Africa Fighting Malaria is an NGO which seeks to educate people about the scourge of Malaria and the political economy of malaria control.
We have highlighted the effectiveness of the pesticide DDT as one of the solutions to fighting the disease. We believe that global health organizations must be free to employ all available tools to fight malaria and that the limited use of DDT for spraying homes and hospitals is a powerful and necessary tool in this fight.

USAID's health challenge: improving US foreign assistance -- Journal of Royal Society of Medicine, 2007-01-01
Malaria initiative progresses -- Washington Time, 2006-12-14
Corrupting Health -- TCS Daily, 2006-11-28
Malaria: no time to pass the buck -- Business Day, 2006-11-22
Lady Madonna, Children At Your Feet -- TCS Daily, 2006-10-26
Light at end of malaria tunnel -- Business Day, 2006-09-18

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14 Dec 2006
White House Summit on Malaria. First Lady Laura Bush is to be present at the White House summit, where we expect the PMI to announce the next 8 focus countries.

December 11 12, 2006
The Second International Artemisinin Compounds Workshop
on the Evaluation of Clinical Studies
11-12, Dec. 2006 Guangzhou, China
(Second announcement)


21 Nov 2006
National Environment Management Authority (Uganda) hearing on DDT, Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda. Richard Tren will be presenting at the NEMA hearing on DDT along side the Ministry of Health and WHO representatives.

01 Sep 2006
Richard Tren addresses the AIDS Vaccine Conference 2006 in Amsterdam on the issue of import tariffs & taxes on medicines and medical devices.

13 Jul 2006
UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria discusses DDT at their annual general meeting. AFM's Richard Tren and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Prof. Chris Curtis will present the case for DDT. 2:30pm, Committee Room 8, House of Commo

23 Jun 2006
The State of Malaria Control in Africa - Richard Tren speaks at a Campaign for Fighting Diseases event in London. 12:30pm - 2pm (lunch served) at 3rd Floor, Bedford Chambers, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8HA

11 May 2006
International Fast Day Against Malaria - IFAM. Join us on the first fast against malaria. See www.worldswimformalaria.com/ifam.

25 Apr 2006
Africa Malaria Day - leaders, activists and scientists will be marking Africa Malaria Day on 25 April. Hedge Fund vs Malaria leader Lance Laifer will be 'Dunking' against malaria in Washington DC with among others, Senator Sam Brownback.

24 Apr 2006
Ugandan Ministry of Health - Panel Discussion on Malaria & DDT. AFM's Richard Tren will appear on a panel discussion hosted by the Ugandan Ministry of Health at 2:30pm, Grand Imperial Hotel. Kampala, Uganda

19 Mar 2006
On March 19th join with 99 million people from all over the world and shoot a basket for the children of Africa on Malaria Action Day (MAD). Visit www.dunkmalaria.org for more details.

19 Jan 2006
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security will hold a hearing on Bilateral Malaria Assistance: Progress and Prognosis. Prof. Don Roberts and Simon Ku

13 Dec 2005
Prof. Donald Roberts and Richard Tren present papers on DDT and malaria control at the American Society for Tropical Medicines and Hygiene's annual conference in Washington DC.

06 Dec 2005
The Malaria Foundation International at Emory University hosts the 1st Annual Hedge Funds vs Malaria Business Leadership Conference. Visit www.malaria.org for details, a webcast and presentations.

05 Oct 2005
Arbitrary & Capricious - International Policy Network and AFM host a debate in Brussels on the precautionary principle, with a focus on Uganda's struggle to use DDT in malaria control.

04 Oct 2005
Arbitrary & Capricious - Why the Precautionary Principle is Unreasonable and Undesirable. International Policy Network hosts an event at the Institute of Economic Affairs where Gary Marchant promotes his now book and Richard Tren (AFM) speaks on Uganda's

28 Sep 2005
US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing into the abuse of science and public policy. Prof. Donald Roberts is to make oral testimony and AFM's Roger Bate and Richard Tren are to submit written testimony.

12 Sep 2005
African Health and Development - Are the Millenium Development Goals Helpful?
American Enterprise Institute hosts a panel discussion on the MDGs, featuring Dr Roger Bate (moderator), Prof. Amir Attaran, Dr Marian Tupy, Richard Tren and Oliver Sabot.

25 Jul 2005
Southern Africa Malaria Control Conference - Maputo, Mozambique. 25-29 July, 2005.
Richard Tren is attending this WHO regional meeting. Read his dispatches from the meeting here.

