Malaria Consortium attends first SBCC summit held in Addis AbabaPublished: Feb 8, 2016
Malaria Consortium is attending the first International Summit on Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) from February 8-10 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will bring together leading experts of the SBCC approach, which applies communication strategies to promote health and wellbeing. Participants will share results, lessons learnt and come up with innovative ideas for overcoming challenges.

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WHO declares Zika virus a public health emergencyPublished: Feb 3, 2016
The World Health Organization has declared the recent outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin American countries a public health emergency. The mosquito-borne disease, which carries symptoms such as mild fever and joint pains, has recently been linked to increased cases of microcephaly – a condition that leads to a variety of neurological and developmental disorders in newborn babies. There is no treatment or vaccine currently available.

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Malaria Consortium welcomes five-year £3 billion commitment to fight malariaPublished: Jan 25, 2016
London, UK - “Malaria Consortium welcomes the recommitment from the UK Government to spend £500m a year to fight malaria,” said Chief Executive, Charles Nelson, following the announcement today by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The UK has shown strong leadership in global health and malaria over the past decade and it is encouraging to see this continue."

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COMDIS-HSD annual review highlights 2015 achievementsPublished: Jan 19, 2016
COMDIS-HSD, a Research Programme Consortium (RPC), which conducts operational research to improve health service delivery for underserved populations, released its annual review today. The review highlights the RPC’s achievements and successes of 2015. As one of eight RPC partners, Malaria Consortium’s work under COMDIS-HSD features prominently in the report. Specifically:

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Encouraging results after year 1 of ACCESS-SMC mass drug distributions Published: Dec 16, 2015
For the 25 million children who live across Africa’s Sahel region, the rainy season produces a seasonal surge in sickness and death from malaria. The World Health Organization thus recommends seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) as an effective tool to prevent malaria, but only 3.5 million children received this preventive treatment in 2014.

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