Progress in the global effort to eradicate malaria remains fragile, a report published Sept. 14 says, adding that the campaign needs additional funds to continue saving millions of lives.
Preventive malaria measures, such as the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying methods, helped save the lives of approximately 750,000 children in 34 African countries over the past decade, the study by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership states, according to Agence France-Presse. Most of these lives were saved since 2006, when the global fight against malaria began receiving large funding from donors.
Researchers of the study note that 3 million more lives could be saved over the next five years if donors increase their investments in tackling malaria worldwide, AFP adds.
The study demonstrates the importance of controlling malaria to achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 deadline, according to the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Program.
“Without continued investment in malaria, reaching the MDG for child survival is unlikely to be reached in Africa,” Robert Newman said, according to AFP.
Tim Ziemer, the U.S. global malaria coordinator, called for similar action.
“To reach the Millennium Development Goals, we must accelerate our efforts to expand not only malaria prevention and treatment, but also a broad range of community-based health services,” he said, as quoted by AFP.
World leaders will meet Sept. 20-22 in New York to review progress on the MDGs.
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