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MalaFa Report Offers African Insights Into Efforts To End Malaria

Devex: Opinion: African experts warn big changes needed to eliminate malaria
Richard Nchabi Kamwi, a board member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other global health advisory panels; Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership To End Malaria; and Harald Nusser, head of Novartis Social Business

“…Launched on April 17 in London, [a major new study, Malaria Futures for Africa, or MalaFa,] reveals what malaria experts in Africa actually think about progress and challenges toward malaria elimination. They believe that malaria can be beaten, but it will require significant political will as well as continued research on scientific breakthroughs and an emphasis on using both old and new tools. … MalaFa gathers, for the first time in many years, the views of African policymakers and experts about the future of malaria on the continent. … Funding, respondents told us, is inadequate and unsustainable. … Each of us has seen what African governments and health workers have achieved since the turn of the century: Malaria deaths are down by 60 percent. That is, of course, still too much … We worry — as do most of the experts interviewed for MalaFa — that progress could stall. … We need to take advantage of these African insights and learnings as we discuss how to accelerate progress toward malaria elimination…” (4/18).

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