Malaria report reveals a decline in global deaths, shows a need to continue funding for research
Decembner 13, 2011 --A report released this week shows that while global malaria deaths are on the decline, there is still a critical need to invest in the research and development for new prevention and treatment tools that will help protect this fragile progress against the disease.
The World Malaria Report 2011, issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), shows that malaria deaths worldwide have dropped by more than 25% since 2000 and by 33% in the WHO African Region. The report credits this progress to scaled-up malaria prevention and control tools within the last decade that were developed thanks to a commitment to research. These tools include bed nets, improved diagnostics, and an increase in the volume of effective antimalarial medicines available.
WHO cautioned that while this is good news in the fight against malaria, the gains are fragile and a projected decline in funding could jeopardize this progress. This shortfall in funding will hinder investments in the research and innovation needed for new prevention and treatment methods needed now and in the future to address this disease.
“The toll taken by the current economic crisis must not result in our gains being reversed, or progress slowed. With Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s charge for near zero deaths by end of 2015, turning back now is not an option,” said Raymond G. Chambers, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria.