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Gates Foundation Recommits To Coordinating Malaria Eradication Efforts

“Malaria researchers believe that better coordination and new technologies, such as the use of vaccines and sophisticated disease mapping, can inject new life into the ambitious goal of eradicating the deadly illness,” AllAfrica reports in an article discussing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “plan to synchronize the efforts of…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 31 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue discusses the process for submitting regional applications under the new funding model, highlights a new Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, notes “a Colombian health initiative supported by the…

New York Times Reports On Global Fund’s Suspension Of Contracts With Bednet Suppliers

The New York Times reports on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s suspension of contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after discovering the companies had “paid bribes to health officials in Cambodia.” The newspaper notes, “Although the suspensions raise the possibility that the world will…

Researchers Report P. Vivax Malaria Evolving To Become More Infectious

“A common type of malaria that used to be powerless to infect certain groups of Africans is becoming more potent, putting tens of millions of people at risk, scientists said Friday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports (11/15). “Now roughly 95 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa — where the malaria burden is…

To Continue Progress, African Leaders Must Boost Domestic Health Funding

“In the last 10 years, Africa has transformed itself from the stereotype of a dark continent of death, disease and destruction to one of triumph and growth,” Mustapha Kaloko, commissioner for social affairs for the African Union Commission, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “Today, according to IMF…

Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Faces Obstacles But Is Best Option For Some

“Last year, the [WHO] finally recommended the preventative approach, called seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), in African regions where malaria is common and strictly seasonal,” Brooklyn-based science journalist Amy Maxmen writes in a post in Scientific American’s “Guest Blog” examining the “public health debate and the future of this potentially historical…

WHO, Partners Launch Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap

“The [WHO] and its partners Thursday announced a new goal to license vaccines by 2030 that would sharply reduce malaria cases and eventually eliminate the disease,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 11/14). The updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap “comes in addition to the original 2006 roadmap’s goal of having a…

Global Fund Suspends Contracts With 2 Mosquito Net Suppliers After Financial Wrongdoing

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday it had suspended contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after uncovering serious financial wrongdoing in Cambodia,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The move followed a probe by Global Fund inspectors into claims of corruption at the suppliers, Swiss-based Vestergaard…

‘Spirit Of Shared Responsibility’ In Africa Can Help To Defeat AIDS, TB And Malaria

“Africa has shown us how we can build partnerships that can help us invest for maximum impact, especially in our fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Big Push” blog. “The shared…

Wall Street Journal Examines Theft, Black-Market Sale Of Malaria Drugs In Africa

“U.S. investigators are leading a probe into the widespread theft and black-market resale of malaria drugs donated to Africa by the U.S. government,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper examines how “[o]rganized theft is plaguing the multibillion-dollar aid effort, according to people familiar with the investigation, raising questions about…

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