By Nines Lima, MSF’s advisor on tropical medicine
Since 2000, malaria deaths have fallen by 47% globally, and by 54% in the African region, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The use of rapid diagnostic tests and treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have played a key role in this great progress. However, malaria still kills in Africa, where 90% of global malaria deaths occur, killing more than 430,000 children a year.
Worldwide, 8.5 million infants aged less than 6 months (<6m) are acutely malnourished. For the first time, 2013 WHO Malnutrition Guidelines describe their treatment, but on the basis of “very low quality” evidence, per WHO. More and better research is urgently needed.
169 Polio surveillance: tracking progress towards eradication worldwide, 2013–2014
179 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2015
NEW YORK, 23 April 2015 – Ahead of World Malaria Day, UNICEF’s ‘Facts about Malaria and Children’ shows the extensive impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women around the world.
Europe took a small step back from the moral abyss tonight when EU leaders announced tripling the funding for its naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea in response to the tragic deaths of children there.
Equally important were the commitments from national governments to provide extra naval ships to patrol the sea between North Africa and southern Europe.
More to be done
Paris, France | AFP | jeudi 23/04/2015 - 23:01 GMT
par Brigitte CASTELNAU
Le vaccin expérimental le plus avancé du monde contre le paludisme offre aux jeunes enfants une protection limitée, et moindre encore pour les bébés, mais pourrait néanmoins protéger des millions de petits exposés au parasite, selon les responsables d'une vaste étude.
Paris, France | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 23:01 GMT
by Mariette LE ROUX
The world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine offers young children partial protection that wanes with time, but could shield millions against the deadly parasite, its developers said Friday.
Researchers published the final results of a years-long trial with the drug RTS,S in The Lancet medical journal.
23 AVRIL 2015 | GENÈVE - L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) lance un appel à la communauté sanitaire mondiale pour qu’elle s’attaque d’urgence aux importantes lacunes qui subsistent dans la prévention, le diagnostic et le traitement du paludisme. Bien que le nombre de cas et les décès dus au paludisme aient diminué de façon spectaculaire depuis l’an 2000, plus d’un demi-million de vies sont encore perdues chaque année à la suite de cette maladie évitable.
Leaders Gather in Jeddah for World Malaria Day; Call for Increased Investment to Save Lives & Advance Development Efforts
Urges public to #AskPharma how countries can get a fair shot when prices are kept secret
London/New York, 23 April 2015—Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today launched a global campaign—‘A FAIR SHOT’— is calling on pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to slash the price of the pneumonia vaccine in developing countries to US$5 or less per child. Pneumonia kills one million children every year, but MSF is warning the high price of the vaccine is preventing some countries from protecting their children.
Catania, Italy | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 13:37 GMT
People smugglers responsible for the Mediterranean's worst disaster in decades beat several migrants to death and executed at least one minor before the boat left Libya with more than 750 people aboard, survivors have told investigators.
The Prosecutor's office in the Sicilian city of Catania on Thursday identified the 26 men who, along with two crew members, were the only survivors of Sunday's catastrophe, saying publication of the names by the media was the only way they could inform friends and family.
23 April 2015 | GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The people of The United Methodist Church today will make a historic donation to the Global Fund with a gift of $9.6 million, the single largest contribution made by a faith organization to the Geneva-based institution. Approximately 12.5 million United Methodists throughout the world contributed to the Imagine No Malaria initiative through donations and grassroots fundraising efforts, ranging from pancake breakfasts to 5K runs to lemonade stands.
By Valentina Ieri
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 2015 (IPS) - Despite commitments by the international community to achieve universal primary education by 2015, funds for education have been decreasing over the past ten years, according to a report released Friday by the global advocacy campaign ‘A World at School’*.*
22 avril 2015 | GENÈVE – Les progrès pour atteindre les cibles mondiales de la couverture vaccinale fixées pour 2015 sont très insuffisants. Un enfant sur cinq ne bénéficie toujours pas des vaccins essentiels qui permettraient d'éviter 1,5 million de décès infantiles. À la veille de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination 2015 (24 -30 avril), l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) appelle à redoubler d’efforts pour rétablir un rythme de progression suffisant.
GENÈVE, 22 avril (HCR) – Le HCR s'est félicité mardi du Plan d'action européen pour répondre aux problèmes de la migration irrégulière en Méditerranée. L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a toutefois annoncé que davantage doit être fait, après que des centaines de réfugiés et de migrants aient péri en haute mer.
En particulier, le Haut Commissaire assistant en charge de la protection Volker Türk a déclaré à Genève qu'une opération robuste de recherche et de sauvetage et des voies juridiques crédibles à ces traversées périlleuses demeurent nécessaires.
Chiara Montaldo is working with Médecins Sans Frontières in Sicily, where 700 migrants have arrived in the past week, all in vessels unsafe for travel
I’m in Pozzallo, a small tourist town on the south coast of Sicily. In the past week, more than 700 migrants have arrived here – 373 on Tuesday, 300 on Friday and 100 on Sunday. Our team is tired out after working day and night. The reception centre in Pozzallo was designed for just 180 people. Some of those arriving crossed the sea in rubber dinghies, others in wooden boats, but not one of the vessels was safe to travel in.
22 April 2015 | GENEVA – Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24 -30 April), the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.
‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Africa, with a view to preventing even more people from embarking on the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
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Fairfield, Conn. (April 21, 2015) — If current trends continue, 2,500 children could die in the Mediterranean this year unless politicians immediately restart rescue operations, Save the Children warns.
The charity is calling on European Union leaders meeting in Brussels Thursday to agree to restart search and rescue operations off the coast of Italy within 48 hours, on the scale of the previous Mare Nostrum operation.