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Efforts against malaria are failing, and the situation calls for a new united approach against the disease, leading scientists have warned.

Writing in this week's British Medical Journal, David Molyneux, a disease expert at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, and Vinand Nantulya, an advisor to the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, argue that combining anti-malaria initiatives with other disease-control programmes such as vaccinations and mass de-worming could be an effective strategy for meeting targets set by the Roll Back Malaria programme and the 2002 meeting of African heads of state in Abuja.

The tools for malaria control — insecticides, bed nets and effective drugs — exist, but their distribution is inadequate, they say. Linking their delivery to other health campaigns can greatly improve speed and extent of coverage, as recent joint mosquito net and measles vaccine distributions in Ghana and Zambia have shown.

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