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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Bringing SMC to your door: Adapting mass drug distribution methods to the needs of the community in NigerPublished: Dec 16, 2015
This month (December) we celebrate Universal Health Coverage day and recognize that health is not a privilege but a human right. Universal Health Coverage makes health care more accessible, more equitable, and more effective and ACCESS-SMC seeks to do just that by bringing all eligible children lifesaving Seasonal Malaria Chemo-preventive medicine in an effective and sustainable way.

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