Malaria

1:44pm

Thu November 1, 2012
Shots - Health News

Researchers Say Drug Subsidies Led To Overtreatment Of Malaria In Africa

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:23 am

Blood samples dry during malaria screening. Public health workers call for more malaria testing in Africa to stop costly drugs from being handed out to kids with pneumonia.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

There's a hot debate in global health right now. And the stakes are high.

This month the Global Fund will vote to continue or scrap a $225 million project that subsidizes the cost of the most effective malaria drugs in seven African countries.

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11:40am

Wed October 31, 2012
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Malaria Drug Subsidies: Good Idea Or Wrong Path?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:48 am

Dr. Esther Dalizu holds a pack of Coartem Malaria drugs in a pharmacy in Nairobi, Kenya, last year.
Sayyid Azim AP

A month ago we wrote about results from an experiment in getting the most effective malaria drugs to more people who need them in Africa.

The idea was to subsidize the cost of drugs, sometimes to a price point below their wholesale cost, and make them more widely available.

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1:58pm

Thu October 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Cellphones Helped Researchers Track Malaria In Kenya

More than 90 percent of Kenyans use mobile phones, giving scientists a powerful tool to track how diseases spread.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

3:40pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Subsidies Help Get Modern Malaria Drugs To Millions In Africa

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:39 pm

Ayo Bello grabs a box of malaria medication at a pharmacy in Lagos, Nigeria. A pilot project by the Global Fund has helped private pharmacies and clinics sell top quality malaria drugs at wholesale prices in Nigeria and seven other African countries.
Sunday Alamba Associated Press

Two years ago the United Nations' Global Fund launched an experiment that aimed to reduce the cost of malaria drugs in parts of Africa where they're needed most.

The idea was to subsidize the cost of drugs, sometimes making them available even cheaper than wholesale.

Did it work? The results for the first phase of the pilot were unveiled yesterday in Washington, and they looked pretty good — at least for the short time the project has been up and running.

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3:31pm

Mon August 20, 2012
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Dr. Seuss On Malaria: 'This is Ann ... She Drinks Blood'

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 8:34 am

During World War II, Capt. Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — created a small booklet explaining how to prevent mosquito bites.
Theodor Geisel Courtesy of USDA

Before he cooked up green eggs or taught us to count colorful fish, Dr. Seuss was a captain in the U.S. Army. And during World War II, the author and illustrator, whose given name was Theodor Geisel, spent a few years creating training films and pamphlets for the troops.

One of Geisel's Army cartoons was a booklet aimed at preventing malaria outbreaks among GIs by urging them to use nets and keep covered up.

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