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Tanzania strives to cut malaria deaths

None | 15 Jan 2010 | Afrique en ligne

Tanzanian health authorities Friday embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce incidences of malaria in the East African country by at least 80 percent over the next two years.

Better forecasting urged to avoid drug waste

Elie Dolgin | 11 Jan 2010 | Nature Medicine

Here's a predicament you don't hear about too often: in November, Dutch health officials found that they had too much flu vaccine on their hands. Early on in the swine flu pandemic, they had ordered two doses of the H1N1 vaccine for each of the country's 16.5 million citizens. But due to low uptake of the shots, the country was left with an excess of close to 20 million doses.

New form of malaria threatens Thai-Cambodia border

None | 28 Dec 2009 | Associated Press

O'treng village doesn't look like the epicenter of anything. Just off a muddy rutted-out road, it is nothing more than a handful of Khmer-style bamboo huts perched crookedly on stilts, tucked among a tangle of cornfields once littered with deadly land mines.

Africa's fake pharmaceuticals problem

Fiacre Vidjingninou | 15 Oct 2009 | Telegraph.co.uk

A few kilometres from Benin's conference centre where France's former president Jacques Chirac introduced a global campaign against counterfeit drugs this week, hundreds of vendors make brisk business peddling all types of bogus pharmaceuticals.

Fake Malaria Drugs Spread, Breed Resistance to Lethal Parasite

Simeon Bennett | 09 Oct 2009 | Bloomberg

Fake malaria drugs from China are breeding resistance to life-saving medications in Cambodia and threatening to derail global efforts to eradicate the disease, a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found.

Substandard Drugs Fast Becoming Threat to Kenyans

Gatonye Gathura | 27 Sep 2009 | Daily Nation

Substandard and counterfeit medicines are becoming the single biggest threat to the health of Kenyans. Initially, malaria tablets and pain killers were the major cause for concern but recently, contraceptives, condoms and even tuberculosis medicines have joined the list.

Overprescribing of antimalarials

Clare Sansom | 25 Sep 2009 | The Lancet Infectious Diseases

At the recent London International Development Centre meeting on the influences of the behaviours of patients and health-care workers on clinical outcome, researchers highlighted the possibility that prescribing behaviour in developing countries means that many people without malaria receive antimalarials, raising the risk of resistance and side-effects.

Malaria parasite's resistance to top drug grows: WHO

Tan Ee Lyn | 23 Sep 2009 | Reuters

The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that the parasite which causes malaria is increasingly resistant to artemisinin, the best drug around, and failure to contain this trend would bring serious consequences.

Fake Drugs: China Apologises to Nigeria

Kingsley Nwezeh | 21 Sep 2009 | This Day

Following cases of importation of unwholesome drugs into Nigeria by Chinese companies, China has formally apologised for flooding the country with such harmful products.

Counterfeit malaria drugs kill thousands in Africa

Alison Walkley | 14 Sep 2009 | MediaGlobal

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stepped up their efforts to combat the creation and distribution of counterfeit malaria pills in Africa. WHO estimates that upwards of 2,000 children a day are being killed as a result of taking these phony medications.