malaria

1 Visualizing malaria – as more than just a killer

Today, people everywhere around the globe mark World Malaria Day. The idea is to raise awareness of the massive toll the disease on especially the poorest countries and the need to continue making progress in the fight against this parasitic disease. In an earlier Humanosphere post, we explained how declining…

0 Harvard students hope a mob mentality can raise malaria awareness

Cambridge, MA – You might stumble upon a strange flash mob today if you happen to be in Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Changsha, China; or Harare, Zimbabwe. Large groups of young people will act in unison, mostly in silence, as they follow the directions played over their phones. It will probably look odd…

0 An Expat’s Guide to Surviving Malaria

The following is an excerpt from Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places, by Michael Bear and Liz Good. The first time I got malaria was, as is often the case, the worst. No, actually, that’s not true: the fourth (and most recent) time I got malaria was…

1 Visualizing progress against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

Guest post by Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) announced this week that donors pledged a total of US $12 billion to save lives through prevention and treatment of…

1 Desperate situations bring back old malaria interventions

By Amy Maxmen, contributor In Mali, a mother administers anti-malarial drug to her child.Amy Maxmen An abandoned measure in malaria prevention has been resurrected in six African nations this year. About 1.2 million healthy children are swallowing malaria drugs to prevent the disease during the rainy season in regions where…

2 The 10 stories you missed while following the Philippines

The disaster following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines rightly has dominated the global twenty-four hour news cycle. Humanosphere has devoted more of our reporting time to the issue than anything else this week. With nearly one million people displaced and close to twelve million affected, the scope of the problem…

1 Gates-backed test malaria vaccine is celebrated, half glass full

African child with cerebral malariaMike Urban An experimental malaria vaccine, made by GSK with backing and support on the research side from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Seattle-based PATH, has (again) been shown to protect half the children in the study were immunized against malaria. The results, announced…

0 What global health needs is more (value for) money

The Global Fund was, and is, one of the most hopeful, compassionate and impressive things the international community has done in a long time. That’s why it’s being celebrated in and around the grand UN confab this week. That’s why some cheered when Britain announced it would give another $1.6 billion this week, and it’s also why some are clamoring for even more funds – since many millions more are still not reached. But like most things we humans do when we rush in to fix something, it was also seriously flawed.

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