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Author Topic: How much would it cost to irradicate maleria from africa ?  (Read 2172 times)

Captain Kirk

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When i switched off Comic Relief last night they reached a total of 57 million.
If they used all that money would it realistically have an effect on the deadly disease there ?

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Re: How much would it cost to irradicate maleria from africa ?
« Reply #1 on: 14 March, 2009, 07:36:22 PM »
The insecticide treated bed nets program was estimated a few years ago to cost US$3 billion a year.

This website talks about a 53% effective vaccine, which if I read it right, will cost US$500 million for a trial this spring, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates. They do not say what large scale trials would cost.

http://www.popsci.com/node/32220?page=

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Re: How much would it cost to irradicate maleria from africa ?
« Reply #2 on: 15 March, 2009, 06:43:32 AM »
Any vaccine is only going to be effective on those with the HbA haemoglobin gene, since they are the only ones at risk of contracting Malaria.

Those with the HbS and HbAS genes are naturally immune. The downside is, the HbS gene gives rise to Sickle-Cell Anaemia.

http://malaria.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTD023878.html

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Re: How much would it cost to irradicate maleria from africa ?
« Reply #3 on: 15 March, 2009, 12:09:22 PM »
They did say on Comic Relief that a mossi net will drastically reduce the incidence of Malaria.
This article is in the SUnday Times today

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article5908535.ece
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