Kenya Addresses Equity in Net Distribution

Thursday the 16th of August 2007 marked a dual launching of two related malaria documents in Nairobi. WHO released its new guidance on insecticide-treated bed nets, and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Kenya shared its impact report on malaria control interventions. Both stressed the importance of mass distribution of free Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets… Continue reading Kenya Addresses Equity in Net Distribution

Nets for All

A malaria control curiosity appeared in the news this past week – vaporized lighting. The concept seems simple enough – using the heat of a light bulb to vaporize and disperse insecticides. While we encourage multiple vector control efforts, the feasibility of finding functioning light bulbs among the must vulnerable populations gives pause to the… Continue reading Nets for All

Urban Malaria or Urban Myth?

Debate has gone back and forth as to whether malaria is a serious urban health problem or not. This issue itself is important to consider since the world’s population continues to urbanize, making it very necessary to understand the nature of urban health problems for better planning. The key issue is the anopheles mosquito, which… Continue reading Urban Malaria or Urban Myth?

Malaria in Pregnancy: Preventing Low Birth Weight

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene published a unique article in its May 2007 issue that documents how the timing and number of malaria infections during pregnancy influences child birth weight outcomes in Burkina Faso. Infection after 6 months of pregnancy was the strongest factor associated with low birth weight (LBW), but LBW… Continue reading Malaria in Pregnancy: Preventing Low Birth Weight

HIV and Malaria Programming Synergies Needed

Last year EM Kamau wrote about “the enormous potential that exists between (the HIV and the Malaria) initiatives that seek to address closely related issues and targeting the same populations at risk within a fairly well defined geographical setting”  in the African Journal of Health Sciences. These synergies are not always found in practice. The HIV/AIDS project of… Continue reading HIV and Malaria Programming Synergies Needed

It Takes a Millennium Development Village

A recent AFP report focuses on the village of Sauri near Lake Victoria in Kenya. Sauri is one of the first 12 Millennium Development Villages (MDVs) in Africa and has been making strides using an integrated development approach. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focus broadly on improving income, food supply and education, enhancing women’s empowerment,… Continue reading It Takes a Millennium Development Village

Revising Ghana’s Malaria Strategy

Ghana, like other countries in the region, is reported to be revising its national malaria strategy. Most countries developed a new strategy document around 2001, at the beginning of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, that reflected the goals of achieving 60% coverage of the core interventions (ITNs, IPT and appropriate and timely case management).  This… Continue reading Revising Ghana’s Malaria Strategy

Communities Can Deliver for Malaria

The Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program of UNDP/World Bank/WHO/UNICEF piloted Community Directed Intervention (CDI) for ivermectin distribution for onchocerciasis (river blindness) control in 1995, and found that it provided greater coverage than distribution efforts organized by only the health authority. With CDI communities made decisions when and how to collect their annual ivermectin supplies, about… Continue reading Communities Can Deliver for Malaria

18 Million Nets and Counting

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) has delivered more than 18 million insecticide-treated bed nets as of December 2006. In Malawi alone, UNICEF reports nearly 4 million nets distributed since 2002 from various sources. During a campaign in May 2006, 2 million nets were distributed in Niger through IFRC, CIDA and… Continue reading 18 Million Nets and Counting

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