06 Jul 2005
Roger Bate reports from the G8 meeting in Scotland. Read his reports and pieces here.

01 Jul 2005
Roger Bate tesitifies before the Committee on International Relations' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations. Download his testimony here.

16 May 2005
The World Health Assembly begins in Geneva. AFM's Richard Tren will be attending some of the events and writing for various publications.

29 Apr 2005
US Senator Sam Brownback drops his Eliminate Neglected Diseases Act in the Senate. AFM supports this Act and should it pass, it will improve malaria control around the world.

25 Apr 2005
AFM and the Free Market Foundation launch Taxed to Death, our study of how taxes and tariffs deny people essential medicines around the world, in Johannesburg, South Africa

25 Apr 2005
Africa Malaria Day - AFM marks Africa Malaria Day, see our various opinion pieces on malaria control published in South Africa and the US

30 Nov 2004
Roger Bate addresses 35 African Ambassadors to the US on malaria control at Africa House, Washington DC.

06 Oct 2004
Hearing on Neglected Diseases in East Asia:
Are Public Health Programs Working?

Wednesday, October 6
2:30 p.m. Eastern,
419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC.
The focus of the hearing will be malaria.

14 Sep 2004
Roger Bate testifies on malaria and international control efforts before the House Subcommittee on Africa.

22 Jul 2004
Southern Africa Malaria Control (SAMC) Partners meeting, Gaborone, Botswana.

21 Jul 2004
The National Academies holds a conference in Washington DC on: Malaria Control: A Reconsideration of the Role of DDT. Speakers include AFM board members Prof. Don Roberts and Dr. Amir Attaran.

12 May 2004
Washington, DC: AEI hosts a slew of fascinating panelists for The Real Obstacles to Treating AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis in Developing Countries.

26 Apr 2004
DDT Conference - Kampala, Uganda. Richard Tren is to speak on the effect of the Stockholm Convention on malaria control in Kampala, Uganda.

19 Apr 2004
Malaria Panel Discussion - Lusaka Zambia. Richard Tren is to speak on the role of NGOs in fighting malaria. Other panel members include Dr B Chirwa from the Zambian Central Board of Health & Dr M Banda from Konkola Copper Mines

23 Mar 2004
Richard Tren moderates a panel discussion, hosted by the Free Market Foundation, on the new drug price regulations in South Africa. 9:30am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sandton

02 Feb 2004
American Enterprise Institute hosts a forum on AIDS policy that includes Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, Roger Bate, Nicholas Eberstadt, David Gordon and Randall Tobias among others.

28 Jan 2004
Richard Tren is to moderate an AIDS discussion panel in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The panel is to include Abner Mason of the Aids Responsiblity Project, members of the Brazilian pharma industry and Brazilian Ministry of Health. Hilton Morumbi, Sao Paulo.

12 Dec 2003
Roger Bate discusses the effect that DDT restrictions have had on malaria control in developing countries as part of Use and Misuse of Science in Regulating Chemicals: Unintended Consequences

02 Dec 2003
Tackling Malaria: The Role of DDT and New Drugs: American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC: 2:00-4:30 p.m.
To learn more or to register go here.

20 Nov 2003
Africa Resource Bank meeting - Mombassa Kenya. IREN Kenya has organised a meeting of free market intellectuals and organisations to promote economic freedom and liberty in Africa. Richard Tren is to speak on African health issues.

03 Nov 2003
South African Department of Health Malaria Control Conference - KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Richard Tren is to present a paper on malaria advocacy work

23 Oct 2003
Friedrich Naumann Foundation - Lunch presentation on liberalism and Africa. Richard Tren and James Shikwati (IREN Kenya) to speak on liberalism, free markets and Africa.

10 Sep 2003
WTO Ministerial Meeting - Cancun Mexico. Roger Bate and Richard Tren will be reporting from Mexico on the Doha Development Round.

08 Aug 2003
For U.S. Congressional Staffers: Amir Attaran discusses AIDS and malaria policy as part of the Capitol Hill Campus seminar, "Africa In Perspective".

24 Jul 2003
Roger Bate discusses his chapter on malaria and DDT use at a forum on the new book, Politicizing Science, National Press Club, Washington, DC.
See the Marshall Institute for more info.

