Renewed push should be welcomed to fight malaria
On 25 April, World Malaria Day was marked. Although tremendous progress has been made, per year the disease still infects 219 million people and causes 660,000 deaths.
New Horizons, May 2013 - In addition to its direct impact on the health of millions worldwide, malaria also has an indirect impact on economies and development in general.
On World Malaria Day (25 April), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has added its voice to the call for accelerated efforts to eliminate the deadly disease.
‘Roll Back Malaria’
UNDP is a founding member of Roll Back Malaria, a public-private partnership which has grown over 15 years to encompass more than 500 organizations focused on promoting high-level political commitment to keep malaria at the top of the global agenda, and monitoring progress towards universal goals.
UNDP, Roll Back Malaria and other UN partners are collaborating to investigate and address the social determinants of malaria, such as housing, income inequality, gender and education.
This multi-sectoral approach with governments and civil society is helping countries increase the effectiveness of their malaria programmes.
The estimated funding required for malaria control is US 5 billion
Malaria control interventions not only save lives but accelerate progress in other health and development goals, including reducing school absenteeism, fighting poverty, and improving maternal and child health.
The estimated funding required for malaria control globally is just over US 5 billion per year, but available domestic and international funds amount to less than half this need.
According to the World Malaria Report 2012, 90 percent of all malaria deaths occur in Africa – the vast majority in children under five.