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Discover the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition

Roll Back Malaria Zambezi ExpeditionOn 29th March 2008, the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition launches into a two months voyage to showcase successes and highlight challenges associated with the fight against one of the globe's leading infectious killers. This unparalleled endeavor is made possible thanks to the six malaria endemic countries in the Zambezi region and a public private partnership effort. Visit the dedicated Zambezi Expedition website today to learn more.
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Distinguished Prize for Malaria

Brian GreenwoodTokyo, Japan, 26 March 2008 - The Government of Japan announced today its decision to award the inaugural Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prizes to Brian Greenwood, Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, for his bold and innovative work on malaria and Miriam K. Were, co-founder and Health Specialist UZIMA Foundation, Kenya.
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The Gates Foundation Grants 200 million To Malaria Research and Control Programs

Gates FoundationThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded 13 new grants, totaling almost US $200 million, to help fight malaria. This new funding adds to the Foundation's existing portfolio of grants that support initiatives to strengthen existing malaria control programmes and to pursue a wide range of research on new strategies to prevent and treat the disease. Among these new grants:

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RBM applauds US decision to step up funding against malaria

US SenateWashington DC, 13 March 2008 - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat welcomes the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approval of the "Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership on HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008". The USD 50bn in approved spending is expected to include USD 5bn to fight malaria between 2009 and 2013 via bilateral programs and the Global Fund. The US funding will address the challenges of tackling malaria in high-burden areas, and allow improvements in program monitoring and evaluation.
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Non-profit and Private Companies Unite to Develop a Low-Cost Life-Saving Ingredient in Malaria Treatment

IOWHSan Francisco, CA, Emeryville, CA & Paris, France, March 3, 2008 - The Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH), a US-based nonprofit pharmaceutical company, together with synthetic biology innovator Amyris Biotechnologies, and leading pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the development of semi-synthetic artemisinin, a key ingredient in first-line malaria treatments.
This collaboration aims to create a complementary source of non-seasonal, high-quality and affordable artemisinin to supplement the current botanical supply, thereby enabling millions of people infected with malaria to gain consistent access to lower-cost, life-saving artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs).
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The Global Fund Opens its Eighth Funding Round
Last chance to request funding to reach 2010 Abuja targets

Geneva, March 3, 2008 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today began accepting proposals for a new funding round. This year's Round 8 of proposals is the last chance for malaria-endemic countries in Africa to obtain funding for malaria control activities geared towards reaching the Abuja targets of halving the malaria burden in Africa by 2010.
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership will provide targeted support to African countries to develop their malaria proposals for Round 8, resolve funding bottlenecks and accelerate the process of channeling funds to malaria control programmes.
RBM Partnership is focusing on the countries that are most affected by the disease to help them prepare comprehensive needs assessments and business plans for scaling-up malaria control interventions. Nigeria and the DRC are targeted for rapid assistance as they suffer half of the mortality burden in Africa and are in urgent need of funding.
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Gates stimulates innovation in the fight against malaria and other infectious diseases

31 March 2008 - The Gates Foundation calls for proposals for the first round of Grand Challenges Explorations, a US$100 million initiative to help scientists pursue innovative ideas for solving major global health problems.
Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 30, 2008

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