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A Woodstock Moment for Malaria

Excuse me if I chuckle at the analogy between a 3-day meeting on malaria and Woodstock, or even the Oscars. I mean really, as one of my colleagues says, how could Woodstock measure up to malaria? There has been a certain amount of ceremony - starting with the stagey introductions that emanate from behind the tall curtains - and a rock-star build-up to the presence of Bill and Melinda Gates at the meeting this morning.

WHO Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on Malaria

Last week, my colleague April Harding blogged about the recent debates on the most effective strategies for increasing coverage of insecticide-treated nets. She took to task Dr. Arata Kochi, head of WHO's malaria program, for promoting free distribution campaigns rather than the multi-prong strategies recommended by his own organization, among others. Dr.

Should All Vertical Programs Just Lie Down?

"Vertical" health programs are once again unfashionable, subject to a blistering set of critiques from all manner of experts - some of whom were instrumental, just a few short years ago, in promoting them.

A Reflection on the AIDS Vaccine Trial: What's the Real Failure?

"Disappointing" is the only word to describe the news that sponsors of the STEP study, testing Merck's AIDS vaccine candidate, have discontinued the Phase IIb trial. Interim analyses showed that the product doesn't prevent infection or reduce the presence of HIV in the blood once someone is infected, calling a halt to tests of the most promising candidate in the field.

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