DFID Publishes Malaria Framework for Results 7 January 2011
London, 7 January: The UK government Department for International Development (DFID) has confirmed its commitment to spend up to £500 million each year for malaria with the publishing of a strategic document stating its priorities for investment over the next few years.
The Malaria Framework for Results, Breaking the Cycle: Saving Lives and Protecting the Future, outlines DFID’s strategic plans and focus for malaria control until 2015.
Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, highlights the government’s commitment to halve the number of malaria deaths in at least 10 high burden countries by ensuring they have the right mix of good quality prevention, diagnosis and treatment. He believes that this requires working directly with countries and communities, removing the barriers that prevent those most in need from receiving help, investing in research for new treatments and prevention approaches, and focusing on results.
According to the Framework, the government’s strategy will be to focus on the most poor and vulnerable people in high burden countries, offer support to National Malaria Programmes, link to other programmes for cost effectiveness, improve the quality and availability of research and data to guide investment in malaria and work closely with international partners to ensure global efforts tackle malaria as efficiently as possible.
“This Framework for Results sets out a good balanced strategy highlighting sensible approaches to deliver well tested interventions to those who need them,” says Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium’s Technical Director. “The commitments to robust monitoring of DFID’s contribution and to capacity building are very welcome.”
The Framework was preceded by a 12-week public consultation on malaria, in which Malaria Consortium provided advice. The main issues that arose from the consultation clearly reflect some of the same goals we are dedicated to achieving, including integrating malaria control services with other health interventions, strengthening health information systems, improving commodity supply chains, and building management capacity and human resources especially at district level.