Reflections On The Global Fund Replenishment: Montreal, Malawi And Doing Better

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Over the next three years, the Global Fund is on track to save eight million lives because thirty-five some odd countries came together to do the right thing. It is a truly remarkable achievement. The countries that contributed should be commended.

All Ages Matter In Fight To End HIV/AIDS For Good

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Older women/grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa are rarely recognized or included in programs and policies addressing HIV/AIDS, health-care strengthening and development assistance. Yet they are at the centre of the pandemic.

Lessons From Loyce Maturu And Other Global Fund Reflections

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

By the time Loyce was 10, both her mother and her younger brother had died of AIDS and tuberculosis. She didn't know she was suffering from the same diseases until she was diagnosed two years later, and her young and difficult life was once again turned upside down.

Seize Momentum In Winning Fight Against AIDS, TB And Malaria

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Global leaders pledged over US$12.9 billion dollars which will help save 8 million lives and stop an additional 300 million new infections worldwide by 2019, as well as contribute to ending these deadly diseases as epidemics by 2030. This is truly a promising horizon.

I Want My Son To Grow Up In A World Free Of Deadly Epidemics

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

This time of year, parents are acutely aware of the complexities of raising a child. But imagine if another variable -- a potentially deadly disease -- could affect your child at any moment. For millions of people around the world, uncertainty is a daily reality.

Fighting The World's Deadliest Diseases Requires More Than Just Money

Stephen Cornish | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

Dollars are desperately needed to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, but they will not stretch very far if the international trade barriers that currently restrict access to essential medicines continue to prevent low-income people and countries from getting the treatments they need.

Canada Is Leading The Fight To End AIDS, TB And Malaria For Good

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Madhukar Pai

As Montreal gears up to host the biggest leaders in global health, it is our hope that Canada will go well beyond provision of international aid, and find a way to harness the abundant scientific talent in Canada. Doing so will not only amplify the financial contributions by Canadians, but also show our global solidarity.

No Place Should Be Too Fragile For Canada's Care

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

More than half of the world's child deaths occur in fragile places like South Sudan and Afghanistan. Yet Canada only commits 25 per cent of its official development budget to these areas. To go the distance to reach the world's most vulnerable people, the figure needs to change.

Reaching The Final Frontier In The Fight Against AIDS, TB And Malaria

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 45 per cent, malaria death rates are down by 60 per cent and tuberculosis mortality has diminished by 47 per cent. These are exciting achievements, but not nearly as exciting as the possibility of ending those diseases for good.

It Is Time To Rally Around Young Women And Girls

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

In many parts of Africa, there are women who have no way of negotiating the choice, or use, of contraceptives with a partner. There are women in relationships who have no option of refusing sex, nor the power to require use of a condom. While HIV infections among the general population of eastern and southern Africa have been plummeting, it has resurfaced and started to grow among adolescent girls and young women.

Why We Need A Global Approach To Eliminating HIV, TB And Malaria

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

It's in everyone's interest to take a global and strongly humanitarian approach to eliminating HIV, TB and malaria; we need to think beyond the confines of nation-states in relation to diseases that have no respect for borders. The human costs of these three devastating illnesses are too high.

The Global Fund Saves Lives Like Mine

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

The most vivid memory I have of my mum is her groaning during the last few minutes of her life, as she battled AIDS. This is my story. And I'm not alone.

U.S.-Canadian Leadership's Global Fight For Better Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

When it comes to ensuring health and well-being around the globe, no one can be left behind. This ambitious goal is at stake as global leaders come together in Montreal this month to pledge commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for the organization's 2017-2019 funding cycle.

Canada's Fight To End HIV, TB And Malaria For Good

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

In the most affected countries, girls account for more than 80 per cent of all new HIV infection cases among adolescents. This is an alarming statistic. Entire generations of young women are seeing their lives shattered before they even begin because, through lack of education and, primarily, the violence they suffer, their rights are not respected.

Will Smelling Like A Chicken Really Prevent Mosquito Bites?

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A recent study undertaken by scientists in Ethiopia came to a startling conclusion: Chickens seemed to be immune to mosquitoes, showing fewer bites than any other animal. So the question is, of course: Why? And can that be replicated in humans? The answer isn't quite so straightforward.

Trudeau Encouraged By G7 Promises, But Experts Don't Feel The Same

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics

Some of the pledges mirror old commitments.

The End Of The Malaria Epidemic Is Within Reach

Plan International Canada | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Plan International Canada

This year, the World Health Organization is calling on the global community to "end malaria for good" by lowering the global malaria burden over the next 15 years, and reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%. We still have a long way to go, but the end of the malaria epidemic may finally be in sight, and could even be achieved within our lifetime.

I Don't Want Children to Suffer From Malaria Like I Did

Megan Radford | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Children under five are more at risk -- they account for 70 per cent of all malaria deaths. More than 300,000 children died last year from an illness that's preventable with things as simple as clean water sources. Let's make sure that kids don't have to fight off a disease that racks their bodies with fever, pain and nausea. Let's stop malaria before it bites.

Malaria Makes No Laughing Matter of Mosquitoes

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Mosquitoes are re-emerging as a serious North American health threat as carriers of the West Nile Virus. In the developing world, mosquitoes pose an even more menacing danger. There, they transmit malaria, the deadliest disease borne by any insect or animal anywhere. This year, malaria deaths are expected to spike upwards, after more than a decade of steady decline. The reason: Ebola. The fragile health systems in West Africa have been stretched to the limit in the Ebola fight, and routine measures to combat malaria have gone by the wayside.

A 'No Missed Opportunities' Approach Is Essential For Ending Diseases Like Malaria

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Joel C. Spicer

Canada made a concerted effort to end malaria deaths in this country a century ago and is now supporting efforts to do the same around the world as part of leadership on MNCH. I'm optimistic that the discussion around 'no missed opportunities' will help move us much more quickly towards a world free of preventable deaths among women and children and one free of diseases like malaria.

Mosquito Viruses Are a Biting Concern for Snowbirds

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

In the coming month, close to a half million Canadian snowbirds, will seek out new homes in the southern United States. While the promise of a gentler environment is obvious, there are risks with the semi-annual migration. The lack of a freezing season means a number of pests thrive throughout the year including the ever annoying mosquito.

Humankind's Deadliest Foe Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mosquito-borne diseases kill 725,000 people a year -- including one child in Africa every minute from malaria alone -- making the seemingly innocuous bugs responsible for more human deaths than every other creature combined.

Protecting the World's Children From Malaria

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Mosquito bites mean something different in many parts of the world. Working for an international aid and development agency, I've learned about the dangers of malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. On World Malaria Day, I think about the millions of children who have no bug spray -- not ever.

University Student Finds Potential Malaria Treatment At The Grocery Store

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

For first-year University of Toronto student Jessie MacAlpine, finding a potential treatment for malaria was almost too easy. First, she stumbled upon an herbicide compound through research in high school, then she read an article about how herbicides could be used to treat malaria, and then the "Eureka!" moment came.

How India Is Dealing With Malaria

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Two third of malaria cases in South-East Asia occur in India. According to the World Health Organization, in 2011, 2.15-million parasitologically confirmed malaria cases were reported, with three countries accounting for 95 per cent of confirmed cases: India, Myanmar and Indonesia.