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The fight against malaria must shift its focus to the poorer African nations that suffer most from the disease, participants at the largest-ever international meeting on malaria were told last week.

African participants at the third pan-African conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) in Arusha, Tanzania, were also told that they must take the lead in the challenge, reports Declan Butler.

Although MIM already aims to help the African research community scale up their efforts against malaria, an external review of the initiative that was made public at the meeting says that greater efforts are needed to train African scientists and improve their links with colleagues in rich countries.

But delegates remained optimistic that substantial progress was being made, particularly through the development of regional scientific networks.

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Reference: Nature 420, 351 (2002)

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