Africa: We Can Lead the Way in Ending Aids, Malaria and TB

In September, world leaders pledged nearly US$13 billion to tackle some of the world's deadliest diseases through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. In a time of significant global uncertainty and strife, this was a remarkable display of commitment to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations on the planet.

Gates: We Can Eliminate Malaria

Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says the fact that the world has reduced malaria by about half since the start of the Millennium Development Goals in the year 2000 means that, “…we're not only making progress, but we're learning what it takes, and we're finding the tools.”

HIV Response Strategies Key to Tackling Malaria

Swaziland's minister of health and social welfare, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, has called for lessons learned from the HIV response in Southern Africa to be applied to the response to malaria.

Speaking on World Malaria Day (25 April 2015) in Livingstone, Zambia, Simelane emphasised the need for early diagnostic and treatment systems to combat malaria in the border areas of Southern Africa, just as has been done in the mitigation of HIV and AIDS.

Malaria a Threat to Southern Africa

Advocacy groups believe that greater regional cooperation is needed to eliminate malaria as it remains a health threat to millions of people living in Southern Africa.

Roll Back Malaria, a partnership of organisations, says 200 000 people continue to die from the disease in Southern African each year, with the occurrence remaining unacceptably high in the region.

Lack of Information Hampers Malaria Fight

According to a new study, some 60 percent of countries where malaria is endemic lack solid information about the quality of available drugs to treat the deadly disease.
The study, published in the Malaria Journal in April, looked at 251 reports from 104-malaria endemic countries since 1946, and found that of the 43 countries that had some information about anti-malarial quality, more than half of these - 25 -  had only one or two published reports available.

​Six African Nations Could be Malaria-Free by 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that six countries in Africa, the continent where malaria is most widespread, could be free of the disease by 2020.

In a report published to mark World Malaria Day, WHO says that one of the goals of its 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to wipe out the disease in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade.

In a press statement, the Geneva-based organisation estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including six countries in the African Region, where the burden of the disease is heaviest.

Malaria Drug Resistance and High Infection Rates a Potential Time Bomb

On 25th of April, the annual World Malaria Day, many health organisations will highlight important gains in fighting this deadly disease that claims more than one million lives every year. But despite notable progress in terms of innovation and investment, Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues to see continuously high rates of malaria in several African countries.


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