“With common resolve and a united front, I think we can have a world where, within our contemplative lifetimes, no-one will die from malaria.”
Speaking yesterday at the UK launch of a new report firom the Roll Back Malaria Partnership - A Decade of Partnership and Results - the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’ Brien, praised the work of the malaria community and re-iterated the UK Government’s commitment to ending malaria.
The report is the final in a series produced by the Partnership that has tracked the progress of malaria interventions and funding. In this review of the achievements of the last 10 years, global malaria deaths have dropped by an estimated 38 percent, with 43 countries (11 of them in Africa) cutting malaria cases or deaths by 50 percent or more. This is a direct reversal of the previous decade’s trend.
Minister O’Brien was joined at the launch by fellow speakers Dr Rob Newman, Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme, Jon Pender, Vice President for Global Health at GlaxoSmithKline and His Excellency Ambassador Isaac Sebulime Biruma, the Deputy High Commissioner of Uganda.
The panellists noted the vital support of the private sector and academia, who have come together in partnership to develop new tools in product development partnerships, as well as commenting on the necessary role played by donors such as the British government in ensuring that enough resources are being allocated towards endemic countries.
In response to the report, it is important to note the role of NGOs as partners in implementation and advocacy, which has been and continues to be of vital significance. They provide the evidence from the field necessary to push forward new interventions, ensuring they reach the most vulnerable communities and households. In the next decade, NGOs will be the key to accountability and transparency at all levels
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