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April 28, 2014
Man Verses Mosquito: Steps to Better Prevent and Control Malaria
Published by GSK More than Medicine blog.
Malaria claims more than 600,000 lives per year, most of them children under the age of 5 living in Sub Saharan Africa. We are supporting a project of The Carter Center in Nigeria that exemplifies the sense of urgency, perseverance, coordination and creativity that we need to replicate elsewhere. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is integrating interventions for malaria and lymphatic filariasis (LF), both of which are spread by the same mosquito.

April 27, 2014
Fighting a Killer, One Bed Net at a Time
Published by Philanthropy Age.
Friday, April 25, 2014, marked World Malaria Day, when healthcare and non-profit organizations from across the world came together to highlight the threat of a deadly disease to which half of the world's population is at risk. Dr Gregory Noland, malaria control program epidemiologist at The Carter Center, a US-based nonprofit organization that is leading efforts against six diseases including malaria, explains the threat to recent gains against the disease.

April 25, 2014
Three Ideas to Accelerate the Fight Against Malaria
Published by The Huffington Post.
World Malaria Day offers us the opportunity to take stock, to reflect on what has been achieved so far, consider what we could have done better and apply those lessons as we continue our fight. The theme, 'Invest in the future, defeat malaria' reminds us of the goal to not just reduce the impact of this prehistoric disease but to be relentless in our efforts to maintain the fight until malaria is controlled and, ultimately, eliminated.

Feb. 20, 2014
Nigeria Launches Africa's First Nationwide Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) Elimination Co-Implementation Plan (PDF)
Published by Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health is distributing new national guidelines for co-implementation of interventions to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis). This combined nationwide strategy is the first of its kind in Africa and will allow the Federal and State Ministries of Health to efficiently protect all Nigerians from the two mosquito transmitted parasitic diseases. | Review the co-implementation guidelines (PDF) > | Watch the video "Nigeria Launches Coordinated Plan to Eliminate Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis >

Dec. 5, 2013
Malaria and Migrant Workers in Ethiopia
Published by the Emory Institute for Developing Nations Newsletter.
Malaria is a difficult disease to control for many reasons. It involves addressing environmental conditions, such as stagnant water and climate change; buying and distributing prevention tools, such as bed nets and insecticide-residual sprays; and finding new tools as parasites develop resistance to insecticides. In the Amhara region of Ethiopia, migrant farm workers present additional challenges to malaria-control efforts. Since 2006 The Carter Center's Malaria Control Program has worked with health officials in Ethiopia to control the disease in hopes of eventual elimination.

Aug. 10, 2012
Abia Partners WHO, UNICEF, Others in Anti-Malaria War
Published by The Guardian (Nigeria).
In its bid to eradicate malaria and control mosquitoes which are the carriers of the disease, the Abia State government has set aside N39 million as its own counterpart fund to those of the other partners, Carter Centre, UNICEF, Yakubu Gowon Foundation and WHO.

April 19, 2012
Mosquito-borne Diseases Under Attack in Haiti, Dominican Republic
Published by Emory Report.
Efforts to eliminate two mosquito-borne diseases - malaria and lymphatic filariasis - in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are ongoing, with the first of four meetings on the issue this year held in Santo Domingo in March.

July 11, 2011
Human Swallows Pill. Mosquito Bites Human. Mosquito Dies.
Published by The New York Times.
Scientists have proposed an intriguing new way to fight malaria: turning people into human time bombs for mosquitoes.

May 14, 2010
Elimination Meets Reality in Hispaniola (Requires subscription)
Published by Science magazine.
There is absolutely no reason for malaria to persist on the island of Hispaniola, says Donald Hopkins, longtime disease fighter and vice president for health programs at the Carter Center in Atlanta. All the other islands in the Caribbean have rid themselves of this mosquito-borne disease. And the Dominican Republic (D.R.), which shares the island with Haiti, has driven cases to remarkably low levels.
Related: Watch the videoTwo Countries, Two Diseases, One Island >

May 14, 2010
Shrinking the Malaria Map From the Outside In (Requires Subscription)
Published by Science magazine.
Richard Feachem wants to "shrink the malaria map." By that, he and his Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), mean wiping out malaria at its "natural margins"- those countries on the edge of malaria transmission where the disease has just a tentative foothold - and working inward. It's going for the "low-hanging fruit," he says. "It's a no-brainer."

