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World Making Progress On Malaria But More Prevention, Treatment Coverage, Funding Needed, WHO Report Says

Deutsche Welle: WHO sees progress in fighting Malaria — but a lot more needs to be done
“The World Health Organization’s annual World Malaria Report brings hope but with a warning. The disease remains an acute threat to public health, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa…” (12/13).

The Guardian: Progress on malaria deaths at risk without big boost in funding, U.N. warns
“Real progress in driving down infections and deaths from malaria will be at risk if substantially more funding is not forthcoming, according to the latest annual report on the epidemic…” (Boseley, 12/12).

Los Angeles Times: The world could wipe out malaria. A new report shows why that isn’t happening
“…WHO officials said a lack of funds for malaria control posed ‘a serious challenge’ to combating the disease. In 2015, malaria funding totaled $2.9 billion, just under half the annual target set for 2020. The United States is the largest international funder, accounting for about a third of donations…” (Simmons, 12/12).

Reuters: Fight against malaria hampered by flatlining funds: WHO
“…[W]hile deaths from the disease have fallen dramatically in the past 15 years — since 2000 malaria deaths in Africa have dropped by 62 percent — to 429,000 in 2015, there are big gaps in progress, with the poorest countries faring the worst. Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden and last year was home to 90 percent of malaria cases and 92 percent of malaria deaths…” (Kelland, 12/12).

TIME: There Were More Than 200 Million New Cases of Malaria in 2015, WHO Says
“… ‘We are definitely seeing progress, but the world is still struggling to achieve the high levels of program coverage that are needed to beat this disease,’ Dr. Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Program, said in a statement…” (Chan, 12/13).

VOA News: WHO Reports Strong Progress in Fighting Malaria, Warns of Big Funding Gaps
“…[Alonso] says progress is being hampered by a lack of funds. ‘The last five years we have seen no increase in the level of funding, be it from international donors or domestic funding from the affected countries themselves,’ said Alonso. ‘We are not on [target] to achieve our goals unless we increase the amount of resources made available for the fight against malaria’…” (Ridgwell, 12/12).

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