Anti-disease funds could be harming health systems

Sarah Boseley | 19 Jun 2009 | The Guardian

The vast sums of money ploughed into efforts to fight diseases such as Aids, TB and malaria in the last 10 years have saved many lives but have also sometimes undermined health systems in poor countries, according to a survey by the World Health Organisation and others published today.

Malaria: The view from South Africa

Nicolas Brulliard | 11 Jun 2009 | GlobalPost

More than three decades after much of the developed world banned DDT use, South Africa maintains the maligned pesticide as a cornerstone of its malaria control strategy.

Report Says Bank's AIDS Efforts Are Failing

Celia Dugger | 30 Apr 2009 | New York Times

A vast majority of the World Bank's projects to combat AIDS failed to perform satisfactorily over the past decade, with the ones in Africa, the region at the epicenter of the pandemic, registering the worst record, according to a new internal evaluation.

Ugandan spy jailed for Aids fraud

None | 09 Apr 2009 | BBC News

A Ugandan spy who set up a bogus charity and embezzled thousands of dollars of funding meant for Aids patients has been jailed for 10 years.

SADC E8 to Develop Framework on Malaria

Wezi Tjaronda | 05 Mar 2009 | New Era (Windhoek)

Health ministers of the SADC Elimination 8 countries have called on SADC to develop a costed framework for cross-border malaria collaboration among the E8 countries within one year.

Doctors group: Zimbabwe ripe for new epidemics

Donna Bryson | 17 Feb 2009 | Associated Press

Zimbabwe's entire health system has collapsed and the southern African nation now overwhelmed by cholera will soon see other epidemics, a worsening AIDS crisis and the effects of widespread malnutrition, an international doctors group said Tuesday.

Three cases of malaria reported in Durban

None | 15 Feb 2009 | Sunday Tribune

Durban health officials were called to a Mount Edgecombe residential estate this week after a case of malaria was reported. Two other cases were reported in other parts of the city.

2009 Annual Letter from Bill Gates: Progress on Malaria

None | 27 Jan 2009 | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Malaria kills nearly 1 million children per year, but companies and governments have invested very little in new drugs and vaccines because the disease has been eliminated from rich countries.

Zimbabwe Could Use Some U.S. Attention

Roger Bate | 22 Jan 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Morgan Tsvangirai has nominally been Zimbabwe's prime minister since September, but he may never actually get to hold the post. Monday's collapse of power-sharing talks between Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai marks the latest in a decade-long stream of bad news for this wretched country.

Malaria could hit Zim

None | 20 Jan 2009 | The Citizen

Zimbabweans face a potential malaria outbreak this year with 1,63 million people at risk of contracting the disease. According to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership, a global public-private partnership aimed at fighting malaria, an outbreak may become a reality due to health teams being diverted to control the cholera outbreak, no Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) or Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN's) were rolled out.