U.S. President Donald Trump wants to cut funding to one of the government’s most effective global health programs. Trump’s budget proposal reduces support for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) by nearly half, 44 percent. The PMI was launched by the George W. Bush administration to reduce the spread of malaria around the world. Research published earlier this month shows it has been highly effective.
World Health Organization officials said Tuesday that “unprecedented progress” had been made in reducing the spread of neglected tropical diseases in some of the world’s poorest communities.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said it was announcing its next leader this week. It didn’t happen. The global health organization’s board was not satisfied with the final three candidates put forward after a months-long search and interview process held by the board’s nominations committee.
A new vaccine may help protect people against malaria. Two studies on variants of the same vaccine released today found that it is effective at preventing malaria. The promising results are tempered by the fact that roughly 100 people participated in the two studies and they provided protection well below the 75 percent threshold set by the World Health Organization.
A group concerned that malaria eradication might be falling from the radar announced a special council to keep the issue front and center.
The populations most vulnerable to malaria – pregnant women and children in sub-Saharan Africa – have seen markedly greater access to effective malaria control in recent years, according to a new report.
Living Goods’ community health promoters helped reduce child mortality by 27 percent and infant mortality by 33 percent. Neonatal mortality also was 27 percent lower, overall health knowledge improved and people were more likely to take preventive health measures compared to areas without community health promoters, according to the randomized control trial.
Nearly a decade ago, Bill and Melinda Gates stunned, and in some quarters irritated, the global health community by calling for the eradication of malaria, one of the world’s biggest killers. But last week, preliminary findings from a huge project under way in a section of central Africa known as the Sahel show a bold new strategy that might just nudge malaria eradication a bit closer toward reality.
The Venezuelan government’s attempts to downplay the country’s most pressing public health issues have likely contributed to this year’s alarming increase in malaria cases.
Scientists have ample reason to keep an eye on a mosquito-borne virus called mayaro, but when the media rushes to declare it the next Zika epidemic, the result may do more harm than good. Mayaro has been circulating in Latin America for decades, but little is known about the virus.