09 Jul 2003
TechCentralStation, IPN and AFM present a seminar on Patents for the Hayek Series in Brussels. See www.techcentralstation.be for more details

15 Jun 2003
Liberty Institute and Africa Fighting Malaria launch their study on malaria control in India. Launch to take place at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi

13 Jun 2003
African Growth and Opportunities Act NGO forum held in Moka, Mauritius. See www.democracy-africa.org for more details.

08 Jun 2003
IREN Kenya Healthcare round table meeting on barriers to accessing healthcare in Kenya. Held at the Pan-Afric Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

7 Jun 2003
Commonwealth Business Council WTO Conference, London.

US talks aim to reverse malaria failure
The FT reports on the White House Summit on Malaria and quotes AFM's Roger Bate.... "The attempts to eradicate malaria are often talked about as a failure but it was eliminated in the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s," says Roger Bate from the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington free-market think-tank.

NZ scientists make malaria advance
New Zealand researchers are working on a novel weapon to combat malaria parasites that kill about two million people a year, mostly in the tropics.

A big opportunity for business-minded philanthropists
THIS Thursday George and Laura Bush are due to host a most unusual product launch. The new brand to be unveiled with much fanfare at a White House summit is malariaŻor, more precisely, the eradication of malaria. The brains behind the summit, a group of business leaders and philanthropists operating under the auspices of a non-governmental organisation called Malaria No More, are convinced that the time is right to launch what they hope will be the next big thing in the giving business.

World Bank approves $180 million to help Nigeria's fight against malaria
The World Bank today approved its largest-ever malaria control project with a US$ 180 million interest-free credit for Nigeria a country which suffers some of the most severe human and economic costs from malaria worldwide. The new project will support Nigeria's National Malaria Control Program in its efforts to halve the country's malaria deaths by 2010. Nigeria is the eleventh African country so far to receive help from the World Bank's Malaria Control Booster Program, set up just 15 months ago, to help African countries reduce the deaths, illness, and economic losses caused by malaria on the continent each year.

Malaria Parasite 'Has Many Tools to Infect Humans'
New research into the genetic diversity of the most feared malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, indicates that making an effective malaria vaccine may be even more difficult than scientists had thought.

Gates Foundation gives $83 mln to fight malaria
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday pledged $83.5 million to fight malaria by paying for better controls, vaccine research and prevention of a disease that kills more than a million people a year.

Malaria fight gains political muscle
Two of the world's most influential women are banding together to fight malaria, and one of them is coming to the table with a lot of cash.

Melinda Gates, Unbound
After the birth of her first child a decade ago, Melinda Gates, the wife of Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, left her job as a manager at the software giant and devoted her time to caring for their children and quietly guiding strategy for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic powerhouse the couple founded.

Even with treatment, malaria takes its toll
I'd always been under the impression that malaria, if treated quickly, was no worse than a bad bout of 'flu -- a bit of a temperature and some aches and pains but nothing too severe.

Malaria: mosquito-borne killer
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new global effort to find a vaccine against malaria, which infects up to 500 million people a year. On Dec. 14, U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush will host a White House summit on malaria, bringing together multilateral institutions, African civic leaders and non-governmental organisations to discuss and highlight measures for fighting the disease.

Scientists Hail New Malaria DNA Research
Experts say new research is pointing scientists in the direction of better malaria surveillance and treatment. As VOA's Jessica Berman reports, scientists have compared the genetic material of malaria parasites from around the world, and they say the development could eventually mean staying one step ahead of one of the world's most common and deadly diseases.

Malaria 'speeds spread of Aids'
There may be a link between malaria and the spread of the Aids virus across Africa, research by scientists working in Kenya suggests.

Uganda: EU Okays DDT Use Against Malaria
THE European Union (EU) has given Uganda the green light to use DDT in the fight against malaria.

Malaria accelerates HIV infection — study
CAPE TOWN — Malaria appears to be fuelling the spread of HIV/AIDS in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study to be published today in the International Journal of Science.

Pinning down parasites
A new map of malaria should help control the disease.

Finally clearing the air
An American-led drive against one of the world's most dreadful diseases could learn from past mistakes.

Uganda: Fears About DDT Spraying Are Baseless
MALARIA imposes enormous human suffering and economic costs on many poor countries including Uganda. Globally, malaria infects between 300 million and 500 million people and kills more than two million every year.

