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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) announced today the start of the Africa launch week of Coartem Dispersible. Coartem Dispersible is the result of a unique public-private collaboration between Novartis and the nonprofit Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). The announcement was made today in Dar es Salaam at the start of a week-long pan-African introduction of Coartem Dispersible, which includes regional events in Mozambique and Senegal.
"Africa bears the overwhelming burden of malaria. We are losing our children - and therefore our future - to this disease. Now we have a lifesaving, dispersible antimalarial drug made specifically for children. This represents a major advance towards our target of achieving universal coverage with treatment by 2010," said Awa Marie Coll-Seck, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.