Roll Back Malaria has added its voice to the clamor for sustained anti-malaria funding, citing a joint report showing that investment in malaria control has saved lives and benefited countries.
The report of RBM, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and PATH indicates that investments from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative between 2003 and 2009 combine for USD4.6 billion. During the period, Global Fund-backed initiatives have caused distribution of 104 million mosquito nets and treatment of 108 million cases in 81 countries.
“Investment in malaria control is having a profound effect on health and the MDGs, especially on the health of women and children in Africa,” RBM Executive Director Awa Marie Coll-Seck said in a press release.
“This investment must continue. Lives saved today must not be replaced by lives lost tomorrow,” Coll-Seck added. “We have come too far—there is so much momentum. We must not allow the clock to be turned back.”