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."

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