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By Vision Reporter

Added 1st May 2007 03:00 AM

Barclays gives sh85m to NGO
KALIRO — Barclays Group recently donated $50,000 (sh85m) to Malaria No More as part of the bank’s initiative to mark this year’s Malaria Awareness Day.

Barclays gives sh85m to NGO
KALIRO — Barclays Group recently donated $50,000 (sh85m) to Malaria No More as part of the bank’s initiative to mark this year’s Malaria Awareness Day.

Barclays gives sh85m to NGO
KALIRO — Barclays Group recently donated $50,000 (sh85m) to Malaria No More as part of the bank’s initiative to mark this year’s Malaria Awareness Day. Founded in 2006 by leading non-governmental institutions, Malaria No More works in partnership with the President’s Malaria Initiative, UNICEF, the American Red Cross and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Speaking at the ceremony in Kaliro district, the Corporate Affairs Director, Joseph Walusimbi, said this will be done through the NGO’s distribution of 570,000 free nets to children under five and pregnant women in 22 districts during the Financial Year 2007. From this distribution, household net ownership will increase from 25% to over 50% nationwide.

President’s AIDS cure snubbed

GAMBIA — President Yahya Jammeh’s assertion that his herbal treatment had cured patients of the AIDS virus was not only wrong, but some of his supporting data was false, AIDS experts said last week. A researcher in Senegal said Jammeh’s office had misused his lab in testing the blood of the ostensibly cured patients and said none of them had been cured. Jammeh who claimed to have got a cure for HIV infection and backed by state machinery, is dispensing it to many people whom he stops from taking standard AIDS drugs. After international pressure, he sent blood samples to Prof Souleymane Mboup of the University of Dakar, Senegal of the people he had ‘cured’. Mboup said, although viral load measures were below the level detectable in some samples. It was not surprising, since these patients had been treated with ARVs prior to the administration of the herbal treatment.

Hopes over new malaria treatment

UK — British scientists have helped develop a new malaria treatment which they hope could save many young lives in Africa. Imperial College in London collaborated with experts of Wellcome Trust Kenya Medical Research Institute Centre in Kenya in an eight-year study to develop a technique based on fluid replacement for children ill with malaria. In a trial of 88 children, 98% survived after treatment. Using intensive care methods available on paediatric intensive care units in developed countries, they showed that fluid depletion was key to the development of severe symptoms among Kenyan children with malaria.



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