Africa sees progress in reducing malaria, says new UNICEF report (2)

10:18, April 20, 2010      

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"But more remains to be done as children and pregnant women are still dying of this preventable and treatable disease, especially in Africa," said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman in a UNICEF and RBM press release Monday.

The proportion of African children receiving the Artemisinin- based combination therapy (ATC) treatment remains "low" according to the report with the data on the use of diagnostics largely unavailable.

The report also notes that with the total annual global funding reaching 2 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2009, malaria funding still is short of the estimated 6 billion U.S. dollars that is annually required by the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) to guarantee universal coverage of malaria control interventions.

The report is a second in a series of RBM Progress & Impact report which highlights malaria progress in Africa.

Founded by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), RBM Partnership is a global framework for coordinated action against malaria that promotes high-level political commitment.

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