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The Hammock Company Fighting Malaria (From Mom and Dad’s House)

Greg McEvilly built a company that produces mosquito-proof hammocks while sleeping under his parents’ roof.

Greg McEvilly married his college sweetheart, Erin, right after graduation and built what had been his dream career in commercial real estate. He was making good money and having fun finding storefronts for retailers and large restaurant chains. It was 2008.

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Senegalese superstars, Viviane and Pape Diouf, took to the stage last night to celebrate their country’s success in the fight against malaria. The crowd went wild as Viviane pulled ministers and health officials to the stage in a reprise of Senegal’s malaria anthem.

Senegalese take action into their own hands. Last night the audience celebrated the leadership of one community in particular. In Thienaba, a village leader named El Hadj Diop mobilized a grassroots movement in response to the loss of his 12 year old daughter to malaria in 1999.

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From School Science Fairs to Designing a Smartphone App That Diagnoses Malaria

These grad students designed Lifelens, an app that lets you snap picture of a blood sample to determine if it's infected with malaria.

What if you could take a picture of a blood sample with your smartphone and have an app tell you if someone has malaria. That's exactly what Lifelens, a breakthrough technology project designed by five young recent college grads and graduate students is able to do. Given the mortality rates of malaria across the developing world, the technology has the potential to save millions of lives.

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Score: Malaria Nets Reach Central African Republic

Nothing But Nets reports good news about the spread of malaria nets in the Central African Republic


Good news today on malaria efforts in the Central African Republic.

The Nothing But Nets campaign and United Nations partner Population Services International report that at end of 2010, hundreds of thousands of nets were delivered to families in the Central African Republic. Nothing But Nets website reports that:

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Good News: Malaria in Decline

Malaria prevention is working to reduce malaria across Sub Saharan Africa.

After a 1.8 billion dollar effort, malaria is on the wane in Sub Sahara Africa reports The World Health Organization's World Malaria Report 2010. An AP report from Geneva after the announcement this week reports:

The U.N. health agency says the billions of dollars poured into the program have helped buy anti-malaria nets for almost 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. It said this has contributed to a drop of over 50 percent in malaria cases in 11 African countries, and two-thirds of the 56 malaria-endemic countries outside Africa. Malaria cases, however, increased in parts of Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Zambia.

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