Paris: Funding for malaria has risensharply over the past three years but still has to double tomeet needs, according to a study published online today by TheLancet. 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 billionthat is needed for comprehensive control of malaria in 2010,it said.
China and India, as well as two African countries,Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, have economies that are strongenough to support malaria programmes by themselves, it says. Whether international donors should support thesecountries` needs should be debated, it says. In contrast, there are 10 African countries and fivein Asia that are short of funds and low in domestic income. "Poor countries with inadequate donor assistance andlarge sectors of their population at risk of malaria mustremain in the focus of attention if global ambitions formalaria control are to be realised," said Snow. Under the Millennium Development Goals, reviewed inNew York last week, UN members pledged to "have halted by 2015and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other majordiseases."PTI
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