$40M to fight malaria – Disease begins to spread again

The Gates Foundation will give $40 million over the next five years to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to fight malaria, Reuters reported July 31.

The grant will be used to test new vaccines, insecticides and drugs. It was announced just one week after the Group of Eight industrialized nations announced their commitment to reducing malaria 50 percent worldwide by 2010.

The grant will also fund new research and training in Malawi, Gambia, Ghana and Tanzania. Africa has 90 percent of the world’s malaria deaths.

Malaria is the most widespread tropical disease in the world. Anti-malarial drugs have been available for decades but changes in climate, social instability and resistance to pesticides and treatments have led to an increase in the disease in many countries.

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