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WHO Calls For Malaria Efforts To Get ‘Back On Track,’ As Funding Stagnates, Some Areas Experience Rise In Cases, Deaths

Deutsche Welle: Malaria keeps Africa donor-reliant
“…[Africa] still has a high rate of infections because significant gaps exist in the implementation and delivery of malaria interventions in many countries, says Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa. … The WHO this week called the fight against malaria a ‘success story,’ but also drew attention to the slowing in progress to curb malaria in recent years and the funding shortfall…” (van Eyssen/Yiga, 4/25).

U.N. News: Get malaria response ‘back on track,’ U.N. says, as progress stalls and funding flatlines
“Marking World Malaria Day, the head of the United Nations health agency on Wednesday stressed the need to get the global response against the disease back on track while acknowledging progress that had helped avert millions of malaria deaths, especially among children, since 2000…” (4/25).

VOA News: WHO Joins Urgent Call to Stop Malaria’s Resurgence
“…For many years, World Malaria Day has been a cause for celebration, but not this year. World Health Organization data show that starting in 2016 progress has been at a standstill and hopes of ending the global epidemic by 2030 are slipping away. Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Program, Pedro Alonso, says some of the gains made in reducing the number of cases and deaths in countries across all regions of the world are being reversed…” (Schlein, 4/25).

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