WHO: Malaria fighting progress has stalled
30.11.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Progress «has stalled» in the fight against malaria, which still kills more than 440,000 people each year, UN Radio says referring to the 2017 World Malaria Report (published by the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday).
In meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus admits that major gains had been made within recent years, but «we are now at a turning point.»
«Without urgent action, we risk going backwards,» he says, adding that the global malaria targets for 2020 and beyond, would be missed as they required a reduction of at least 40% of the mortality rate.
In meanwhile, the Report says a major problem is the lack of funding, both domestically and internationally.
In meanwhile, Ray Chambers, the Special Envoy for Health within the UN Agenda 2030 (which includes malaria targets) says that the estimated seven million lives saved since the beginning of the century showed how important it was to protect «hard-won gains».
«We must double-down on our commitments, bring new technologies to bear, and boost investments,» he admits.