Increased aid to fight malaria paying off though much more needed – UN report

The global drive to eradicate malaria is beginning to show dividends, with more than a third of the most affected African nations slashing the number of cases of the deadly infection by half, according to a new United Nations health agency report released today.

UN envoy reviews progress, challenges in controlling malaria in Nigeria, Kenya

The United Nations official leading efforts to tackle malaria is visiting Nigeria and Kenya this week, the two nations which together account for one third of the estimated 1 million deaths worldwide from the deadly disease.

UN anti-malaria official commends UNICEF for funding 20 million mosquito nets

The official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts against malaria has welcomed the decision of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to allocate more than $8 million in new funds to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

UN anti-malaria official hails provision of 30 million mosquito nets for Nigeria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in its largest-ever malaria initiative, will provide 30 million long-lasting treated mosquito nets to Nigeria, a move applauded by the official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle the disease.

Malaria gets ‘ugly’ on hit US comedy show – UN

A United Nations-backed campaign to raise awareness about malaria – which claims over 1 million lives annually – has a starring role on the season premiere of the hit United States television comedy, “Ugly Betty.”

African leaders unite to meet UN malaria eradication targets

African leaders are at the forefront of a landmark initiative to protect all those at risk from malaria with life-saving interventions by the end of 2010, the United Nations Envoy for efforts to defeat the deadly disease says.

UN’s anti-malaria envoy confident of reaching protection milestone in Africa

The official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle malaria says he is confident that the world can achieve Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s goal of providing all sub-Saharan African countries where the disease is endemic with universal access to insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying and treatment by the end of next year.

Top UN officials review malaria control efforts in Uganda

Two senior United Nations officials are currently in Uganda to review the country’s progress in controlling malaria, which every year kills an estimated 1 million people, most of them children in Africa.

UN agencies launch DDT-free anti-malaria initiative

The United Nations today announced a renewed round of international efforts to combat malaria with a reduced reliance on the controversial synthetic pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT).

UN chief calls for greater efforts to eradicate malaria on international day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to redouble its efforts to ensure that every person at risk of catching malaria has access to a mosquito net by 2010, in a message marking World Malaria Day.