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Opinion Pieces Highlight World Malaria Day, Efforts To Eliminate Disease

The following is a summary of three opinion pieces addressing World Malaria Day 2014. Huffington Post: Top 10 Reasons to Believe Malaria Can Be Defeated in Our Lifetime Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing “In 2008, the malaria community came together to celebrate the first World Malaria Day…

Researchers Test New Ways To Contain Malaria

On World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, media outlets discuss efforts to control the disease. VOA News: Trial: Malaria Chemoprevention Protects Children “The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, has launched a new malaria prevention campaign in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa…

New Drug Regimen Aims To Transform TB Treatment, Improve Health

“The first-ever drug regimen designed to treat both drug-sensitive TB and MDR-TB [multidrug-resistant TB] has reached a critical milestone and will advance to a global Phase III clinical trial — the last, but most important stage of testing before it can be made available,” Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of…

Vancouver Sun Features Multi-Part Series On Malaria

The Vancouver Sun features a multi-part series on malaria. Vancouver Sun: Part 1: Malaria’s huge human cost “…[T]here has been huge progress in a focused assault on the disease that has been underway for just over a decade…” (Cayo, 4/22). Vancouver Sun: Part 2: Malaria a moving target “…[I]nsecticides and…

Study, Commentary Examine XDR-TB Treatment Outcomes In S. Africa

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a study and commentary published last week in The Lancet that evaluated the long-term outcomes of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients in South Africa. “…Both the report and commentary call for policymakers and national control programs to…

Myanmar Remains Potential ‘Gateway’ for Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria, Experts Warn

IRIN: Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria “Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the [fight against the] disease cannot be won outside the public health system — and that the country is still…

PBS FRONTLINE Film Prompts Media Coverage Of TB Epidemic

News sources examine the growing threat of multidrug-resistant TB, highlighted this week in a FRONTLINE special presentation. PBS FRONTLINE: TB Silent Killer The full-length video report on tuberculosis (TB) is available online, in addition to several accompanying news stories. “From the valleys of Swaziland in Southern Africa, the story of…

CNN Discusses Drug-Resistant Malaria, Disease Elimination Efforts In SE Asia

CNN: Scientists race to eliminate malaria as ‘wonder drug’ loses its powers “… A river that can be crossed in a rickety boat is no barrier to a parasite that rides in the salivary glands of mosquitoes or the red blood cells of humans. … History tells us what happens…

1M Children Worldwide Contract TB Annually, According To Study

News outlets report on a new study that says one million children worldwide become infected with tuberculosis (TB) annually and 32,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of TB. Agence France-Presse: A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study “About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with…

Lancet Releases ‘Tuberculosis 2014’ Series

In recognition of World TB Day, The Lancet published Tuberculosis 2014, a series featuring papers from The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine “discussing topics ranging from host-directed therapies and vaccines, extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, and new anti-tuberculosis drugs, [and] highlighting not only past successes, but also the challenges…

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