Achieving Malaria-Free World Requires Investments In, Access To New Tools
CNBC Africa: Op-Ed: What Africa can do to reverse its recent rise in malaria
Olivia Ngou, Africa deputy director at Malaria No More
“…Unless we stay focused on fighting malaria, especially in the highest burden countries, our hard-earned gains could be lost. … This response requires several actions to be fully supported by all parties involved. First, we need greater investments to deliver the right set of tools and services to all those who are vulnerable to malaria. … Second, we need to increase investments in researching and developing new ways to treat and prevent the spread of malaria. And third, we must ensure that any new malaria control methods serve the most affected communities … Those of us who face the threat and consequences of malaria daily are eager for greater access to existing tools, and continued commitment and funding to developing powerful new tools. We want them to have the best chance at succeeding, and this happens when communities are actively involved. This must continue to be a best practice. … Tools are truly transformative when they get to the people who need them most, and communities have a voice in the process of shaping and accepting these technologies. This is what will help us achieve a malaria-free world” (11/21).