Recommitting To Fight Against Malaria

April 26, 2011, 9:23 a.m.

21 April 2011

Despite progress over the past decade in the global fight against malaria, significant challenges remain, Awa Marie Coll-Seck, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and former health minister of Senegal, writes in a Modern Ghana opinion pieceahead of World Malaria Day. "While countries could soon be able to distribute enough bednets to protect everyone at risk, achieving similar traction with treatment, diagnosis and indoor spraying has proven more difficult. More critically, growing drug and insecticide resistance, left unchecked, could leave millions without effective treatment and prevention options, essentially turning the clock back to the conditions of ten years ago."

Coll-Seck continues, "Countries struggling with malaria and those that have long since eliminated it both have a role to play in fighting this disease. Political leaders in countries with malaria burdens must remain firm in their commitments, from increasing health budgets to improving supply lines. Donors must meet their own pledges and help find ways to bridge the gaps in necessary funding going forward. Malaria has proven itself to be a good investment" (4/20).

 

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