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Simple Steps Can Improve Malaria Prevention

Megan Fotheringham, a public health adviser with the President’s Malaria Initiative, describes in a post on USAID’s “IMPACTblog” how a program in Kenya succeeded in improving the administration of malaria prevention therapy among pregnant women in the country’s Gem District simply by sending a memo to antenatal clinics describing when to…

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant Recipients Look To Fight Malaria, HIV

The Associated Press/Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines two research proposals – “[u]sing microwaves to kill malaria parasites and developing a way to give fetuses immunity to HIV” – that, along with 10 other research projects, have moved into the second phase of funding as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations.

Malaria Parasite Uses Antibody Camouflage To Hide

Scientists from Rigshospitalet – Copenhagen University Hospital – and the University of Copenhagen have discovered malaria parasites use a type of antibody camouflage to hide from the immune system in the placentas of pregnant women, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a University…

BRICS Health Ministers Agree To Improve Access To Low-Cost Medicines

Health ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in Beijing “on Monday vowed to improve access to low-cost and high-quality medicine – and called on developed nations to shoulder responsibility in helping the poor,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/11).

U.N. Report Shows Significant Progress Toward Reaching MDGs, But Mixed Results In Some Areas

Significant progress is being made toward reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, but the poorest countries are not progressing as quickly and more must be done to improve health and development outcomes in those nations, according to this year’s MDG report (.pdf), VOA News reports. “Despite the global economic downturn and the food and energy crises, we are on track to meet the MDG targets for poverty-reduction,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the report on Thursday in Geneva (Schlein, 7/7).

Mass Administration Of Common Anti-Parasitic Is Possible New Tool In Fight Against Malaria

Ivermectin – an inexpensive, common medication already being used in Africa to treat roundworms that cause river blindness and parasites that cause elephantitis – could also be used to kill mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, potentially “provid[ing] another useful weapon in the armory against a disease that kills around 800,000 a year, most of them small children and pregnant women,” the Guardian’s “Global Health Blog” reports (Boseley, 7/6).

Review Identifies RDTs As Effective Tool To Fight Malaria

“A new Cochrane Systematic Review [.pdf] examines the accuracy of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), which are designed to detect malaria based on the presence of parasite antigens, using a quick and easy to use format,” according to a press release. “After reviewing available data in 74 different studies, we can…

Gates Foundation Releases Interactive Malaria Infographic

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has released a new infographic “to raise awareness about its campaign to end malaria,” Mashable reports. “There are three main components to the infographic: An overview of progress within individual countries, an explanation of methods being used on the ground, and a comparison of the number…

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