World Malaria Day 2011
25 April 2011
On Monday April 25th, 2011, the World Malaria Day, there is a lot to celebrate. Millions of lives have been saved, thanks to the distribution of insecticide-treated nets, treatment of malaria cases and indoor residual spraying. But because there is a lot yet to be done, April 25th will also call upon people from every country in the planet to join the fight and bring malaria deaths to zero by 2015. About 225 million people fall ill with malaria every year and 780,000 die from the disease.
Achieving Progress and Impact, the theme of World Malaria Day 2011, will build upon amazing results achieved to date: the malaria burden has decreased in all parts of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the most affected region in the world, a total of 290 million insecticide-treated nets had been distributed by the end of 2010, bringing under protection 76% of the 765 million persons at risk of malaria there.
In 2010, Morocco and Turkmenistan were certified as free of malaria by the World Health Organization. According to the latest data, 8 countries were in the pre-elimination stage of malaria control and 10 countries were implementing elimination programmes nationwide (8 having entered the elimination phase in 2008). A further 9 countries (Armenia, Bahamas, Egypt, Jamaica, Morocco, Oman, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, and Turkmenistan) had interrupted transmission and were in the phase of preventing re-introduction of malaria.
The Global Fund has contributed to these achievements by distributing 160 million insecticide-treated nets and treating about 170 million cases of malaria between 2002 and 2010. Last year the organization began operating the Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria, to increase affordable access to the most effective malaria treatments and delay further parasite resistance to artemisinin.
As U2 singer Bono says, death by a mosquito bite? No, not in the 21st century.
21 April 2011
International initiative slashes cost of anti-malaria drugs in several African countries
The Global Fund plays a lead role in fighting the epidemic by funding programs aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.
A pioneering initiative, financed by the Global Fund, aims to make effective malaria treatment accessible and affordable.
"We have made such impressive progress in the fight against malaria in the last few years that eliminating the disease as a public health problem in the most endemic countries is actually within our reach. The Global Fund is determined to play its part to ensure that insecticide-treated bed nets and affordable, effective treatment for malaria are available to everyone who needs them."
Prof. Michel Kazatchkine
Executive Director, The Global Fund