At the end of December, with the wrap-up of the UN Millennium Development Goals, the global health community collectively patted ourselves on the back for reducing malaria-related deaths by 60 percent, saving 6.2 million lives and reducing new cases by 37 percent since 2000.
At the clinic, Lorna was tested and treated for malaria and later discharged with advice from doctors to take the full course of treatment. They also advised her and her family to sleep under their mosquito nets every night for protection.
Unfortunately, there's no magic approach to separate the bad crazy ideas from the good crazy ideas, but the good ones do have a few distinguishing characteristics that help us improve our success rate.
UNITAID is a small but scrappy group based within the World Health Organization that is applying 21st century solutions to age-old problems using a 1-2 punch of innovative financing and futuristic technology.
Diseases do not recognize borders. Mosquitos that transmit malaria don't either. The investments that the world makes to the Global Fund are going to allow us to continue to implement high-impact interventions.
There's a reason we recognize World Malaria Day annually, and it is this: While there is no vaccine, malaria is both preventable and curable. But travelers, expatriates, businesses, NGOs and universities must know the risks beforehand.
A preventable, curable disease, was killing close to a million children a year. Can you know these facts, and not do anything about them? Was I going to be a writer who knew about this -- and yet continue to write fictional films usually featuring weddings?
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that it will need $15 billion to continue its life-saving work. If the world comes together to meet this replenishment goal, it will build on one of its greatest achievements of the past decade by saving millions more lives.
Dr. Roly Gosling is an international expert on malaria. I have asked him to answer a few questions for us regarding malaria elimination, its importance, and why the Global Fund is critical to achieving that goal worldwide.
Three months ago, I shared a story about a Ugandan girl -- Christine Akullo -- who was preparing to compete in the Paralympics in London. The events for which Christine had trained so hard went on without her, because she suddenly became ill with malaria.