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2009-09-03 08:45:16

Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. The bed nets cost about $6 each. When costs for transporting and distributing the nets and educating people how to use them are factored in, it cost just over $411 per infant death prevented. In addition, the intervention prevented an estimated...

2009-06-19 12:42:00

DAKAR, Senegal, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World-famous singer Youssou Ndour has a voice that is recognized across the globe. Now he's using that voice to amplify the fight against malaria in his home country of Senegal with a new song "Xeex Sibbiru" ("Fight Malaria" in Wolof) and a multi-year partnership with Malaria No More, designed to get Africa singing a different tune -- one of a country where no child dies of malaria. "Xeex Sibbiru" raises awareness about malaria prevention...

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2009-06-09 07:05:00

As part of a worldwide push to eradicate one of the oldest and deadliest diseases still in existence, scientists at the University of Maryland are tinkering with mosquito DNA to produce insects capable of carrying a larger than normal load of the parasite responsible for malaria.Which begs the question: why would they want to produce more infectious mosquitoes? Scientists say they hope to use the genetically engineered insects to harvest more of the key ingredients needed for the world's...

2009-06-02 06:40:00

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Valent BioSciences Corporation announced today the national launch of Pramex(TM) Net, a new product to protect consumers from mosquitoes and other flying insects. Pramex Net is the first Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) available in the United States. These durable nets are pre-treated with insecticide and are the ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers who seek protection from biting mosquitoes, houseflies and other...

2009-04-24 13:41:00

CNN Makes Good on $100,000 Pledge to Protect Children From Malaria, Killer of 3,000 African Children Every Day NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UNICEF today announced that it will be the recipient of a $100,000 gift from CNN Worldwide designated for the provision of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) meant to stem the spread of malaria, one day before World Malaria Day, April 25. The gift comes as the result of a highly publicized challenge between actor Ashton...

2009-04-23 18:12:00

World Malaria Day Events Held in Nairobi, London, Washington LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- To honor the theme for World Malaria Day on 4/25, 'Counting Malaria Out,' Vestergaard Frandsen is stepping up production of its best selling bed net, called PermaNet(R), and introducing a new version that is effective against insecticide resistant mosquitoes. Malaria claims more than one million lives every year, and leaves half of the world's population at risk of contracting the...

2009-04-16 11:22:00

RICHMOND, Va., April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An African child dies every 30 seconds from this same disease; nearly a half billion people become ill because of it. About 1 million children under the age of 5 die each year from malaria -- a disease that is entirely preventable. As World Malaria Day approaches April 25, Christian Children's Fund Senior Program Health Specialist David Shanklin stresses the importance of education about the disease. "Education is the foundation for...

2009-04-07 09:51:10

A U.S.-led study suggests insecticides that would kill just older mosquitoes would be a better way of controlling malaria. Pennsylvania State University Professor Andrew Read said such an approach would be a more sustainable way of controlling the disease and might lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete. Each year malaria kills about a million people, but many of the chemicals used to kill the insects become ineffective, the scientists said, since repeated exposure to...

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2009-03-31 09:24:06

Targeting mosquito larval populations may be an effective intervention to help control malaria in urban situations, a study published yesterday suggests. The research, conducted in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, has re-opened the debate on whether malaria can be controlled with larvicides, insecticides which kill mosquitoes in their water-borne larval stages of development. Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases, killing over one million people each year, mainly young...

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2009-02-01 07:35:00

Hundreds of millions of anti-malaria kits and mosquito nets will be distributed by 2010 as part of a campaign to stop one million annual malaria deaths, officials organizing the initiative said Saturday. They called on donors not to abandon the program because of the global economic crisis, and emphasized that there was significant possibility the malaria epidemic could be wiped out in the coming years. "The resources to attack this problem -- to eliminate malaria deaths -- is there. We can...