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Today is World Malaria Day, an international event set up by the WHO in 2008, to celebrate progress against malaria, but also to remind political leaders that more needs to be done. Over the last 20 years, we’ve made significant progress against malaria, with over 600,000 lives saved each year. Last year’s replenishment of The Global Fund, in which nations pledged over $14bn over the next three years to support efforts against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was hard-won in the face of real challenges. Yet more can and needs to be done to fight this disease. A child dies from malaria – an entirely preventable and treatable disease – every two minutes, and an additional two billion dollars a year is needed to truly make progress. So, this year’s World Malaria Day is an opportunity to emphasise the need for sustained political commitment, strong health systems and supply chains, particularly in times of the coronavirus.


World Malaria Day

WHO World Malaria Report 2019

The Replenishment of The Global Fund

Image Credits: WHO/Chris Black

Scientific Advisor: Katharine Collins, Radboud University Medical Centre

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