UN says Africa charts progress in counting malaria out (2)

10:12, April 20, 2010      

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Data presented in the report confirms that of the nearly 350 million insecticides treated nets needed to achieve universal coverage, nearly 200 million were received in African countries between 2007 and 2009, and countries have adopted more effective, but also more expensive, treatment strategies.

However, the proportion of African children receiving an ACT is still very low and data on the use of diagnostics is still largely unavailable. "With strong collaboration, great progress has been made in the battle against malaria," said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director. "But more remains to be done as children and pregnant women are still dying of this preventable and treatable disease, especially in Africa. "Two thirds of all malaria control financing is generated by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, with the US Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI), the World Bank and other bilateral donors making up the balance of external funding.

Most of this funding is directed at Africa, where 90 percent of global malaria deaths occur.

The report highlights that while total annual global funding reached approximately 2 billion dollars by the end of 2009 malaria funding still falls short of the estimated 6 billion dollars required annually by the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) to ensure universal coverage of malaria control interventions.

Many countries are implementing large-scale efforts to further increase access to malaria interventions by the end of the year. Nigeria plans to distribute 60 million nets by the end of 2010 and Tanzania is piloting an innovative public-private initiative to eliminate anti-malarial stock-outs.

Progress made in malaria prevention and control is fragile and donors will make crucial decision as to whether the health-related MDGs can be met at the MDG Summit in New York in September 2010.

The Partnership promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives.

Source;Xinhua

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