“The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), focused on support of a collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) for the development of a new vaccine against malaria,” an IDRIÂ press release states.…
The Washington Post looks at the history and future of disease-carrying mosquitoes, “the most deadly non-human animal on the planet.” The newspaper describes several mosquito-control methods, and poses the question, “If scientists could find a way to wipe out all mosquitoes â€“ recent studies have shown that it may be possible to chemically sterilize males and dupe the females into mating with them â€“ would that be a good idea?” (Palmer, 8/15).
Over the next 20 years, “[c]limate change is likely to spread malaria to new areas in the Indian Himalayas, and lengthen the periods in which the infection is spread in a number of districts, according to projections [.pdf] from” researchers at the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), Delhi, and published in a special issue of Current Science on Wednesday, SciDev.Net reports.
In a Malaria Policy Center “Malaria Watch TV” video post, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer “speak[s] with the Malaria Policy Center about the status of the malaria fight and how the U.S. is leading the way against this preventable and treatable disease,” the organization writes. The “U.S.…
In an effort to curb the spread of malaria, researchers from Britain and Italy have genetically altered male mosquitoes so that they do not produce sperm, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Los Angeles Times’ “Booster Shots” blog reports (Khan, 8/8).
“Sending daily text message reminders to health workers can mean nearly 25 percent more children are properly treated for malaria, according to the results of a six-month trial conducted in Kenya” published Thursday in the Lancet, Reuters reports (Kelland, 8/3).
In a Daily Caller opinion piece, Richard Tren, director of Africa Fighting Malaria, highlights a finding in a recent malaria report that the U.S. government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “were responsible for 85% of the steep increase in malaria funding between 2007 and 2009.” But “[i]f 30 African heads of state were to give up their private jets, a fund of well over $500 million could be generated,” Tren writes.
PBS NewsHour examines how the Canadian organization MEDA is using text messages to track malaria supplies in local clinics and retailers in Tanzania. The piece includes a related video featuring a MEDA employee giving a tour of the program (Cheers, 7/22).
In related news, the Observer reports on the impact mobile phones are having in Africa, including on banking, farming and health. The article includes case studies examining how mobile technology is being used in certain areas of the continent (Fox, 7/24). A related video documents how mobile phones are affecting Uganda’s most remote communities (Eldin, 7/24).
The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday voted to “reinstate a ban on providing foreign aid to groups that perform abortions or provide advice about the procedure,” The Hill’s “HealthWatch” blog reports on the “so-called ‘global gag rule'” (Baker, 7/21).
The Malaria Policy Center’s “Malaria Watch” blog describes comments made by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah during a recent global health community call. During the call, Shah “stressed that to solve global health issues there needs to be sharedÂ ‘responsibility across all partners.’ Partnerships help ‘save money, and saving money can save…