African Health Officials Prepare for New Malaria Vaccine
Officials are meeting in Ghana to discuss ways to get an early start on administering malaria vaccines in Africa. The vaccine is currently on trial in six African countries. Malaria is a major cause of death for children in sub-Sahara Africa. Efam Dovi has more on the story for VOA, from the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Malaria map aims to tackle killer disease
Researchers are creating a global malaria map to tackle the killer disease by pinpointing the areas where it strikes most often.

'Malaria atlas' project launched
Researchers in Kenya and Britain say they are creating a global map to pinpoint locations where malaria is most likely to strike.

BURKINA FASO: Community programme bites back against malaria
KOSSILCY, 1 December (IRIN) - Zenabou Nikiema smiles gratefully as she breastfeeds her two-year-old son and recalls the night a high fever shook his body until he nearly fell unconscious.

Improved Understanding Of New Malaria Treatment
Drugs based on the substance artemisinin (derived from a Chinese herb) are now the main hope in the battle against malaria.

Mexico to assist in malaria fight
The new Mexican President, Mr Felipe Calderon, has pledged his country's assistance to the anti-malaria campaign in Tanzania

Successful tests of malaria vaccine underway
More positive developments in the race to produce a malaria vaccine...

WHO: DDT Needed to Fight Malaria
WHO head Arata Kochi said, "One of the best tools we have against malaria is indoor residual house spraying. Of the dozen insecticides WHO has approved as safe for house spraying, the most effective is DDT."

Chinese health experts back DDT
Prof. Wang Shanqing, a Chinese expert on malaria, has provided evidence of the efficacy of DDT to reduce malaria rates.

Moving Mountains: The Evolution of USAID's Malaria Control Program
The President's Malaria Initiative and USAID both made progress in the fight against malaria in 2006. The true test of success moving forward will be how well African countries can sustain and build upon donor success.

Return of Chloroquine Antimalarial Efficacy in Malawi
New research shows that 12 years after chloroquine was withdrawn from use in Malawi, it is once again highly effective in treating Falciparum malaria. However, the authors of this paper as well as other scientists caution against any change in policy - Artemesinin-combination therapies are still required and this new evidence does not justify any continued use of chloroquine

World Bank Matrix (Malaria Booster Program) - Analysis for Africa Fighting Malaria
The World Bank recently issued a malaria matrix, detailing spending on malaria control along with outcomes and targets. Roger Bate undertook an analysis of this matrix for AFM which critically analyzes the quality of the data and the logic of the World Bank undetaking this project.

Report on East and Southern Africa Malaria Conference
AFM's Jasson Urbach reports back on the recent East and Southern Africa Malaria Control Conference, held in Harare, Zimbabwe between 14 and 18 August.

DDT and neurodevelopment: results inconclusive to effect policy change
This reponse to Eskenazi et al.'s recent study on the link between DDT and childhood neurodevelopment argues that more data is needed to properly consider the implications for malaria control.

Tariffs, Corruption and Other Impediments to Medicinal Access in Developing Countries. Field Evidence
AEI and AFM collaborate on a study investigating the incidcence of corruption and import tariffs on medicines and the impact on access to medicines in poor countries.

Fake Artesunate in Asia
Fake drugs are a problem for many diseases in Africa, and increasingly a concern for malaria control. African countries could cut into this activity, and save themselves a lot of time, money and effort, by harmonizing their medical supply regulators and avoid re-registering drugs that have already been approved in the US, EU, Japan and other developed countries. They could also educate consumers about how to detect fake drugs, and remove tariffs on imported medicines for malaria.

Government-Controlled Research and Development - A recipe for disaster
The proposed research and development (R&D;) treaty being discussed at the World Health Assembly during the week of May 22 could end up harming those it aims to assist. Public-private partnerships, which are already delivering drugs and treatments and showing promise in vaccine development, offer a far better model to address diseases. Greater state and bureaucratic control of R&D; will not deliver results, especially given the need to deploy unique private-sector testing and development facilities. A range of market-friendly proposals to encourage research is likely to deliver practical solutions.

The World Bank: false financial and statistical accounts and medical malpractice in malaria treatment
Amir Attaran & malaria experts & health policy commentators, including Africa Fighting Malaria's Roger Bate criticise the World Bank's failures in malaria control.

Still Taxed to Death: An Analysis of Taxes and Tariffs on Medicines, Vaccines and Medical Devices
Bate, Tren & Urbach update their working paper on taxes and tariffs on medicines and medical devices - published by the AEI-Brookings Joint Centre.