The African Union has lamented what it called the funding gap of an estimated at $972 million required to finance efforts to control and defeat malaria on the continent.The funding gap could threaten and reverse the gains already achieved in the past decade said Mustapha S Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs.
Africa has managed to reduce incidence of malaria by 34 percent over the past decade. In spite of this result, the continent continues to account for 82 percent of malaria cases and 90 percent of malaria deaths worldwide.
The second reason, malaria causes out-of-pocket expenditure for households and loss of productivity resulting in massive losses to economic growth, with an estimated cost of 12 billion dollars each year in lost productivity in Africa alone, the commissioner has said.
The 2015 continental World Malaria Day held on Saturday is commemorated under the theme, â€œInvest in the future: defeat malaria, to emphasize the centrality of continued investment in health systems and community systems.
Malaria induced morbidity and mortality decreased by 54 percent across the continent as 58 per cent reduction of the deaths of children under five years of age from the disease has also been achieved during the same period.
The 2014 world malaria report issued by the World Health Organization shows a dramatic decrease in the incidence of the disease worldwide, and particularly in Africa, in the years between 2000 and 2013.
Published: April 26, 2015 by: APA
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