> More investment needed in malaria battle in

World: More investment needed in malaria battle in


Governments, development partners and the corporate sector should invest additional to sustain gains made in the fight against malaria to eliminate the disease, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

Three out of four people are at risk of malaria in the Southeast Asia region, home to a quarter of the world’s people. The disease remains a significant threat to the lives and livelihoods, although the number of confirmed malaria cases in the region decreased from 2.9 million in 2000 to 2 million in 2012.

“Around 1.4 billion people continue to be at risk of malaria in Southeast Asia. They are often the poorest, inclunding workers in hilly or forested areas, in development projects such as mining, agroforestry, road and dam constructions and in upland subsistence farming in rural areas and urban areas,” said WHO regional director for Southeast Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh, in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

She was speaking at the celebration of 2014 World Malaria Day, which falls on April 25.

“We must continue surveillance on malaria. Funding needs to be increased for diagnostics, drugs, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and research and response on drug and insecticide resistance. We need to empower communities to protect themselves. Eliminating malaria will take better political will,” Singh added.

World efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives. Malaria mortality rates have been reduced by 42 % and the incidence of malaria decreased by 25 % globally during 2000-2012.

Although substantial, the WHO said gains in malaria control could be reversed due to increasing parasite resistance to drugs, mosquito resistance to insecticides and the reintroduction of transmission in places where the disease has been eliminated.

“The emergence of artemisinin resistance in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam threatens world achievements in malaria control and elimination,” it said.

Artemisinin-based combination treatment (ACT) is the initial line of treatment for the majority lethal type of malaria.

"The resistance to this drug would compromise the lives of hundreds of thousands of people affected by malaria, and there is an urgent need to invest in ways to contain the spread of resistance to these drugs," the WHO added.

Related Articles
  • Islamic banking sector worth $16bn

    2015/05/22 In Egypt, Islamic banking represents a sizeable piece of the in general pie, with about 20% of total bank accounts held in Islamic banks, and it is forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years Probably one of the majority striking things about Islamic finance is the absence of interest in all its forms. Based on sharia law – and banks are no exception to the policy that mankind must help one an extra – Islamic finance is considered as a form of ethical lending, where money is moved by relevant parties in a risk-sharing scheme. It was prevalent throughout the history of the Muslim world and helped lay the foundations for a flourishing civilization. It is only in recent years, however, that formal institutions were established to put Islamic finance into practice on a large scale.
  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Nations is not able to fulfill its obligations

    2015/05/09 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Nations is not able to fulfill its obligations any additional, Behrooz Abdolvand, research director at Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies said. “OPEC has lost much of its importance during the last 30 years,” Abdolvand told Trend. He reminded that the world oil request was 60 million barrels per day in 1970s and the OPEC produced half of it. “Presently the world request is 92 million barrels per day and the OPEC produces only one third of it.”
  • How Malaria Fight Saved Millions – Why It Matters

    2015/05/09 The new statistics show impressive evolution in the fight against malaria -- a 46 % decrease in infections part children in sub-Saharan Africa and an estimated 4.3 million deaths averted globally. A substantial increase in international funding has contributed to those achievements. The U.S. government is part the major funders of malaria control through its President's Malaria Initiative – one of the few international assistance programs that has garnered bipartisan support through the Bush and Obama terms. But malaria remains a leading cause of death in poorer and tropical parts of the world. Eliminating it as a major world disease threat would require doubling the current $3 billion spent annually.
  • Oil ends lower, but logs seventh straight weekly gain

    2015/05/02 Oil futures ended lower on Friday, pressured by reports that Iraq’s crude exports rose to a 30-year high as production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Nations stood at its highest level since late 2012. Prices came off their best monthly gain in nearly six years, and still scored a weekly gain—their seventh weekly rise in a row. June crude CLM5, -0.62% lost 48 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $59.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices had finished April with a 25% surge.
  • UNESCO: Half of world's languages will be gone by end of century

    2015/04/24 UNESCO is predicting that half of all languages will be gone by the end of this century. Over 2,000 of the world’s 7,000 languages have fewer than 1,000 native speakers, according to data from the UN group. The Amazon rainforest, sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, Australia and Southeast Asia will lose the majority languages, according to the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity’s Endangered Languages Project. But the United States will lose hundreds of indigenous languages as well if it doesn’t make an effort to replace them, UNESCO says. Most indigenous languages are spoken on the West Coast and on Native American reservations in the Midwest.