News and Publications

Optimising the manufacture, formulation, and dose of antiretroviral drugs for more cost-efficient delivery in resource-limited settings: a consensus statement

07/01/2012 THE LANCET - It is expected that funding limitations for worldwide HIV treatment and prevention in resource-limited settings will continue, and, because the need for treatment scale-up is urgent, the emphasis on value for money has become an increasing priority.

HP Wins 2012 Justmeans Social Innovation Award

04/26/2012 CHAI - Congratulations to our partner, Hewlett Packard (HP), for winning the Justmeans Social Innovation Award for Most Strategic Us of Philanthropic Funds! We are proud to collaborate with HP, the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, and Strathmore University to save the lives of more than 100,000 infants in Kenya each year through our Early Infant Diagnosis Program.

New process would make anti-malarial drug less costly

04/25/2012 ORGANIC PROCESS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - Scientists are reporting development of a new, higher-yield, two-step, less costly process that may ease supply problems and zigzagging prices for the raw material essential for making the mainstay drug for malaria, a disease that sickens 300-500 million people and kills more than 1 million people annually. The report on the process, which uses readily available substances and could be easily implemented by drug companies, appears in ACS’ journal Organic Process Research & Development.

Swaziland National Malaria Control Programme receives 2012 'Life Changer' Award

02/29/2012 HEALTHCARE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY - Swaziland National Malaria Control Programme receives 2012 'Life Changer' Award

Kenya's Startup Boom

02/22/2012 TECHNOLOGY REVIEW - Local programmers and homegrown business models are helping to realize the vast promise of using phones to improve health care and save lives.

The Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria (AMFm)--What is it?

02/22/2012 RESULTS FOR DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE - An interview with Megumi Gordon, Deputy Director for Malaria at CHAI, to take an exclusive look into the AMFm and its innovative mechanism to increase access to antimalarials. This is a joint post with Edith Han.

Impact of mentorship on WHO-AFRO Strengthening Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA)

02/16/2012 AFRICAN JOURNAL OF LABORATORY MEDICINE - The improvment of the quality of testing services in public laboratories is a high priority in many countries. Consequently, initiatives to train laboratory staff on quality management are being implemented, for example, the World Health Organization Regional Headquarters for Africa (WHO-AFRO) Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA). Mentorship may be an effective way to augment these efforts.

Scaling up oral rehydration salts and zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea

02/10/2012 BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL - Scaling up oral rehydration salts and zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea is cheap and effective and could accelerate reductions in child mortality

The Innovation Working Group and the mHealth Alliance Announce Grantees to Improve Women's and Children's Health Using Mobile Technology

12/06/2011 United Nations Foundation - The Innovation Working Group and the mHealth Alliance Announce Grantees to Improve Women's and Children's Health Using Mobile Technology

Health and Science - AIDS: Getting the best value for money

12/01/2011 Reuters AlertNet - Stefano Bertozzi, Directof of HIV/TB Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on World AIDS Day 2011

H.I.V.: Quick Follow-Up Testing Increases Rate Seeking Antiretroviral Treatment

10/03/2011 New York Times - In low-income countries, as many as two-thirds of those in need of antiretroviral drugs to treat H.I.V. infection never get them.

A path to an optimal future for the Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria

09/27/2011 HEALTH POLICY AND PLANNING - In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) proposed a simple solution to a pressing global problem.

Rapid Testing Sharply Cuts HIV Patient Dropout Rate

09/26/2011 PBS Newshour - Every time an HIV clinic tells a patient to come back for more testing or for laboratory results there is a risk the patient will never return.

Effect of point-of-care CD4 cell count tests on retention of patients and rates of antiretroviral therapy initiation in primary health clinics: an observational cohort study

09/26/2011 The Lancet - Loss to follow-up of HIV-positive patients before initiation of antiretroviral therapy can exceed 50% in low-income settings and is a challenge to the scale-up of treatment.

Travel risk, malaria importation and malaria transmission in Zanzibar

09/15/2011 SCIENTIFIC REPORTS - The prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Zanzibar has reached historic lows. Improving control requires quantifying malaria importation rates, identifying high-risk travelers, and assessing onwards transmission.

Maintaining the Gains in Malaria Control

09/14/2011 ALMA, CHAI, and E2Pi - Report on maintaining the gains made in malaria control

Preventing the Reintroduction of Malaria in Mauritius: A Programmatic and Financial Assessment

09/02/2011 PLoS ONE - Sustaining elimination of malaria in areas with high receptivity and vulnerability will require effective strategies to prevent reestablishment of local transmission, yet there is a dearth of evidence about this phase.

Optimizing Antiretroviral Product Selection: A Sample Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes, Saving Money, and Scaling-up Health Services in Developing Countries

08/01/2011 JAIDS - Over the last decade, increased funding to support HIV treatment programs has enabled millions of new patients in developing countries to access the medications they need.

Solving the Sisyphean Problem of Malaria in Zanzibar

06/17/2011 SCIENCE - The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP), a consensus framework for coordinated action, aims to end malaria deaths by 2015 and eventually to eradicate malaria.

Maximizing Every Dose and Dollar: The Imperative of Efficiency in Vaccine Delivery

06/01/2011 NATIONAL BUREAU OF ASIAN RESEARCH - High rates of vaccine wastage were tolerable in the past when vaccines cost a few cents per dose, but wastage will be a major drain on resources once vaccines that are as much as 50 times more expensive are introduced.