New Commitments Announced in Global Fight Against Malaria
Government officials, private sector and NGOs announce new commitments in the fight against malaria today. The announcement also includes a call for commitment from the 53 Commonwealth nations to halve the number of malaria cases worldwide within the next five years. Such a goal, if achieved, would prevent 350 million cases of malaria and save an estimated 650,000 lives, according to the World Health Organization. Commonwealth countries and its citizens make up one-third of the global population, but more than half of all malaria cases and deaths.
The announcement includes major funding commitments. The U.K. government announced a 100 million pound commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to reach 5 million homes with indoor spraying and fund 26 million mosquito nets. The funds will be matched by private sector. Forty six malaria-affected countries are committing $2 billion to the Global Fund from 2018-20. New research programs are also being funded. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest an additional $1 billion through 2023 for research and reduce disease burden. Officials are encouraged by the investments from countries where malaria is present.
Today’s announcement also emphasized the need to treat malaria among refugees and internally displaced persons, especially a growing concern with the Rohingya refugee crisis. The anti-malaria community is also calling on private sector assistance in research, development and innovation. PQMD-member GlaxoSmithKline announced a new 175 million pound commitment in its antimalarial research and development efforts, including development of a one dose treatment for relapsing malaria.
Today’s announcement comes during the Malaria Summit London 2018, in the midst of the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting 2018, also in London. Read more here.