Corning will manufacture a handheld, battery-operated device developed by the FDA to detect fake or substandard malaria drugs. The device will be tested first in Ghana, then in other areas where malaria rates are high and counterfeit drugs are common. The FDA plans to distribute the device in coordination with the NIH, CDC, USAID and other organizations.
Malaria deaths can be prevented by using bed nets, UNICEF said as part of its World Malaria Day statement. "We must distribute insecticide-treated nets to all who need them, provide timely testing for children and appropriate medicine when they are infected," says Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF's director of programs.
The United Nations Security Council voted today to create a UN peacekeeping force for Mali that would have the ability to actively prevent the return of insurgents. The peacekeepers' primary duty would be to stabilize towns in northern Mali.
Syrian rebels attacked government troops in Hama in an effort to draw government forces away from other rebel-held areas. Separately, China says that a political solution is the only way to end the Syrian conflict
Today is World Malaria Day, and its theme of "Invest in the future: defeat malaria" underscores the importance of the global fight against this disease,
Emilie Filou writes. The World Health Organization says 1.3 billion in Asia are threatened by malaria. In the U.S., the President's Malaria Initiative is getting bipartisan support.