philanthropist Ray Chambers on Thursday as special envoy for malaria to lead an ambitious bid to slash deaths from the disease in the next few years.

Malaria eradication back on the table

Don de Savigny Marcel Tanner | 01 Feb 2008 | World Health Organization

After a lapse of almost 40 years, malaria eradication is back on the global health agenda. Inspired by the Gates Malaria Forum in October 2007, key organizations are starting to debate the pros and cons of redefining eradication as an explicit goal of malaria control efforts.

World Bank 'uncovers India fraud'

Staff Writers | 14 Jan 2008 | BBC News

The World Bank has said it has uncovered "serious incidents of fraud and corruption" in a review of five health projects it has backed in India. The multi-million dollar projects, some of which date back to 1997, involve HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis. "The probe has revealed unacceptable indicators of fraud and corruption, said World Bank head Robert Zoellick.

The US President's Malaria Initiative: 2 years on

Samuel Loewenberg | 08 Dec 2007 | The Lancet

Improving public health is about more than technical know-how and money. The real struggle is in creating efficient systems, working with local governments, and making sure that programmes are fully implemented. None of this happens without the political will to do so. Even with the best intentions, massive, multination health efforts have had a troubled history. These range from, at best, huge wastes of money, and at worst, unintended side-effects as severe as the problems they had set out to solve.

Europe and Africa

Vaclav Havel | 04 Dec 2007 | The Times

Some of the world's leading writers, including several Nobel Laureates, have called for action on Darfur and Zimbabwe.  AFM supports them, having highlighted the appalling abuses of the Mugabe regime.  We hope that the EU-Africa summit will put the spotlight on human rights abuses in Africa and will also expose the complicity of so many African leaders in the horror that is Darfur and Zimbabwe.

Global Fund Says Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets Reduce Malaria in Africa

Lisa Schlein | 27 Nov 2007 | Voice of America

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria reports nearly every family with children in Africa soon could have a bed net to protect against malaria. The Geneva-based Global Fund says it has delivered 46 million insecticide-treated bed nets to families in malaria zones, a 155 percent increase over last year's result of 18 million. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA.

Global Fund head hails progress in fight against malaria

Staff Writers | 27 Nov 2007 | Agence France Presse

The head of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday hailed "spectacular" progress against malaria, as the number of bed nets to protect against mosquitoes available rose by 155 percent.

We are in £ 1bn war against a child killer

Staff Writers | 19 Nov 2007 | The Sun (England)

Malaria is a killer. It claims the lives of more than one million people every year. That's nearly three thousand deaths every day. Put another way, malaria will have killed as many as half a dozen people by the time you've finished reading this article. In Africa, one in five of the children who die before their fifth birthday are killed by the disease. Around 500million people every year are also made severely ill and many require hospital treatment. Britain is at the forefront of the battle to stop this killer in its tracks.