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Malaria: 60 times-rate increase due to lack of funding

Malaria: 60 times-rate increase due to lack of funding

(ePharmaNews) – The incidence rate of malaria has increased from 100 thousand per year to 6 million per year, says a new study.

According to a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Malaria Journal, there have been 75 documented episodes of malaria resurgence worldwide since the 1930s, the majority of which were associated with weakening of malaria control programs. The study, which is in line with the theme of this year's World Malaria Day 'Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria,' on the 25th April, established that the most frequent reason for the weakening of malaria control programs was due to disruptions in funding.

The Study has stressed that there is a gap between the available funding and the required funding, and this gap may need 10 billion dollar to be overcome during the next three years.
This gap originated from the decision of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to increase the amount of funding of Tuberculosis and HIV prevention on the expense of Malaria.

The study authors believe that 91% of the 75 resurgence events were at least partially linked to the weakening of malaria control programs.

"Malaria control programs have been shown to be extremely successful in reducing the number of cases of malaria to very low levels, but history demonstrates that gains can be lost rapidly if financial and political support is not sustained. Finding ways to ensure continued funding for malaria control today will be crucial to building on the gains of the past decade." Says the lead author, Justin Cohen M.D., MPH.

Noteworthy, WHO says that Malaria killed 1.2 million people in 2010, 90% of them were in Africa, and 86% were children less than 5 year-old.

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