Malaria

Boosted global efforts against malaria lead to far fewer deaths – UN

The expansion of malaria prevention and control measures have resulted in a decline of more than 25 per cent in the number of deaths caused by the disease in the past decade, and a 33 per cent reduction in mortality rates in Africa, the disease’s heartland, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.

Search for malaria and tuberculosis vaccines put on fast track by UN partnership

One billion of the world’s poorest people stand to benefit from a partnership launched today by the United Nations and top pharmaceutical companies to speed up the royalty-free development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to treat neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

UN and partners scale up malaria response for two million Somalis at risk

The United Nations and its partners are escalating their response measures to prevent a malaria outbreak in Somalia, where two million people already suffering from drought, famine and conflict are at higher risk of contracting the disease during the current rainy season.

Efforts of UN-led global anti-malaria partnership save a million lives in a decade

Global malaria deaths have dropped by about 38 per cent over the past decade, saving the lives of more than one million people, mostly children, through the efforts of a United Nations-led global partnership that put emphasis on prevention and treatment, particularly the use of insecticide-treated nets, according to a report unveiled today.

UN envoy stresses malaria deaths can be eradicated, urges world to build on gains

Efforts to combat malaria in Africa are bearing fruit with 11 countries where the disease is endemic reporting a 50 per cent decline in mortality as a result of a global initiative to combat the disease, United Nations envoy Ray Chambers said today, calling for sustained efforts to eradicate deaths from the illness.

UN calls for intensified efforts to reach goal of no more deaths from malaria

The world must dramatically step up its existing efforts to conquer malaria if it is to reach the goal of near zero deaths from the disease – which, despite being preventable and curable, currently kills almost 800,000 people every year – by 2015, the United Nations warns today.

African anti-malaria initiative offers good model for tackling other ills, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the success achieved by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in saving thousands of lives across the continent, saying it offers a good model for tackling other social ills.

UN health agency launches action plan to halt malaria drug resistance

The United Nations health agency today launched a new action plan to halt the spread of resistance to artemisinin, the world's most potent treatment for malaria, warning that the tremendous gains made in recent years against the disease are under threat.