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Insecticide-treated bed nets critical to global elimination of filariasis

An international team of scientists have demonstrated that a simple, low-cost intervention holds the potential to eradicate a debilitating tropical disease that threatens nearly 1.4 billion people in more than six dozen countries.

Published
22 August 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Ugandan App for Pain-Free Malaria Test

Matibabu uses a custom-made portable device called a matiscope, which is connected to a smartphone, to do a rapid diagnostic test. The user’s finger is inserted into the matiscope, and the application uses a red light to penetrate the skin and detect the red blood cells.

Published
13 August 2013
From
Inter Press Service
Malaria and HIV Spike as Greece Cuts Healthcare Spending

Greece's budgetary ax fell unduly hard on its healthcare sector, which was slated to grow at around 4 percent annually, but which has instead been jolted by a series of wage freezes, firings, and drug rationing programs.

Published
16 May 2013
From
The Atlantic
Canada commits cash to Global Fund against AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria

Canada’s Minister of International Co-operation Julian Fantino on Monday provided another $20 million to the Global Fund to support affordable medicines facilities for malaria.

Published
15 May 2013
From
Toronto Star
Malaria Bednet Distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa Is About Half of What Is Needed

Of the approximately 80 million insecticide-treated nets distributed through Global Fund–supported programmes in 2012, about 66 million (73%) went to sub-Saharan African countries. This is well below half the 150 million insecticide-treated nets that the World Health Organisation estimates are needed annually to protect all populations at risk of malaria in this region.

Published
09 April 2013
From
Global Fund Observer
Follow-up study describes declining efficacy of malaria vaccine candidate over 4 years

Long-term follow-up of a phase II study from KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and Oxford University researchers in Kenya shows that the efficacy of a malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S, wanes over time and varies with exposure to the malaria parasite.

Published
21 March 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
US budget cuts could jeopardize development of life-saving tools against major killers

Across-the-board cuts to US R&D programs could have a devastating impact on efforts to develop new drugs for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, the world's first malaria vaccine, and other vital global health products in development, according to a new report from a coalition of nonprofit groups focused on advancing innovation to save lives.

Published
27 February 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Research suggests malaria can be defeated without a globally led eradication program

A researcher at the University of Southampton, working as part of a team from the UK and USA, believes the global eradication of malaria could be achieved by individual countries eliminating the disease within their own borders and coordinating efforts regionally. The team's findings have been published in the journal Science.

Published
27 February 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Uganda: Health Ministry Sets New Treatment Guidelines

The health ministry has released new national clinical guidelines for the management of common conditions. It also released new essential medicines and health supplies list for HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, pneumonia and diarrhoea in children.

Published
01 February 2013
From
AllAfrica
Dr. Mark Dybul: The Big Push to Defeat AIDS, TB and Malaria

Every era offers something special. I think the most special thing about our current time is the incredible opportunity that scientific advances have provided in the field of global health, giving us the ability to completely control highly dangerous infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Published
23 January 2013
From
Huffington Post
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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