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The Ninth APPMG Malaria Report “2013: Malaria at the Cross Roads

In: Malaria • October 15th, 2013

APPMG 2013 Malaria Report

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HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases APPGs welcome UK Government support for Global Fund

In: Malaria, Press Releases • October 9th, 2013

The UK’s pledge of up to £1bn to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria represents a significant commitment by the UK government to lead the global fight against three of the world’s deadliest diseases. We congratulate the government on its ambitious pledge and applaud its determination to rally international support behind one of the most successful global health organisations at a critical moment.

In little more than a decade, the Global Fund has helped to turn the tide against HIV, TB and Malaria. Through the Fund, 5.3 million people have had access to ARVs who otherwise may have never received medication and 11 million people have been treated for TB, nearly half of whom, without treatment, may have lost their lives to the disease. Largely thanks to the Fund and its partners, 340 million bed nets have been distributed to protect men, women and children against malaria, leading to a historic drop in malaria deaths. In total, the Global Fund has helped save 8.7 million lives.

The efforts of the Fund and its partners have helped reverse the spread of HIV, TB and malaria and laid the foundation for even greater progress. Advances in science and implementation have taken us to a critical moment in the fight against these diseases. If we intensify our efforts now, scale up our investments and ensure the continued development and roll-out of new tools and treatments we can be the generation that beats HIV, TB and malaria. The alternative would mean squandering the progress that has been made and letting these diseases bounce back.

By committing up to £1bn to support the Global Fund, the UK government has made its decision clear. The pledge will see 750,000 people receive potentially life-saving anti-retroviral treatment for HIV, 32 million insecticide-treated bed nets will protect millions against malaria as they sleep, and 1 million people will receive treatment to help them fight off TB.

The government’s pledge has, however, laid down a challenge to other donor countries. It has promised to contribute up to 10% of the total replenishment; other donors must now step up to deliver the remaining 90%. We must ensure that the Global Fund has the resources it needs to win this fight.

We congratulate the Coalition Government for ensuring that Britain continues to play a leading role on global health. Most of all, though, we applaud it for sending a signal to the world that the UK is ready to seize this opportunity and do its part to ensure that these three terrible diseases are finally, and comprehensively, beaten.

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UK spending on malaria focussed on cost effective solutions

In: Malaria, Press Releases • September 9th, 2013

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Mum-to-be Hamu Haruna is one the millions of Ghanaians able to sleep protected by a mosquito net thanks to the over 12 million nets donated and distributed through the partnership supported by DFID, the Global Fund, US and Ghanaian Governments and Malaria No More UK

We welcome today’s National Audit Office Report which highlights the value and importance of UK aid spending on malaria and finds malaria spending by the Department for International Development (DFID) focused on cost effective solutions.

This independent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) is both insightful and timely, as DFID is now halfway through scaling up efforts to achieve its laudable goal of helping at least halve malaria deaths in 10 or more countries by 2015.

The report highlights the immense value that DFID brings to the global effort to fight malaria, not just because of the significant financial backing they provide, but also for their leadership, expertise and guidance which is valued at a global and local level by malaria endemic countries, other donor governments and multilateral partners like the World Health Organisation.

Our Policy Advisor Alan Court, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Special Ambassador for Malaria and Financing the Health MDGs, says: “For those of us who have witnessed DFID’s thoughtful approach to taking on malaria, it comes as no surprise to see the NAO reinforce what a good investment choice this is. DFID’s increasing spend over the next few years will have a huge impact, not just in cutting unnecessary malaria deaths, but also in improving maternal and child survival and removing some of the barriers to development and productivity that will help countries achieve their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of 2015.”

The NAO reports malaria interventions are cost-effective according to international standards for the number of “healthy life years” they save for the money: with the average for malaria solutions selected by DFID (such as insecticide treated nets, medicines and preventative treatment for pregnant women and young children) costing less than 20% of the World Bank’s benchmark definition of health cost-effectiveness.

The report also found that the “Department’s bilateral programmes are well chosen”, and highlights the ongoing effort needed to continue to increase efficiency, cost-effectiveness and leveraging of DFID’s engagement to encourage others to support the global malaria campaign. The NAO emphasised the importance of a number of areas of work that DFID are rightly focused on improving; including better, more frequent measurement of outcomes not just outputs; increased access to and use of bed nets; and accurate diagnosis of malaria to ensure treatment is directed to those in need.

As those of you who have been following our work know, many of these are areas that we are also engaged on. James Whiting, our Executive Director comments: “The international malaria community know what works and thanks to the simple, cost-effective means at our disposal, global malaria death rates have been cut by 26% between 2000-2010. In addition to the NAO’s detailed case studies in a few countries, we also have experience in another, Ghana, where we invested together with DFID, the Global Fund, US and Ghanaian Governments to distribute and hang over 12 million life-saving bed nets. This investment is yielding encouraging outcomes: an independent study in three regions found 78% of children under 5 (those most vulnerable to malaria) reported sleeping under a net following the campaign – a significant increase from the previous year when just 28-48% of young children in these areas were using nets. This experience and the NAO report shows us how fighting malaria is a great example of UK aid being well-targeted and hugely effective.”

In Ghana, as in other areas, DFID are focused on ensuring coordinated effort amongst donors to avoid duplication and ensure maximum benefit, an aspect of their work that was praised in the report. However, the NAO also highlighted the powerful leadership role that DFID, as the third largest global funder of malaria, could have in encouraging others to take up and sustain funding for malaria.

We agree and support DFID’s increasing emphasis in this area, including efforts to increase domestic resources and local country ownership of the malaria fight. In Zambia, for example, DFID’s support has helped encourage the Zambian Government to increase its own spending on malaria with an additional $25M committed in 2013. This is a leadership area where DFID could really help make the case and leverage the sustained resources needed for effective action against malaria.

Find out more:
The full NAO Report
DFID: Halving malaria related deaths in at least 10 of the world’s worst affected countries
Tell your MP why you support the fight to make malaria no more

 

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Sixth former presents to APPMG on World Malaria Day

In: Malaria • May 8th, 2013

Megan Owen reads her letter to her local MP at Westminster.

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Malaria No More UK makes the case for urgent action with Professor Jeffrey Sachs

In: Malaria, Press Releases • March 13th, 2013

13th March 2013: 150 guests from the worlds of politics, economics, global health and entertainment gathered last night to highlight UK action on malaria. The reception at House of Lords was organised by Malaria No More UK and hosted by the Rt Hon Baroness Hayman GBE.

Local, global and personal perspectives were shared from key note speakers including world renowned development and economics expert Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Baroness Northover,  Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords on International Development and British mum Jo Yirrell, whose own story inspired a pivotal character in ‘Mary & Martha’ the recent film by Richard Curtis.

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