New initiatives on World Malaria Day

A health professional prepares artemisinin-combination therapy. Photo by: Novartis AG / CC BY-NC-ND

Curious what several donors and organizations are doing to eradicate malaria?

For one, the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 is working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to distribute artemisinin-based combination therapies in five Nigerian states through the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria initiative, an innovative financing mechanism designed to expand countries’ access to ACTs, AlertNet reports.

The African Development Bank, meanwhile, is supporting the control of communicable diseases, including malaria, in the Southern African Development Community region with a $30 million grant.

The World Health Organization, for its part, is launching a new initiative on April 25. Test, Treat, Track urges the global health community to scale up diagnostic testing, treatment and surveillance for malaria, especially in endemic countries.

These new initiatives are a welcome addition to the many programs working to bring malaria deaths to near-zero. Despite reported gains, malaria remains a threat to public health. In 2010, it claimed the lives of an estimated 655,000 people. Half of the world’s population is still at risk of contracting the disease.

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About the author

  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.