Malaria progress threatened by lower funding

BBC notes that a drop in funding will threaten the goals for eradicating deaths from malaria. Episcopal Relief and Development offers to match your gift to Nets for Life:

Its latest World Malaria Report says 1.1 million lives were saved in the past decade but that the expansion in funding from 2004-09 halted in 2010-12.

Less than half of the $5.1bn (£3.1bn) needed was spent last year.

The WHO's latest figures - for 2010 - show some 219 million people were infected, with 660,000 people dying.
The WHO said in a statement that the plateau in funds meant "that millions of people living in highly endemic areas continue to lack access to effective malaria prevention, diagnostic testing, and treatment".

Its report said the supply of "life-saving commodities" - such as long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor spraying programmes - had slowed.

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