Uganda in double blow against malaria - with local drugs

Michael Wakabi | 05 Apr 2010 | The East African

Uganda is close to striking a double blow in East Africa's fight against malaria after two of its drug manufacturing plants achieved certification critical to in-country manufacture of new age treatments for the killer disease.

Required Testing for Malaria Will Save Lives and Money

None | 31 Mar 2010 | Daily Nation

A new requirement by the World Health Organisation that all suspected malaria cases be tested before medication is welcome, and the government must move with speed to implement it.

Country Ahead of Who Malaria Treatment Guidelines - TRAC

Irene V. Nambi & James Karuhanga | 13 Mar 2010 | New Times (Kigali)

Following the release of new malaria treatment guidelines by the WHO, the acting Director General of TRAC-plus, Dr. Corrine Karema, has noted that Rwanda is ahead of the new recommendations.

Malaria control experts held

Charles Ariko, Edward Anyoli & Justus Akampa | 10 Mar 2010 | New Vision

Three top officials in the Ministry of Health who were in charge of the malaria control programme were yesterday remanded to Luzira Prison after they were charged with corruption.

Coartem stocks run out, 300 die daily

Mubatsi Asinja Habati | 09 Mar 2010 | The Independent

Rachael Nalubega, 10, sits on her mother's lap near the entrance into one of the children's wards at Uganda's top medical facility, Mulago National Referral Hospital. Nalubega's eyes are motionless and unblinking.

Drug-resistant malaria 'growing' in Cambodia

Guy DeLauney | 25 Feb 2010 | BBC News

Parasites are developing resistance to one of the most important anti-malaria drugs, according to experts. Artimisinin has been highly effective, particularly in places where resistance to other drugs has developed.

In Kenya, health experts call for change of strategies

Cosmas Butunyi | 22 Feb 2010 | The East African

Jolted by reports of poor-quality anti-malaria drugs circulating in parts of eastern Africa, Kenyan health experts are calling for a change of strategy in the fight against malaria.

Pharmaceutical Expert Hails Country's Malaria Fight

Irene Nambi | 11 Feb 2010 | New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda's malaria battle has been identified as one of the best practices that other African countries should emulate if the disease is to be eliminated in the near future. These remarks were made by Hans Rietveld, the Director of Global Access and Marketing in Novartis, a reknown pharmaceutical company in the world.

Africa malaria drugs 'low-grade'

None | 08 Feb 2010 | BBC News

Africans suffering from malaria may be getting sub-standard treatment, a study by US-based experts has suggested. Researchers from the Pharmacopeia group found that between 26% and 44% of anti-malaria drugs in Uganda, Senegal and Madagascar were of poor quality.

Districts stuck with expired malaria drugs

Ben Okiror | 29 Jan 2010 | New Vision

Several districts are stuck with expired anti-malarial drugs, yet there is a shortage of drugs in health centres and hospitals. The drugs, mostly Homapak, are kept in the stores of the health facilities in the districts, waiting to be collected and destroyed by the National Drug Authority (NDA).