Press Releases

DNDi Partners With Pharma, Biotech, Academia, Public Health Institutes & NGOs to Deliver Lifesaving Drugs

24 Jun 2008 | DNDi

NEW YORK - June 24, 2008 - Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), an independent, non-profit pharmaceutical organization, will bring together more than 150 scientists, researchers, academics and global health leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America on June 26, 2008, to discuss how international research partnerships can best develop and deliver new lifesaving drugs for neglected diseases.

World Malaria Day Call To Action On Indoor Residual Spraying

Africa Fighting Malaria | 23 Apr 2008 | Medical News Today

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is a highly effective method of malaria control recommended by the World Health Organization, but it is underutilized and under-funded. Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM) maintains that all methods of malaria control must be scaled up - not just insecticide-treated nets - in order to reduce the 1 million deaths caused by deadly mosquitoes annually.

Zanzibar's impressive attack on malaria

PLoS Medicine | 05 Nov 2007 | Eurekalert.org

Research in Zanzibar, Tanzania has found a remarkable fall in the number of children dying from malaria. Within a three-year period (2002 to 2005), malaria deaths among the islands' children dropped to a quarter of the previous level and overall child deaths to half.

Government Of Madagascar and Coalition of Global Partners Launch Measles and Malaria Prevention Campaign

22 Oct 2007 | American Red Cross

The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, is launching a national health campaign to vaccinate more than 2.8 million children against measles and distribute more than 1.5 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria—diseases which take the lives of more than 1 million African children each year.

RTI International Launches Anti-malaria Spraying Campaign in Rwanda

28 Aug 2007 | Research Triangle International

RTI International has launched an anti-malaria spraying campaign that will treat 155,000 households in Rwanda as part of the President's Malaria Initiative.

Edible Fish Feasts Beat Malaria

14 Aug 2007 | Science Daily

The emerging threat of pesticide resistance means that biological malaria control methods are once again in vogue. New research published in the online open access journal BMC Public Health shows how Nile tilapia, a fish more commonly served up to Kenyan diners, is a valuable weapon against malaria mosquitoes.

DDT Highly Effective Against Resistant Mosquitoes

Africa Fighting Malaria | 09 Aug 2007 | Medical News Today

A study published by the Public Library of Science (PloS) One found that three out of five DDT-resistant Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, carriers of human diseases like dengue and urban yellow fever, avoided huts sprayed with DDT. The chemical's unique spatial repellent action, combined with its moderate irritant and toxic properties, reduced the risk of disease transmission by nearly three-quarters.

African Communities Call On G8 To Honor Their Commitment To Fight Malaria

MAMA | 13 Jun 2007 | Medical News Today

The newly-formed MAMA Africa (Mobilizing Against Malaria Across Africa) movement calls on G8 leaders to take further action and help stop the needless deaths.

New, Once-a-Day Fixed-Dose Combination Against Malaria Now Available

01 Mar 2007 | DNDi

Sanofi-aventis and the non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) announced today that ASAQ, the new fixed-dose combination of artesunate (AS) and amodiaquine (AQ), will soon be available throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Scientists discover new compound that kills drug-resistant malaria

12 Feb 2007 | CCN Matthews

Researchers at the Toronto General Research Institute and Ontario Cancer Institute have discovered a synthetic compound that targets and kills malaria parasites, including a drug-resistant strain.