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Roll Back Malaria Partnership releases new strategies to malaria elimination.

CENEVRE (CyHAN)- The Roll Back Malaria Partnership released Friday (10 Jul) new strategies to guide efforts towards malaria elimination by 2030.

In an interview in Geneva, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Executive Director Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore said "the Global Malaria Strategy developed by the WHO is the one supported by the global malaria partners that came together to develop action and investment to defeat Malaria."

She explained "the Global Technical Strategy has three main pillars: Universal access - to ensure that all people in need will have access to malaria control intervention-; acceleration, for elimination in all affected countries, which is the second pillar. The third pillar is investing in surveillance and production of data to be able to track and show results."

On 13 July, world leaders at the 3rd International Financing for Development (FfD) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will discuss the new World Health Assembly endorsed Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership's Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM) - for a malaria-free world.

Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has resulted in a 58% reduction in malaria mortality - with more than 6.2 million malaria deaths averted between 2001 - 2015. However, malaria remains a major cause and consequence of poverty and inequity worldwide.

While completely preventable and treatable, WHO has estimated that there will be 214 million cases of malaria infection in 2015, claiming the lives of approximately 472,000 people,the majority of them African children under five years of age.

Adequate and predictable financing and innovations for new tools will be critical to scale-up interventions and reach the WHO/RBM targets of malaria elimination. In RBM's AIM document, experts outline that just over US $100 billion is needed to eliminate malaria by 2030, with an additional US$ 10 billion needed to fund research and development of new tools, including new drugs and insecticides.

Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore said, "How we will finance that? I think that if you look at the situation currently, 22 percent of the resources required for Malaria control are coming from domestic resources. 12 percent out pocket meaning those who are suffering are paying for it. The remaining one from external resources which is 66 percent. What we are looking for is greater investment from domestic resources and it is possible."

At a cost of US $5-8 per case averted, malaria has continually proven to be one of the most cost-effective investments in public health with relatively low investments.

Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore also said, "The action and the investment to defeat Malaria, if really we implement the strategy fully, would have averted more than 3 Billion Malaria cases for the 15 years. We would have saved 10 million lives in the 15 years.

We would have really get in terms of economic outputs 4 000 Billion US Dollars as economic growth that countries affected by Malaria would enjoy. And we would have more children at school, we would have a better life if we refocus, we recommit and we are ensuring that Malaria is defeated, because we know it is possible, it is doable".

Malaria reduction and elimination will be critical to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and will help advance development efforts across sectors by reducing school absenteeism, fighting poverty, increasing gender parity and improving maternal and child health.

STORY: GENEVA / MALARIA GLOBAL EFFORTS

SOURCE: UNTV CH / FILE

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 JULY 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

SHOTLIST:

09 JULY 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Zoom out, exterior, WHO building

2. Various shots, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore walking during interview

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria Partnership:

"The Global Malaria Strategy developed by the WHO is the one supported by the global malaria partners that came together to develop action and investment to defeat Malaria. The Global Technical Strategy has three main pillars: Universal access - to ensure that all people in need will have access to malaria control intervention-; acceleration, for elimination in all affected countries, which is the second pillar. The third pillar is investing in surveillance and production of data to be able to track and show results."

FILE -- ROLL BACK MALARIA PARTNERSHIP - 03 OCTOBER 2012, MAE NGAO VILLAGE, MAE HONG SON PROVINCE, THAILAND

4. Wide shot, patient visiting Mae Ngao malaria clinic

5. Various shots, clinician's hand preparing for a rapid blood test

6. Close up, patient's finger

7. Close up, blood sample

8. Close up, clinician writing down information on a form

09 JULY 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria Partnership:

"How we will finance that? I think that if you look at the situation currently, 22 percent of the resources required for Malaria control are coming from domestic resources. 12 percent out pocket meaning those who are suffering are paying for it. The remaining one from external resources which is 66 percent. What we are looking for is greater investment from domestic resources and it is possible."

FILE -- ROLL BACK MALARIA PARTNERSHIP - 03 OCTOBER 2012, MAE NGAO VILLAGE, MAE HONG SON PROVINCE, THAILAND

10. Close up, patients information sheet pan to malaria generic drugs

11. Close up, package of Artesunate

09 JULY 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria Partnership:

"The action and the investment to defeat Malaria, if really we implement the strategy fully, would have averted more than 3 Billion Malaria cases for the 15 years. We would have saved 10 million lives in the 15 years. We would have really get in terms of economic outputs 4 000 Billion US Dollars as economic growth that countries affected by Malaria would enjoy. And we would have more children at school, we would have a better life if we refocus, we recommit and we are ensuring that Malaria is defeated, because we know it is possible, it is doable".

13. Wide shot, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore walking during interview

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