Malaria funding still less than half of needs: Study

Funding for malaria has risen sharply but still has to double to meet needs.

Paris: Funding for malaria has risen
sharply over the past three years but still has to double to
meet needs, according to a study published online today by The

Global financing has risen by 166 per cent since 2007,
from USD 730 million to around USD 1.94 billion, it said.
But this is around 40 per cent of the USD 4.9 billion
that is needed for comprehensive control of malaria in 2010,
it said.

The good news is that 21 countries, including 12 in
Africa, have now received adequate, or near-adequate

The study, headed by Bob Snow, a professor at the
Centre for Geographic Medicine at Oxford University, comes
ahead of a meeting in New York on Tuesday of donors to the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Several hundred million cases of malaria occur each
year, of which around 850,000 are fatal.

The study highlights the disparities among 93
countries where malaria is endemic.

China and India, as well as two African countries,
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, have economies that are strong
enough to support malaria programmes by themselves, it says.

Whether international donors should support these
countries` needs should be debated, it says.

In contrast, there are 10 African countries and five
in Asia that are short of funds and low in domestic income.

"Poor countries with inadequate donor assistance and
large sectors of their population at risk of malaria must
remain in the focus of attention if global ambitions for
malaria control are to be realised," said Snow.

Under the Millennium Development Goals, reviewed in
New York last week, UN members pledged to "have halted by 2015
and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major