Vital anti-malaria drug faces major production shortfall next year - UN

Only half the 60 million doses of medicine needed next year to fight the deadliest form of malaria are likely to be produced due to a shortage of the main raw ingredient, the United Nations health agency announced today.

UN-backed anti-malaria campaigns sound note of optimism in war on disease

With new technologies and increased financing fuelling optimism in the fight against malaria, which now claims more than 1 million lives each year, the leaders of United Nations campaigns to combat the disease today pledged substantially more funding for improved prevention, treatment and production of a vaccine.

WHO warns of shortage of anti-malarial drug, suggests alternatives

As increasing demand for artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for malaria is likely to result in a shortage in the next four months, the United Nations public health agency has advised certain countries to be prepared to use alternative medicines.

WHO welcomes progress in malaria vaccine trial

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed news that a potential malaria vaccine could protect toddlers in Africa, and stressed the vital role of the continent's institutions in developing tools to fight a major killer of children.

UN-backed talks look for production boost in anti-malaria nets

With one child dying every 30 seconds of malaria, health officials and business representatives gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, today for a United Nations-backed meeting on improving the availability of long-lasting insecticidal nets in a bid to prevent the disease’s spread.

UNICEF goodwill ambassador Lang Lang praises Tanzania's fight to stop malaria

Piano virtuoso Lang Lang, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is visiting Tanzania, where he praised the Government's efforts to fight malaria - a killer of more than 1 million people each year, most of them under five years old and living in sub-Saharan Africa.

UN-backed initiative receives $16 million grant to fight malaria in African infants

With malaria causing an estimated 1 million deaths and a further half billion clinical cases every year among African children, a United Nations-backed consortium has received $16 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate a promising new strategy to control the disease in infants.

UN nuclear agency fights not just weapons but diseases of mass destruction too

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, better known for its efforts to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction, today drew attention to its role in another battle – the war against diseases of mass destruction.

UN urges donor countries, drug firms to fund anti-malaria fight to save millions

With more than 600 million people, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa, facing the daily threat of death from malaria since new treatments are unavailable where they live, the United Nations today called on donor countries and pharmaceutical firms to provide the resources necessary to conquer new drug-resistant strains.