Time for African leaders to take malaria seriously

Richard Tren | 22 Jul 2023 | The Daily Caller

Recent efforts, spearheaded in large part by the U.S. government, have reduced the annual malaria death toll from around 1 million to 800,000. There has also been an impressive increase in funding for research and development (R&D;) into new malaria-fighting tools.

EU gets taste of its own medicine

Richard Tren | 04 Jul 2023 | GlobalPost

WASHINGTON — As hospitals across Europe deal with rising cases and deaths caused by the recent E-coli outbreak, Russia announced a ban of all imported fresh vegetables from the European Union in an effort to avoid a similar outbreak. Russia ostensibly hopes to protect the health of its citizens, but this trade restriction has outraged the EU, calling the move "disproportionate." Some African farmers and public health officials however may look at this spat no small amount of satisfaction.

Africa-India Summit: Leverage soft power to save people

Barun S. Mitra & Jasson Urbach | 24 May 2023 | Free Market Foundation

The second Africa-India Forum Summit will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in a two day event between 24 and 25 May and will set the stage for ongoing co-operation between the sub continent and Africa.

DDT a potent weapon against malaria

Kelvin Kemm | 20 May 2023 | Engineering News

World Malaria Day is celebrated in April each year. As this important day slips past unnoticed by most, it is worth pondering the disease for a while.

Precaution and funding of vector control must be based on evidence

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 18 May 2023 | Malaria Journal

In their paper "Status of pesticide management in the practice of vector control: a global survey in countries at risk of malaria or other major vector-borne diseases," van den Berg et al. make some generally accepted and valid arguments about the need for improved management of public health insecticides (PHIs).

AFM Observations on the 5th Conference of Parties of the Stockholm Convention

None | 29 Apr 2023 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The final day of the COP5 focused on agreeing to and adopting decision points. Early on, the COP agreed on the listing of endosulfan in Annex A, much to the delight of almost all the delegations and NGOs.

Africans Tell the UN to Buzz Off

Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 28 Apr 2023 |

Two weeks ago the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc of 15 African nations, said it would begin producing the insecticide DDT to combat malarial mosquitoes. This is a necessary reaction to damage caused by the illogical, misguided, and often untruthful campaign against DDT run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

AFM's take on UN General Assembly malaria resolution

None | 21 Apr 2023 | Africa Fighting Malaria

In the run up to World Malaria Day on April 25, 2011, the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a malaria resolution. This long and encompassing resolution "Consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015," sets the UN agenda against malaria.

Partners in Crime: National Theft of Global Fund Medicines

Roger Bate | 20 Apr 2023 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Millions of dollars of donated antimalarial drugs have been stolen, most often by staff of recipient government medical stores; this strengthens criminal gangs and undermines donor intent. The main culprit donor is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which worryingly is pushing ahead with further schemes that have the same inherent weaknesses, which may worsen the theft problem.

Theft and Corruption at the Global Fund

Roger Bate | 06 Apr 2024 | The New Ledger

In a January Foreign Policy column I explained how most of the malaria medicines donated to Togo by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria (GF), had gone missing, stolen by that government's own procurement agency staff.