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Soccer-Players kick off World Cup anti-malaria fight

Katie Reid | 17 Oct 2009 | Reuters

Footballers are teaming up with governments, companies and international health campaigners to push for action against malaria ahead of next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Making Money Making Bed Nets

Joe De Capua | 17 Sep 2009 | Voice of America

One of the most effective ways of preventing malaria is the use of insecticide-treated bed nets. And while most of the bed nets used in Africa are distributed for free, Africa has developed a thriving business selling them to the public.

Government targets 2013 for malaria eradication

Chinedum Philip | 27 Aug 2009 | NEXT

A new year, 2013 has been set aside by the Federal Government as the new terminal year for the eradication of malaria in the country. The Minister for Health Babatunde Osotimehin who disclosed this on Wednesday said the new date will enable the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) earlier set for 2015.

IRS key to combating malaria - Raphaka

Chandapiwa Baputaki | 25 Aug 2009 | Mmegi (Gaborone)

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Thato Raphaka has said it is critical to continue to focus on malaria vector control activities through Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) so that 80 percent coverage is achieved as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Gov't reintroduces DDT chemical

Bashi Letsididi | 07 Jul 2009 | Sunday Standard

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 12 years after its use was discontinued, DDT is being reintroduced in Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) for malaria control. The ministry's spokesman, Temba Sibanda, says that the plan is to pilot DDT's re-introduction in one district this October and then scale it up to other districts in subsequent years.

Malaria, DDT, and desperation in Uganda

Derrick Jackson | 27 Jun 2009 | Boston Globe

With malaria sapping so much life and potential, Uganda has been driven to spray the interior of homes with DDT.

Malaria, Politics and DDT

None | 23 May 2009 | Wall Street Journal

In 2006, after 25 years and 50 million preventable deaths, the World Health Organization reversed course and endorsed widespread use of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria. So much for that. Earlier this month, the U.N. agency quietly reverted to promoting less effective methods for attacking the disease. The result is a victory for politics over public health, and millions of the world's poor will suffer as a result.

Evolution-proof Insecticides May Stall Malaria Forever

None | 07 Apr 2009 | Science Daily

Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete.

Gasabo District spends Rwf 240m on indoor mosquito spraying

Grace Mugoya | 30 Mar 2009 | New Times (Kigali)

At least Rwf 240m has been spent in implementing the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) project in Gasabo District, as part of the fight against malaria. This was disclosed last week by Eric Rutoni Kayoge, the IRS Operations Manager.

EU pesticide ban 'will harm malaria control'

Sharon Davis | 25 Mar 2009 | SciDev.Net

Hopes of overturning a European Union (EU) pesticides ban that scientists believe could hamper malaria control in developing countries have been dashed. The United Kingdom said last week that it had failed to get support from other EU countries for an assessment of the impact of removing a range of pesticides from use.