Inter Press Service looks at the roll out of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) in Kenya. The program, which is managed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, makes subsidized malaria medications available through private pharmacies in seven other pilot countries â€“ Cambodia, Ghana, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. In Kenya, some of the pharmacies have not passed along the subsidized drugs savings to their customers, so “the Kenyan government has embarked on awareness campaigns through the media to inform Kenyans of the availability of the drugs, and the recommended prices per dose” (Esipisu, 5/19).
“In the Apac region of Uganda, the United States focused on two conflicting agendas: developing organic farming and eradicating malaria, ultimately affecting the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers. … Now Uganda’s constitutional court is expected to hear a case brought by a Ugandan environmental organization against the government that asserts that officials failed to meet W.H.O. standards for using DDT, including failure to properly prepare the local population,” the New York Times writes in a story looking at the challenges associated with the use of DDT for malaria control in Uganda.
After lauding the recent successes in fighting malaria, Orin Levine, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), writes in the Huffington Post, “A closer look provides a valuable reminder that sustained gains against malaria must be built upon a three-legged ‘stool’ that that includes 1) delivery of existing interventions, 2) operational research to improve delivery systems, and 3) research and development of new tools for control, prevention, and treatment” (5/10).
Russian AIDS Project: A UNAIDS article reports on the AIDS Competence project in Russia, which aims “to mobilize local responses to AIDS by promoting awareness within communities of their own strengths and capacities and facilitating the exchange of experiences within the communities” (5/10). Global Health Framework Agreement Needed: A PLoS…
African Progress Panel Report Highlights Status Of African Economies At World Economic Forum On Africa
Africa’s economies are expanding, but the continent is still too dependent on the export of raw materials, and trade between African nations needs to be increased, the African Progress Panel (APP) said in a report released Thursday at the World Economic Forum on Africa, which is taking place this week in Cape Town, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
Opinions: U.S. Support For Maternal, Child Health; Infection Control At Borders; The AMFm Model; International Affairs Budget; Organizations Supporting Women
U.S. Government Must Continue To Support Maternal And Child Health When Mother’s Day is recognized on Sunday, “let’s honor motherhood itself by giving all moms the gift they want most â€“ the chance to deliver and raise healthy children,” former Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), who serve…
Also In Global Health News: Sanitation In Asia; Cholera In Cameroon; Drought In Ethiopia; Namibia, Angola Malaria MoU; Typhoid Treatment
Lack Of Access To Sanitation In Asia Causing Preventable Diseases Though Asia’s economies have quickly rebounded from the 2008-2009 global recession, “dismal sanitation facilities are causing preventable diseases in poor communities where people would readily spend money on a mobile phone â€“ but not on a latrine,” according to social…
Tourism And Poverty Reduction: A Guardian Focus podcast examines whether tourism can promote development (Bunting/Sale/Provost, 4/28). African Nations Rightly Proceed With DDT Plans: “Environmental activists inside and outside UNEP love to hate DDT and will seemingly stop at nothing to ensure it is never produced or used. But there is…
World Could Meet U.N. Goal Of Almost Ending Malaria Deaths By 2015, U.N. Special Envoy For Malaria Says
International efforts to fight malaria are “on track” to almost end malaria-related deaths by 2015, Ray Chambers, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, said on Monday, the Associated Press reports (4/25).
The U.K.’s Plan To Eliminate Malaria Deaths Andrew Mitchell, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, discusses the U.K.’s approach to combating malaria around the world in a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog.” “[O]ver the next four years we will help to halve malaria deaths in 10 of…