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Monday, June 16, 2008 - Page updated at 01:14 p.m.

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Confronting Malaria
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In 1999, the richest man in the world set out to defeat a parasite that kills 1 million people a year. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and wife Melinda are not the first to try to eradicate malaria. But will their foundation's billion-dollar initiative be enough?


Malaria Q&A
Experts with the Gates Foundation answered your questions about malaria.
Read the discussion

Day Two

Day Three

Bill Gates audio interview

If we re-sorted the world and your neighbors were dying of malaria ... it would be viewed as a total crisis.

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Ripley Ballou, a research scientist for GlaxoSmithKline, spoke with The Seattle Times about testing a vaccine on himself as part of a clinical trial in 1986.
Interview with Ripley Ballou

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While supplies last, you can pick up a free copy of the "Confronting Malaria" special section.

Malaria facts

Malaria makes mosquitoes sick, too: Infected females lay fewer eggs and are less vigorous than their noninfected sisters.
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Malaria research and prevention: The major players

Scientists, advocates and others are working in different parts of the world to eradicate malaria.

Dr. Salim Abdulla

Leader of the malaria-vaccine project in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

"We need a vaccine."

Dr. Abdi Mohamed

Leader of the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Zambia

"There's a ... fatalism, a feeling nothing can be done... We have to change this."

Kent Campbell

Leads MACEPA, a program to expand use of nets and spraying

"We have to have a success. And we have to have it soon."

Joe Cohen

GlaxoSmithKline scientist who helped develop the malaria vaccine

"There is nothing else out there today that is even close."

Dr. Ripley Ballou

Vice president for clinical research and development at GlaxoSmithKline

"My whole life has been chasing this project."

Patrick Duffy

Studying partial immunity at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute

"If a child makes it to age 5, parents know she's not likely to die of malaria."

Dr. Chilandu Mukuka

Deputy director, Zambian National Malaria Control Centre

"If they (the Gates Foundation) are associated with Zambia, and we are getting results, the whole world will be looking."

Dr. Regina Ravinovich

Leader of the Gates Foundation's infectious-disease programs

"I will do whatever works in malaria."