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Mathematical Model Projects Potential Impact Of Current Tools Fighting Malaria In Africa

Current tools for combating malaria, such as artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) and increasing coverage of insecticide-treated bednets (ITN) “could dramatically reduce the burden of malignant malaria on parts of Africa if a comprehensive, sustained intervention programme were in place,” according to a study published this week in PLoS Medicine, CORDIS News reports.
“According to the study, half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria infection, and every year it claims the lives of nearly 1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa,” the news service adds. “Plasmodium falciparum, one of the species of Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans, is transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes that normally bite (and inject the deadly parasites) at night,” CORDIS News reports (8/11).

Nature News Examines How Scientists, Farmers Are Working To Meet The Growing Demand For Artemisinin

“From bust to boom to bust again: artemisinin, the key ingredient of front-line antimalarial drugs, is entering the third chapter of its turbulent history,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the challenges scientists and farmers are facing as they attempt to keep up with the growing demand for the compound just as a “$343-million initiative starts to battle malaria through hugely subsidized medicines.”

Researchers Map Malaria Parasite P Vivax; Nearly 3B People At Risk Of Infection In 2009

A new evidence-based map estimates that in 2009 2.85 billion people lived “at risk of infection” with the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, reports BMJ News. A new study, published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shows P vivax “is more widespread and potentially represents a greater burden on human health in some parts of the world than P falciparum, the species usually associated with the greatest mortality and morbidity,” BMJ News writes (Moszynski, 8/3).

Also In Global Health News: Kenya Votes On Constitution; Global Wheat Prices Soar; HIV And TB In China; Female Condoms In India; Malaria Centers Receive Funding

As Kenya Votes For Constitution, Abortion And HIV Rights Issues Remain Kenyans “voted peacefully” Wednesday on a constitution that most were “expected to vote in favour” of, according to surveys, Reuters reports (8/4). Kenyan officials have supported the constitution but, VOA News reports, “issues of abortion, land, and Islamic courts”…

Opinions: Improving Malaria Control, Treatment; Faith Organizations In Fight Against TB; Vaccines For All Children; Eradicating Polio

To Improve Malaria Control, Remove Taxes On Medicines In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, president of the United Republic of Tanzania, and Yoweri Museveni,  president of the Republic of Uganda, both of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, write about ways to overcome barriers to malaria control and…

Also In Global Health News: Humanitarian Aid To Somalia Underfunded; Sahel Food Crisis; Social History Of Malaria

Somalia Humanitarian Aid Underfunded; Donors Discouraged Due To Violence “U.N. humanitarian activities in Somalia are severely underfunded, hurting Somalis who are outside areas controlled by Islamist rebels, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. The news service writes that humanitarian coordinator Mark Bowden “told reporters health, water and…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog: Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Speaks About Uganda HIV Treatment  As part of a series in advance of AIDS 2010, the “Science Speaks” blog features an interview with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “about his expectations for the conference, what was behind the Uganda problem with shortages of AIDS medicine, and whether…