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GAVI, Unitaid and the Global Fund welcome WHO recommendation for world’s first malaria vaccine

News | 06 October 2021
...9 pandemic hit, progress against malaria was stalling,” said Dr Philippe Duneton, Executive Director of Unitaid. “This vaccine is a welcome new tool that, when used in combination with existing interventions like bed nets, has the potential to drive down malaria and extend protection to children across Africa. Pilot implementation has demonstrated how we can equitably reach children with this life-saving vaccine – now we need to ensure adequate an...

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Innovations in paediatric medicines delivery awarded UnitaidExplore funding

News | 04 October 2021
...ration of the treatment from a single dose. Unitaid Director of Strategy Janet Ginnard said: “Innovations in medicine delivery that are specifically aimed at children are of utmost importance and we are pleased to announce this funding to DelSiTech and FluidPharma. These investments fit firmly with Unitaid’s track record in facilitating access to the best medicines for the most vulnerable people. These innovations will help ensure that children ca...

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Unitaid launches Climate Action Roadmap as UN Climate Change Conference urges action

News | 11 November 2021
...by 50% by 2030 and will offset its carbon footprint to effectively achieve net-zero emissions from 2022. This announcement comes as countries committed to climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this week, recognizing the urgent need to confront the mounting health risks posed by global warming. Initial actions will focus on tackling the largest sources of emissions at the Secretariat level. Thes...

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A new initiative will deliver enhanced malaria prevention to children under two across Africa through a WHO-recommended but under-implemented intervention

News | 15 September 2021
...ols (ACT) Accelerator. Unitaid is hosted by the World Health Organization. www.unitaid.org About Population Services International (PSI) Population Services International (PSI) is a global nonprofit organization focused on encouraging healthy behaviors and delivering affordable health products and services around the world. We bring innovation to scale through our presence in 40+ countries and a network of over 10,000 health clinics and pharmacies...

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Community health workers bring malaria prevention to pregnant women across Africa, and build new entry points to vital services

News | 15 September 2021
...de protection to millions more at risk of malarial infection. Through this network of health workers, the Unitaid-funded ‘Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy’ (TIPTOP) project, led by Jhpiego, is delivering a safe, effective, and affordable treatment for preventing malaria during pregnancy to women in pilot districts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Nigeria. Malaria infection in preg...

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Global Fund and Unitaid to counter insecticide resistance with innovative insecticide-treated mosquito nets

News | 20 September 2018
...armora. “Together we can make a powerful impact against malaria.” Mosquito nets provide a physical barrier against mosquitoes, and treating the nets with insecticide makes them lethal for mosquitoes that land on them. One of the most effective means of preventing malaria is sleeping under a long-lasting insecticidal net. Mosquitoes’ resistance to insecticides threatens to undermine progress against malaria. Although the number of new malaria cases...

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FIND and Unitaid invest to support technology transfer and boost local production of COVID-19 rapid tests in low- and middle-income countries

News | 15 July 2021
...h income group, as reported by countries. Data correct as at 30 June 2021, www.finddx.org/covid-19/test-tracker About the expression of interest (EOI) The EOI was launched on 4 July 2020 by FIND and Unitaid, on behalf of the R&D and Digital and the Market Readiness Working Groups of the ACT-Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar. It aims to accelerate supply and availability of quality-assured and regulatory-approved fit-for-purpose SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDTs tha...

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New patient-friendly tuberculosis preventive treatment to be rolled out in five high-burden TB countries at affordable price

News | 03 February 2021
...s that treat TB (isoniazid and rifapentine given weekly for three months). www.unitaid.org and www.impaact4tb.org South Africa’s Aurum Institute is spearheading the TB prevention project and is working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and John Hopkins University, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Global Drug Facility. Media contacts Unitaid: Thalia Bayle | +41 79 660 56 37 | baylet@...

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New Partnership launched to accelerate elimination of relapsing P. vivax malaria that poses a risk to an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide

News | 14 July 2021
...ss of drugs currently used for liver-stage treatments. Patients with the genetic disorder known as G6PD deficiency need to be screened because they are at risk of developing haemolytic anaemia when taking these drugs. GSK and MMV have developed a paediatric version of tafenoquine, which is currently under review by regulators. PAVE aims to add to this and complete the full set of relapse prevention treatments suitable for children by supporting, w...

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Unitaid calls for proposals to catalyse introduction of new insecticide-treated mosquito nets

News | 30 October 2017
...existing insecticides – particularly pyrethroids – that are used to treat nets. Mosquito nets protect people from getting bitten by mosquitoes, and are a cornerstone of malaria prevention, estimated to have accounted for 69 percent of the malaria cases averted since 2001. Insecticides are used to treat nets because they repel and kill mosquitoes and other insects. As a result, treated nets give more protection than untreated ones. Over time, mosq...

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