UN Envoy: Near-Zero Malaria Deaths by 2015 Possible

If the existing global efforts in combating malaria can be sustained then the target of zero or near-zero malaria deaths by 2015 can be achieved, said Ray Chambers, the United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria. The most effective way to do so is to distribute bed nets to all households in malaria-endemic countries by end-2010, Chambers said. To achieve this target, the U.N. envoy is urging donors to continue financing the “Counting Malaria Out” campaign. The two-year campaign aims to provide mosquito nets for all communities in malaria hotspots and halve malaria deaths by the end of this year. “Once we reach that goal we must be ever diligent and vigilant after 2010. We have to keep replacing bed nets and we have to be aware of the malaria parasites developing resistance to the medication or the mosquito developing resistance to the insecticide on the net,” Chambers said in a news release.

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