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Gates Foundation Recommits To Coordinating Malaria Eradication Efforts

“Malaria researchers believe that better coordination and new technologies, such as the use of vaccines and sophisticated disease mapping, can inject new life into the ambitious goal of eradicating the deadly illness,” AllAfrica reports in an article discussing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “plan to synchronize the efforts of the malaria community worldwide towards the goal of global eradication, building on the foundation’s original eradication call of six years ago.” The news service summarizes recent developments and includes comments from Alan Magill, director of the Gates Foundation’s malaria program, and others who “spoke on the sidelines of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) conference held [earlier this month] in Washington, D.C., where the Gates Foundation made its announcement” (Strupp, 11/22). ASTMH provides a blog listing news from the conference (11/17).