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Gates Awards Research Grant for Insecticide-treated Scarves

12 May 2010

London, 12 May: Malaria Consortium has been awarded a $100,000 grant to investigate whether treating traditional scarves worn by migrant workers along the Thai-Cambodian border with insecticide will help reduce the incidence and transmission of drug resistant malaria.

The grant has been awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. These grants are designed to support innovative research to help prevent and diagnose infectious disease and promote family health.
David Sintasath, regional technical director for Malaria Consortium Asia will lead the project to explore whether the use of insecticide treated scarves will reduce the incidence of malaria transmission. This will research will compliment the other key project Malaria Consortium is managing with the World Health Organization and other partners in the region to monitor and contain the spread of drug-resistant malaria. Migrant workers are a particularly critical group in this process. For more information on the Containment Project, please click here.
The project is one of 78 from 18 countries to receive a grant awarded in the latest round of the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations.
“Grand Challenges Explorations continues to generate unique and creative ways to tackle global health issues,” said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program. “We are convinced that some of these ideas will lead to new innovations and eventually solutions that will save lives.”
For more information, please contact Diana Thomas


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