Global response to malaria may suffer due to reduced funding – WHO

Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, commenting on the findings of this year’s report, said the world is at a crossroads in the response to malaria and expressed the hope that this report would serve as a wake-up call for the global health community.
“Meeting the global malaria targets will only be possible through greater investment and expanded coverage of core tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria,” he said.
“Robust financing for the research and development of new tools is equally critical. The WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria calls for reductions of at least 40% in malaria case incidence and mortality rates by the year 2020. According to WHO’s latest malaria report, the world is not on track to reach these critical milestones,” he said.

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