Tony Blair to donors: Stop 'foot dragging' not funding for malaria

Tony Blair does not see any reason why malaria — an “utterly preventable” disease — cannot be eradicated in Africa and elsewhere.

In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, the former U.K. prime minister said the world has made extraordinary gains in the global effort toward malaria eradication, but “foot dragging” by donors could “set the clock back and break the momentum.”

Prevention and treatment of malaria is cheap, says Jonathan Klein, chair of the board of the Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,Tuberculosisand Malaria. He said one insecticide-treated net plus distribution costs less than $10. Anti-malaria medicine is less than $2 per person.

Blair called on donors to not reduce funding to the Global Fund and to halt and reverse the spread of malaria — the most achievable of the Millennium Development Goals. Klein, in a separate opinion piece for AlertNet, meanwhile, believes private companies should do their part as well in ending the disease.

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  • 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.