Donor Countries Must Increase Pledges For Global Fund To Further Malaria Progress

Devex: Steady funding, strategic planning key to continued malaria progress
Deb Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

“…It is important to acknowledge such tremendous progress [against malaria], as outlined by both the World Health Organization 2015 World Malaria Report, released this week, and a report released in September by the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund on achievements in the malaria fight over the last 15 years. But it is also important to recognize that such gains can be easily lost without steady funding and strategic planning. … Experts estimate that $5.1 billion would be necessary each year to eliminate malaria as a serious public health threat. … As we move into a replenishment year for the Global Fund, it is imperative that we encourage donor countries to increase their pledges if we are to win this winnable fight. Every dollar in the 2016 replenishment will count in the Global Fund’s efforts to fight malaria and to create a healthy global society…” (12/11).