AFM Report: East and Southern Africa Malaria Control Conference

Richard Tren & Jasson Urbach | 16 Aug 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

AFM reports on the meeting of National Malaria Control Program Officials at the East and Southern African Malaria Control Conference, where new data was shared and control strategies discussed.

Is it possible to eliminate malaria in South Africa?

Jasson Urbach | 27 Jun 2007 | Free Market Foundation

The debate over eradication versus control has been played out before and politicians hoping to hitch their wagons to the eradication star would do well to understand some of the important disease control history.

Publicise the truth about DDT

Carlos Odora | 31 May 2007 | New Vision

It is good to remind ourselves that DDT was internationally used in the 1950s and 1960s during a time of unprecedented population growth and wealth creation. Wherever DDT has been used, death and disease rates have fallen.

Malaria still a big problem in Uganda

Carlos Odora | 25 Apr 2007 | New Vision

Malaria kills 320 Ugandans everyday and accounts for the highest percentage of the total number of patients visiting hospitals. There is more money and political will to tackle the disease as observed in the recent creation of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. However, funds alone will not solve the problem because it is a complex disease and controlling it means that we must use all interventions and that partners must work together.

Corrupting Health

Roger Bate | 28 Nov 2006 | TCS Daily

Transparency International (TI) celebrated its 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) last week in Guatemala. Founded by ex-World Bankers and influential government officials from developing countries such as Kenya and Bangladesh, TI , which is one of the more effective and sensible global NGOs, has pushed the World Bank as well as increasing numbers of Governments to address corruption seriously.

Malaria: no time to pass the buck

Richard Tren | 22 Nov 2006 | Business Day (South Africa)

This week, Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are marking Malaria Week by holding a ministerial conference in Namibia. The theme of the conference is Scaling up Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) with DDT.

Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet

Richard Tren | 26 Oct 2006 | TCS Daily

Yohane Banda, the father of Madonna's newly adopted son, David, has thanked the pop diva for rescuing his son from "poverty and disease." However recent news reports have suggested that Mr. Banda was not fully aware of the implications of the adoption and that he would prefer to have his son nearby where he can see him and be able to take him back when his circumstances improve. The whole affair raises many questions about the role that westerners should play in helping Africa to develop. It also raises questions about the role of high profile celebrities that have taken on African causes - the current track record of celebrity Africa-philes leaves much room for improvement.

Drug Snares

Roger Bate & Kathryn Boateng | 09 Sep 2006 | National Review Online

Throughout the developing world, hospitals have become places where patients don't bother to go; it's not that they aren't sick — there just are no drugs for the doctors to prescribe for them. Two thirds of the world's population and 80 percent of Africans do not have adequate access to drugs. While manufacturers' pricing and grotesque poverty-levels are partly to blame, a major culprit is the governments of these poor countries, which impose tariffs, taxes, and customs duties on imported drugs.

Taxed to Death

Roger Bate | 06 Jul 2006 | Foreign Policy

In recent years, the amount of aid for developing countries has increased, and the price of many drugs has fallen. So why does one third of the world's population still lack access to proper healthcare? To a large degree, the fault lies with the poor countries themselves. Many charge high tariffs on life-saving medicines and equipment, sometimes even taxing products that are donated for free. Foreign drug manufacturers must often jump through numerous bureaucratic hoops to get their products to those who need them most.

A Trade Opportunity for China and America

Roger Bate & James Driscoll | 14 Apr 2006 | TCS Daily

Bush administration Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has warned that the US is running out of patience waiting for China to take effective steps to do its part to reduce the ballooning US$200+ billion trade deficit with China. Recently, the US, Switzerland, and Singapore proposed a small but highly constructive remedy China could implement immediately: eliminate tariffs on medicines and medical products. Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington DC next week affords President Bush a signal opportunity to call upon China to take this urgently needed action.