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The impact of clinical research activities on communities in rural Africa

Background: The opportunities for developing new drugs and vaccines for malaria control look brighter now than ten years ago.


Water for Malaria

As today is World Water Day it is time to reflect on the relationship between water and malaria. As USAID notes, “The impact of water on all aspects of development is undeniable: A safe drinking water supply, adequate sanitation and hygiene, management of water resources, and improvement of water productivity can help change the lives of millions.” The key to the relationship between water and malaria is the word safe. The breeding of the malaria carrying anopheles mosquito species certainly depends on unsafe collections of “clean” but unmoving sources water that could range from a village pond to a cow hoof print. During certain seasons these are ubiquitous. Seid Tiku Mereta and colleagues showed us recently that humans may be their own worst enemies when it comes to producing mosquito larval breeding sites.  They found that Anopheline mosquito larvae showed a widespread distribution and especially occurred in small human-made aquatic habitats… In contrast, anopheline mosquito larvae were found to be less prominently present in permanent larval habitats.


Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs)

Based on experience in Cameroon working with the Peace Corps’ Stomp Out Malaria initiative, I have come to appreciate the growing problem of insecticide resistance…


Working Paper Examines Global Fund’s Presence In China

The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound” blog discusses a working paper assessing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s 10-year presence in China. Yanhzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, writes, “The Fund’s money has played a vital role in boosting resources to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria in China.…More

Geographical variation in Plasmodium vivax relapse

Background: Plasmodium vivax has the widest geographic distribution of the human malaria parasites and nearly 2.5 billion people live at risk of infection.

Anti-malarial activity of indole alkaloids isolated from Aspidosperma olivaceum

Background: Several species of Aspidosperma (Apocynaceae) are used as treatments for human diseases in the tropics.

Assessment of the prophylactic activity and pharmacokinetic profile of oral tafenoquine…

Background: As anti-malarial drug resistance escalates, new safe and effective medications are necessary to prevent and treat malaria infections.

Repositioning: the fast track to new anti-malarial medicines?

Background: Repositioning of existing drugs has been suggested as a fast track for developing new anti-malarial agents.

Global Fund’s New Funding Model Launched In West, Central Africa

Media sources discuss the launch in West and Central Africa of the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bernama: African Countries Discuss New Funding Model To Fight Diseases “Twelve countries from the eastern and southern African regions met here over the past four days to discuss the new…More

Making sense of data

by Alan Whiteside,  CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Balsillie School for International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada      We are bombarded with data and making sense of it is increasingly challenging. The same internet that brings the International Health Policies Newsletter barrages us with information: advertisements; offers to send money; raise libido and so on. With a few clicks of the mouse we can Google or find Wikipedia information, (although there is no guarantee of its quality). In this editorial I want to deconstruct three figures I have seen and used recently. These relate to money, HIV data, and life expectancy Let me begin with money and the figure of $87 billion

IHP news 266: The IHME report on global health financing

Dear Colleagues, Some of you are on early Easter holidays, so we’ll try to keep this newsletter a bit shorter than usual. Other good reasons for keeping it brief, is that Richard Horton occasionally pops up in my dreams now (which I’d like to avoid), and that I have to pick up my son from a table tennis camp, later this afternoon. In this newsletter we focus, among other issues, on the annual IHME report, ‘Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity’. Very nice report, apparently; on Twitter we learnt Chris Murray got a well-deserved “reception like a rock star”, when the report was launched. Unfortunately, the title is just plain wrong (granted, Bono himself gets it wrong on some issues too)

Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).

Al Jazeera’s ‘Lifelines’ Series Posts New Content

Al Jazeera: Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health The news service posts new information in its “Lifelines” series, including pages focused on rabies, river blindness, trachoma, malaria, and schistosomiasis (4/10).