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USAID @ UNGA: Malaria Efforts Are on Track to Meet to Reduce Malaria Deaths to Near Zero by 2015

By Rear Adm. (ret) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Prominent leaders in global health and development joined several African heads of state yesterday to announce new commitments to accelerate progress toward ending deaths from malaria, a disease that claims the lives of more than 850,000 Africans each year. Participants included: Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE MDG SUMMIT: Global Investment in Malaria Prevention Could Save 3 Million Lives Over Next Five Years

By Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator This morning at the National Press Club, I joined the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to launch the third report from the Progress & Impact Series “Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals”.  The report states that the lives of almost […]

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USAID Strengthens Malaria Control Efforts in Africa

Thanks to a little teamwork, efforts toward sustainable malaria control in Africa just received a boost. Indoor residual spraying (IRS), a mainstay of malaria eradication efforts for decades, has typically involved oversight by health specialists trained in IRS application.

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NBA and WNBA Bring Nets to Senegal but Grab Mosquitoes, not Baskets

Submitted by: Susan Telingator On Friday, August 6, USAID/Senegal was pleased to be a part of the effort to distribute long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign and NBA Cares programs in Rufisque, a suburb of Dakar. Teams of NBA (National Basketball Association) and WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) […]

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In Mozambique, Religious Leaders Unite Together Against Malaria

Left unchecked, disease imperils the stability and prosperity of all; therefore, improving global health out­comes is a shared responsibility. This means reaching out to community elders, leaders, and religious groups to ensure the quality and reach of health services and messages. Religious leaders, along with their well-established networks of volunteers and community groups, have the […]

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Focusing on Quality Assurance for Malaria Diagnostics

Maria José Inés, chief nurse at the Benfica Baixa Health Center in the city of Huambo in Angola, has seen many patients with fever over the years and treated countless malaria patients. In many parts of Africa, a majority of fevers have been more likely due to other pathogens than with malaria parasites, underscoring the need for […]

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Pic of the Week – USAID Health Huts

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah meeting with expectant mothers on health issues

A community health hut is an innovative approach to ensure health services for those who don’t have the money or the transportation to travel great distances to see a doctor.  USAID supports a nationwide network of nearly 1,500 huts in Senegal, staffed by almost 10,000 volunteers, covering a population of nearly two and a half […]

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Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets Save Lives

In Africa, malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes that bite predominantly at night. Therefore, sleeping under an insecticide-treated net (ITN) can greatly reduce the risk of infection because ITNs repel mosquitoes and kill those that land on them. Increasing ownership and use of ITNs is a key component of President Malaria Initiative’s (PMI’s) prevention strategy. Launched in […]

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USAID Partners with U.S Army Medical Research Unit to Improve Malaria Diagnosis in Africa

By Rick Scavetta  and Chris Thomas Inside Rachuonyo district hospital in Kenya, Simba Mobagi peers through his laboratory’s only microscope at a sick woman’s blood sample. The 33-year-old laboratory technologist’s goal – rapidly identifying malaria parasites. Dozens more samples await his eyes. Each represents a patient suffering outside on wooden benches. Mogabi takes little time […]

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Progress and Challenges in Fight Against Malaria in Mekong SubRegion

While major progress has been made in the fight against malaria in the Mekong SubRegion covering the six countries of Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and China, the disease continues to be a major public health problem, according to the World Health Organization’s recent Mekong Malaria report. USAID provides critical strategic support in the region […]

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