17 December 2012

Africa: WHO Reports Slowdown in Fight Against Malaria

In a report issued on 17 December 2012, the World Health Organization warned that global funding for malaria prevention has leveled off in the past two years, slowing progress in the delivery of some life-saving commodities. Despite remarkable advances against malaria that have been made over the past decade, WHO said funding shortfalls could threaten to reverse those gains.

Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria and MDG Advocate said: "If we fail to come together and urgently resolve the funding shortfall, there will be no averting a humanitarian crisis. Millions of children will lose their protection from the disease, allowing for uncontrollable resurgences which will wipe away the gains from the past decade. We cannot allow so much progress to come undone, and I call on all of our partners to mount an unprecedented Big Push over the next 36 months to achieve the Secretary General's vision of a world where no child dies from malaria."

Copyright © 2012 Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.