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Increased Funds Lead To ‘Significant Progress’ In Global Malaria Fight, WHO Report Says

WHO’s World Malaria Report 2009, released on Tuesday, found “increased funding is starting to pay off in the battle against malaria but prevention and treatment must be increased to try to halt the killer disease, Reuters reports. According to the Associated Press, there were more than 240 million cases of malaria and an estimated 863,000 people, mostly in Africa, died of the disease in 2008.

AFP Examines Insecticide Resistance’s Effect On Malaria Fight In Nigeria

Agence France-Presse examines the increase in insecticide resistant mosquitoes in Nigeria – “the latest threat to combating malaria” in the country. “Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, contributes more than a quarter of the one million malaria deaths in Africa, according to official statistics,” AFP writes.

DOTS Has Cured 36M People, Prevented Up To 8M TB Deaths Over 15 Years, WHO Says

Since the WHO developed Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) in 1994 for the treatment of tuberculosis, approximately 36 million people have successfully completed treatment and been cured over the past 15 years, according to new data released by the WHO on Tuesday, health-e reports.

Reuters Examines Quest For New TB Drugs, Vaccines

Reuters examines the search for new tuberculosis medicines and vaccines. “Although TB has plagued humankind for thousands of years, there is only one vaccine,” which isn’t very effective and doesn’t protect adults. “With the exception of rifabutin, there has been no new drug for TB for more than 40 years,” the news service writes.

Also In Global Health News: Clean Water In India; Cholera In Kenya; Zuma, Gates Discuss HIV/AIDS; MDR-TB In Marshall Islands; Sanitation In Jakarta

News Outlets Examine Water Purifier Launched In India India’s Tata Group on Monday “unveiled a new low-cost water purifier, which it hopes will provide safe drinking water for millions and cut the toll of deadly diseases,” Agence France-Presse/mysinchew.com reports. The purifier, named the Tata Swach, was designed to run in…

Also In Global Health News: Cell Phones Reduce Maternal Mortality; Kenya Cholera Outbreak; Drug-Resistant Salmonella

Cell Phone Program Reduces Maternal Mortality In Ghana IRIN looks at local programs in Ghana that “have cut dramatically the number of women dying during childbirth” by facilitating medical care through cell phone use. The publication writes that three years ago as part of the Millennium Villages project, “mobile handset producer Ericsson…

H1N1 Spreading Eastward, WHO Says

The H1N1 (swine flu) virus appears to be spreading eastward across Europe and Asia, after appearing to have leveled off in the U.S. and some western European countries, the WHO said Friday, Reuters reports.