March 30, 2010
A Project for Haiti: The Eradication of Two Diseases
This letter to the editor of The New York Times by Carter Center Vice President for Health Programs Dr. Donald R. Hopkins was published March 30, 2010, in response to the March 28, 2010 editorial "Making Haiti Whole."
Two projects that the donors conference on Haiti should consider this week are the binational plan that Haiti and the Dominican Republic announced last October to eliminate malaria by 2020, and the plan that Haiti announced simultaneously to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) by 2020 (the Dominican Republic expects to eliminate lymphatic filariasis this year).

Jan. 5, 2010
Haiti, Dominican Republic Combine Efforts to Eradicate Malaria
Published by Word Focus.
World Focus video report on the fight against malaria in Hispaniola: a new cooperative effort between the two countries and U.S. President Jimmy Carter to eradicate the disease. Distributed to PBS stations nationwide.

April 24, 2009
Africa: Adopting an Integrated Approach to Malaria Control
Published by AllAfrica Global Media ( reprinted with permission.
Some public health workers say dealing effectively with malaria requires an integrated approach. As an example of this, the Carter Center used the same community-based networks already established for Ethiopia's river blindness and trachoma control programs to distribute treated bed nets. Dr. Donald Hopkins, vice president of health programs for the Carter Cente,r discusses this and other issues with AllAfrica's Cindy Shiner.

Dec. 16, 2008
Haiti and Dominican Republic Urged to Fight Mosquito Illnesses Together
Published by the New York Times.
The Carter Center has called for a joint effort to eliminate two mosquito-borne diseases, malaria and lymphatic filariasis, from their last foothold in the Caribbean: the island of Hispaniola.

April 26, 2008
Responding to the Challenge to End Malaria Deaths in Africa
Published in The Lancet, vol. 371 no. 9622 pp. 1399-1401.
With World Malaria Day, April 25, 2008, the international community - led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - throws its weight behind an ambitious campaign to expand access to a comprehensive set of malaria-control interventions in sub-Saharan Africa with the aim of ending malaria deaths on the continent in the near future.

March 6, 2008
The Carter Center Malaria Program Celebrates Successes in Ethiopia
After launching its malaria program in 2006, The Carter Center moved quickly to supply a shortfall of 3 million LLINs, requested by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to help reach Ethiopia's goal of 20 million LLINs to cover all households in malarious areas by mid-2007.

Dec. 7, 2007
Did They Really Say…Eradication?
Published by Science magazine, vol. 318 no. 5856 pp. 1544-1545.
When Bill and Melinda Gates had finished their back-to–back speeches, many researchers could barely believe what they had just heard. At a meeting hosted by their charitable foundation in their hometown, the couple had uttered the long-forgotten e-word, calling for a sweeping new plan to eradicate malaria. Full text (PDF) >

July 17, 2007
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Discusses Malaria During Online Smithsonian Chat
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter participated in a live online chat June 28, 2007, to discuss malaria and the article "The Ethiopia Campaign - Jimmy Carter Takes on Malaria," featured in the June 2007 issue of Smithsonian magazine.

June 1, 2007
The Ethiopia Campaign (PDF)
Published by the Smithsonian Magazine.
Jimmy Carter's 82 years had diminished neither his trademark smile, which could still disarm skeptics at 20 paces, nor his enthusiasm for the long chance, which had propelled this obscure peanut farmer to national prominence in the first place. That quixotic spirit took him this past February to an impoverished corner of Ethiopia, where he would announce his most audacious crusade yet: to eliminate malaria, an elusive and ever-changing killer, from this ancient African nation of 75 million people.

Feb. 20, 2007
Let's Start a War, One We Can Win
Published by The New York Times.
They were two old men, one arriving by motorcade with bodyguards and the other groping blindly as he shuffled on a footpath with a stick, but for a moment the orbits of Jimmy Carter and Mekonnen Leka intersected on this remote battlefield in southern Ethiopia.

March 22, 2005
Battling Insects, Parasites and Politics (PDF)
Published by The New York Times.
By Donald G. McNeil, Jr., part of the "Cases Without Borders" series, this feature article examines how mosquito netting treated with insecticide is aiding the battle against lymphatic filariasis.

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