Tackling Malaria

WHO Global Malaria Programme
The objective of the United Nations’ World Health Organization is “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” WHO’s Global Malaria Programme has published working papers and guidelines for effective treatment of malaria on its website, accessible in PDF format.

Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership
The RBM Partnership was launched in 1998 as a joint project between several United Nations programs, including WHO and UNICEF. The Partnership’s goal is “to halve the burden of malaria by 2010.” It declares itself an important proponent of advocacy campaigns to keep the malaria crisis in the spotlight and seek effective solutions, “including a vaccine.”

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund defines its role as “a financial instrument, not an implementing entity.” In the case of malaria, it seeks to direct funding toward the distribution of bed nets and artemisinin-based combination therapies, or ACT. (The drug artemisinin is viewed as a powerful anti-malarial tool when used in combination with other drugs; however, its single-delivery use, or monotherapy, is widely perceived to exacerbate malaria parasites’ resistance to its effects.)

The President’s Malaria Initiative
President George W. Bush’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a $1.2 billion, five-year initiative announced on June 30, 2005. Its goal is to halve malaria-related deaths in a group of fifteen target countries in Africa. Seven of those countries have signed on as of 2006, with the remaining eight expected to join in 2007. PMI works with a number of U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and corporate sponsors.

Malaria Foundation International
Malaria Foundation International (MFI) maintains a resource-oriented website with numerous links to recent meetings, projects, and efforts dedicated to combating malaria, as well as to information about the science behind the disease. MFI is sponsored by various U.K. and U.S. government health and development agencies, and by several pharmaceutical corporations.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports efforts to discover safe, effective, and affordable malaria vaccines; develop methods to control mosquitoes that transmit malaria; find new drugs to treat the disease; ensure access to new drugs and vaccines; expand the use of existing tools to control malaria; and build support among leaders for malaria research and control.

Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues. The Foundation’s health policy website, GlobalHealthReporting.org, maintains a summary of the malaria issue as well as a fact sheet, FAQ, and an extensive list of the range of organizations working to combat the spread of the disease.

DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa)
DATA was founded in 2002 by the rock star Bono, lead singer of the band U2. Regarding the problems of poverty and disease facing Africa, DATA maintains that “these issues are not about charity, but about equality and justice,” and attempts to bring that message to the world’s wealthy nations and their leaders and politicians. DATA’s policy page has a report on U.S. government efforts to fight malaria that analyzes U.S. funding related to the problem.

World Swim for Malaria
World Swim for Malaria is a “global grassroots swimming initiative” in which citizens organize swimming events in their communities for fundraising and charity toward the fight against malaria. The World Swim for Malaria Foundation operates entirely on volunteer work and donations, and reports that it spends 100 percent of the funds raised through swimming on bed nets for needy communities.

Pesticide Action Network North America *Member, Orion Grassroots Network*
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) has campaigned to replace pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives since 1982. The nonprofit organization’s DDT and Malaria Resource Center has compiled a range of articles and perspectives relating to the intersection between pesticide use and efforts to combat the disease.

The New York Times Topics: Malaria
The New York Times search index for malaria will take you to an extensive archive listing of articles published on the issue from many perspectives, going back to 1982. Nearly all of the articles are free online; many include accompanying multimedia aids such as photos, videos and charts.