UN-backed fund sharply increases distribution of treated bed nets to fight malaria

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is drastically increasing the number of insecticide-treated bed nets for families at risk from malaria, a key tool to preventing the mosquito-borne disease which kills two people and infects 1,000 others every minute, mostly in developing countries.

UN-backed strategy seeks to develop powerful malaria vaccine by 2025

With two people dying from malaria every minute and up to 1,000 others becoming infected, a new United Nations-backed global strategy was launched today to develop a highly effective vaccine within the next 20 years.

Tennis star joins UN-backed efforts in Ghana to combat malaria, the main child killer

On her first trip to Africa, world tennis star Serena Williams has urged all pregnant women and children in Ghana to protect themselves from malaria, the deadly disease that is the number one killer of children in the country, responsible for one quarter of all under-five deaths every year.

Ethiopia can beat malaria with its latest programme, says official at UN children’s agency

Ethiopia has a chance of defeating malaria, its biggest killer, an official from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today as the Horn of Africa country’s Government launched a major push against the disease ahead of the annual transmission season.

Reversing its policy, UN agency promotes DDT to combat the scourge of malaria

Nearly 30 years after safety concerns led to the phasing out of indoor spraying with DDT and other insecticides to control malaria, the United Nations health agency said today it will start promoting this method again to fight the global scourge that kills more than one million people every year, including around 3,000 children everyday.

UN-organized trip shines media spotlight on Tanzania’s efforts to prevent malaria

In a bid to raise awareness about the devastating effects of malaria and one country’s efforts to combat it, the United Nations has organized a visit by journalists to Tanzania, which is turning to sport and culture to spread its message about preventing disease – the country’s biggest killer of children.

13 drug companies comply with UN health agency call against malaria pill

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that 13 pharmaceutical companies have agreed to comply with its recommendation to phase out single-drug artemisinin medicines for oral treatment of malaria, as the agency says its use hastens the development of resistance to the drug in malaria parasites.

UN programme puts spotlight on sports to fight malaria in Tanzania

Highlighting Tanzania’s innovative use of football to inform people of ways to prevent malaria, the country’s biggest child killer, the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace has organized a visit for journalists in cooperation with other UN units and the National Association of Black Journalists.

UN marks Africa Malaria Day by stressing need combination drugs, treated nets

The United Nations today marked Africa Malaria Day by highlighting the vital need to provide universal access to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) as quickly as possible on a continent where the mosquito-borne disease kills an estimated 1 million children below the age of five every year.

More than 2 million mosquito nets distributed as Niger battles malaria: UN

Aiming to protect 3.5 million children from malaria in Niger, where almost all the population are at risk from the disease, more than 2 million mosquito nets have now been delivered throughout the impoverished country to mothers of children under five, the United Nations-backed health fund that sponsored the campaign said today.