Funding to combat malaria must be more than tripled if the mosquito-borne disease which kills nearly a million people a year is to be fought effectively, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership said in a report covering the past decade. A jump in financing had helped to contain the disease but more needed to be done, the group said. “In all the countries where there is sufficient financing, we are reaching our goals,” said Awa Marie Coll-Seck, executive director of the partnership, which is backed by the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO). Total annual global funding was about $2 billion at the end of 2009, far short of the estimated $6 billion required annually to expand the campaign, the partnership said. Coll-Seck said malaria remained a leading cause of child mortality in Africa. The partnership said last year the disease was claiming a life nearly every 30 seconds. In worst-hit countries it consumes 40 percent of public health spending. “Financing has a very swift impact,” said Michel Kazatchkine, director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “In some countries, the number of malaria cases had fallen 50 percent over the past two years.” The fund, set up in 2002, aims to raise government funding for 2011-2013 in the next few months.