According to the statement, AGA solely financed the Obuasi malaria programme, which reduced malaria cases in the municipality by 75 per cent, with over nine million dollars invested in four years.
“AGA’s contribution towards the control of malaria includes: information and education, to raise community awareness on how to recognise and prevent possible infections, and early effective diagnosis and treatment, once malaria has been contracted”, it said.
The statement said the Fund approved $130 million funding to enable AGA to expand the programme over a five-year period, after the Country Coordinating Mechanism selected the company as the recipient of the grant.
It said a projected 3,800 job opportunities would be created in targeted communities over the next five years to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the programme beyond the Fund sponsorship period.
‘Fingerprinting’ malaria parasite drug resistance offers new tool for tracking public health threat | Wellcome TrustPosted: April 29, 2013
“Our survey of genetic variation showed that Western Cambodian malaria parasites had a population structure that was strikingly different to those of the other countries we analysed. Different not just from countries in Africa, but also different from malaria parasite populations in neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam, and even Eastern Cambodia,” says Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski, senior author of the paper from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and University of Oxford.
“Initially, we thought our findings might be just an anomaly. But when we investigated further we found three distinct sub-populations of drug-resistant parasites that differ not only from the susceptible parasites but also from one another. It is as if there are different ethnic groups of artemisinin-resistant parasites inhabiting the same region.”
One important benefit of this genetic approach is that, even without knowing the precise genetic causes of drug resistance, researchers are able to quickly identify resistant strains – an important step towards identifying molecular markers to enable effective worldwide surveillance.
Ban Ki-moon: With $3 Billion Annual Shortfall in Controlling Malaria, Replenishing Global Fund Should Be a Priority to Prevent ResurgencePosted: April 29, 2013
Recently, global funding for malaria control has plateaued. Although half the resources needed to achieve near-zero deaths from malaria by the 2015 ‘MDG’ deadline have been committed, there is still a near-$3 billion annual shortfall. This is starting to slow the scale-up of key malaria interventions in Africa, particularly the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
Lynne Featherstone: World Malaria Day: International Community Needs To Sustain Commitment To Tackle MalariaPosted: April 26, 2013
We are doing our bit. I’m in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, one of the worst-affected countries in the world. Here malaria is responsible for a third of all deaths and 97% of people live in high risk areas. Children under five experience an average of between six to ten episodes of malaria per year. That’s why today, on World Malaria Day, I am announcing a major new UK anti-malaria programme that will protect around six million people in the DRC from the disease and result in approximately 2.5 million fewer episodes of malaria amongst children under five every year.
The UK will not stand on the sidelines while millions suffer from this entirely preventable and treatable disease. It’s time for the international community to come together yet again and keep up their commitments. We need another decade of action against malaria. The prize could be another million lives saved.
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The WHO malaria specialist in Phnom Penh, Stephen Bjorge, said it is likely the strains in those countries arose independently of Cambodia’s – which means the containment efforts have worked.
But because artemisinin is the standard treatment, it is important the resistant strains in all of these areas are contained and then eradicated. That is the purpose of a three-year, $400-million program the World Health Organization announced Thursday.
“The risks are significant – not only are they significant for the region in terms of having a reversal of the gains that have been made against malaria, but they are actually significant globally,” said Robert Newman, director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Program.
Mrs Ntoso said Malaria Control was not the monopoly of any one organization, adding that, it was the responsibility of all institutions, organizations and individuals.
TWO cases of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya have been confirmed in Cairns.
Queensland Health is today issuing a warning for people to take precautions against the virus, which is similar to dengue fever.
Tests this week revealed two people who recently returned from Papua New Guinea had contracted chikungunya, which includes symptoms such as fever, prolonged joint and muscle pain, headaches, rash and fatigue.