Monday, October 31, 2005

A Little Light In The Darkness

"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $258 million to research on malaria, which kills 2,000 African children each day, Mr. Gates announced yesterday.

About $108 million will be put toward a vaccine, $100 million for new drugs, and $50 million to develop insecticides and other forms of mosquito control.

Since 1999, the foundation has donated about $230 million to malaria research. Six new drugs for the disease are now in clinical trials, compared with none five years ago, and an experimental vaccine that protects about 30 percent of inoculated children has been developed."

New York Times "Gates Announces Anti-Malaria Donation" October 31, 2005

The Anopheline mosquito is responsible for the transmission of the human malaria virus (image above).

Photo Credit: University of California.


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