Malaria

Global Malaria Leaders Agree: 2015 Goal is Not a Dream

NEW YORK — Much of the world’s brain power and political power directed at the war against malaria converged in hotel ballroom here today — World Malaria Day 2011 — and a few key themes kept emerging: Because of dramatic progress in malaria control the last few years, a goal of near zero malaria deaths by…

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Keeping Up the Fight Against Malaria

Nearly 1 million children do not reach their fifth birthday because they die from malaria each year. According to estimates from the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 1 million children do not reach their fifth birthday because they die from malaria each year. Ninety percent of these deaths occur in Africa,…

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From Black Holes to Malaria

You might think that physics doesn’t lend itself well to this endeavor, but the role of physicists on health is everywhere As an astrophysicist, I search for the distant birth of black holes and aim to advance our fundamental understanding of the universe. However, I’ve always kept an eye on the problems of the world…

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New Position Papers on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

The Global Health Council recently published two new position papers on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The papers outline the burden of the diseases, cost-effective interventions, and research needs. They also state the Council’s positions on malaria and NTD policy and give specific recommendations for next steps to control these diseases. Malaria: A Global…

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Keeping our Foot on the Pedal with Global Malaria Control

United States investments in global malaria control are making a difference, due in large part to the successes of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Several weeks ago, delivering the Barnes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah touted PMI as “one…

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Something Old, Something New: The Re-emergence of Mosquito-borne Diseases in Europe

2010 was a good year for mosquitoes in Europe. They managed to infect humans with the West Nile virus (WNV), dengue fever, malaria and chikungunya; diseases for which there is no vaccine and no specific treatment, diseases which were thought to be largely eliminated in continental Europe. Dr. Wim Van Bortel, from the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC)…

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Malaria: New Challenges Ahead

Malaria experts made it clear: though control programs have made significant achievements over the past decade, continuing on the same path will not lead the world to malaria eradication. Leaders in the malaria field convened at Harvard University to discuss how to make the shift from control to eradication at a forum and symposium entitled…

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A Pan-African Malaria Success Story Revealed

WASHINGTON, DC — As a young development worker in Mali 20 years ago, I used to engage in high-risk behavior on a fairly regular basis. I slept in villages all over Mali — from the Sahara Desert in the north to the Niger River Delta and Dogon Country in the center to the southern savanna…

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Malaria and the MDGs

Global Health Council Research Associate Lillian Benjamin is at the 5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the second of her posts from the conference. NAIROBI, Kenya — While Millennium Development Goal Six (MDG 6) is dedicated to malaria, it is not the only MDG that is impacted by the disease. MDG 1 – Eradicate…

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