Malaria

Global Fund reinstates Uganda as new management of health grants is agreed

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has reinstated its five grants to Uganda, after agreeing on action points for restructured national management of the funds.

United Against Malaria concert shows global resolve against the illness – Annan

As thousands of people gathered in Geneva at the United Against Malaria Concert – a major fund-raising event held over weekend – Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the audience that the event demonstrated a growing international will to combat the disease.

General Assembly receives update on Roll Back Malaria initiative

The international community should provide anti-malarial medicines and nets to malaria-endemic countries free of cost as they try to halve the disease in their populations in the next four years and work towards halting its spread by 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report to the General Assembly, due to start its major annual public discussions this week.

Steps must be taken to avoid resistance to latest malaria drug, UN agency warns

The United Nations health agency today called on countries to adopt monitoring measures to ensure that new life-saving malaria medicines do not lose their effectiveness through misuse, producing resistant strains of a disease that causes more than 300 million acute illnesses and 1 million deaths annually.

Annan, UN agency heads welcome new US initiative to fight malaria

Emphasizing that malaria kills more than 1 million people every year, the United Nations today hailed United States President George W. Bush's major new commitment of more than $1 billion to fund prevention and treatment in Africa as a great step forward in fighting a disease that casts a terrible shadow across the continent.

UN-sponsored East African meeting on anti-malarial drug supply opens

With demand for a new anti-malarial treatment expected to more than double this year, The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened an expert meeting in Tanzania in a bid to ensure a reliable supply of a critical drug that could prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths.

New UN report says death toll from resurgent malaria is a million a year

The prevention and treatment of malaria has made progress since 2000, but an annual death toll of 1 million people presents challenges as the mosquito-borne parasitic disease makes a comeback, the first joint malaria report from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says.

UN health agency and Africa mark fifth anti-malaria day

The war against malaria in Africa can only be won if governments, communities and development partners work together against the parasitic disease that kills more than 800,000 Africans per year, the regional director for Africa of the United Nations health agency said today.

Partnership to stop malaria has made unprecedented gains, UNICEF says

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, grouping governments, businesses and celebrities from around the world, has made unprecedented strides in reducing the spread of malaria in Africa by promoting the manufacture on the continent of anti-malarial medicines and millions of insecticide-treated bed nets, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

Weekend UN concert in Senegal will raise funds to fight malaria with bed nets

With malaria claiming the lives of 3,000 African children a day, three of Africa's most celebrated music stars – Youssou N'Dour and Baaba Maal of Senegal and Khaled of Algeria – will be among those performing this weekend at a concert partly sponsored by United Nations agencies to raise funds for the elimination of the disease.