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Experts Gather in Cameroon to Discuss Malaria

Experts and policy makers from around the world have gathered in Cameroon to discuss new ways to battle malaria, which remains one of Africa's main killers.

About 1,500 doctors, scientists and health workers are expected to attend the week-long Pan-Africa malaria conference in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. The event was organized by the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, a global alliance of organizations.

Topics to be covered include new drug treatment methods, prevention techniques, and the development of a malaria vaccine. The deputy director of the London-based Gates Malaria Partnership, created four years ago by U.S. computer magnate Bill Gates, says the foundation recently approved grants to fund more malaria programs in Africa.

The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria estimates that an African child dies from malaria every 30 seconds.

Some information for this report provided by AP.