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2014 Malaria Report launched

In: Press Releases • October 15th, 2014

 Press Release- 2014 Malaria Report Launched

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Launch of 2013 Neglected Tropical Diseases Report

In: Press Releases • November 28th, 2013

APPMG 2013 Neglected Tropical Diseases Report

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Jeremy Lefroy MP encourages more Parliaments to set up special interest groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

In: Press Releases • November 1st, 2013

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Jeremy Lefroy MP

Member of Parliament for the Stafford constituency

Release Date: 24th October 2013

 Jeremy Lefroy MP attends meeting with US Senator and encourages more Parliaments to set up special interest groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Whilst in Washington DC for the annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) met with the co-chair of the US Senate working group on Malaria and NTDs- Senator Roger Wicker along with the Global Network’s Neeraj Mistry and Mr. Ibrahim Souleymane MP from the National Assembly of Niger.

They discussed the huge economic burden these diseases have, especially in African countries and explored opportunities to partner together in the future to continue to build and maintain commitment amongst parliamentarians and senators to progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs across the globe.

Jeremy Lefroy commented:

 “It was a great honour to meet Senator Wicker together with Neeraj Mistry and Mr. Ibrahim Souleymane MP. We discussed how the US senate and UK parliament groups on Malaria and NTDs could work more closely together and agreed to jointly encourage more Parliaments to set up similar groups as we have seen how effective they are in our own countries. I welcome the US Government’s commitment to tackling malaria and NTDs in particular the ground breaking President’s Malaria Initiative set up by former President George W. Bush which together with the UK’s commitment in this area has made so much difference to funding work on NTDs over the past decade.”

 

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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

Posted in: Policy0

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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The All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group marked World Malaria Day with an event in the House of Commons

In: Press Releases • May 8th, 2013

The All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group marked World Malaria Day with an event in the House of Commons

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World Malaria Day 25th April 2013

In: Press Releases • April 21st, 2013

The All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group marked World Malaria Day with an event in the House of Commons

Amongst the many contributions the following people said:

Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chairman of the APPMG, said that “Malaria remains a leading cause of death amongst young children. It is preventable and curable. In spite of progress about half the world’s population still live in Malaria risk areas.”

“Global targets for reducing the Malaria burden will not be reached unless progress is accelerated in the highest risk countries. These countries are in a precarious situation and most of them need urgent financial assistance to procure and distribute life-saving tools and equipment.”
Dr Robert Newman, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.

Remarkable progress has been made in combating Malaria and other infectious diseases over the past decade. However, one of the key lessons other infectious disease control has shown is that when there is an opportunity to control the spread of disease, it must be taken. Therefore World Malaria Day 2013 is the time for the malaria community to regroup, re-energise and look ahead to “invest in the future: defeat malaria”.

“As a leading global agency working in Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases and child health, the Malaria Consortium can point to some impressive achievements in disease control, increased effectiveness of interventions and improved access to health services. However, on this World Malaria Day there are still many challenges facing Malaria control such as drug and insecticide resistance, access to good quality healthcare in the community and under investment in endemic countries. Solutions to these issues are achievable and by working together we can defeat malaria.”
Charles Nelson, Chief Executive, Malaria Consortium.

“With every World Malaria Day we edge closer to universal control and the ultimate eradication of Malaria.
“Since 2000, the Malaria landscape has changed considerably and malaria deaths have fallen by 35%, with long-term commitment from far-sighted supporters like UK DFID. More bed-nets, insecticides, diagnostics and ACTs are being used; and innovative, targeted antimalarials are being discovered, developed and delivered for under-served populations. But these gains are fragile. To win the war against Malaria, sustained funding is imperative. At Medicines for Malaria Venture we are committed to reducing to zero deaths from Malaria by our relentless research into new medicines for this deadly disease.”
Dr Tim Wells, Chief Scientific Officer, Medicines for Malaria Venture.

“Vaccines have a well-established record of controlling and eliminating infectious diseases in a variety of settings, yet are missing tools in the fight against Malaria. Despite the dramatic progress made over the past decade using the tools we have in hand, hundreds of thousands of young children still continue to die–particularly in Africa–and hundreds of millions of people still suffer world-wide. The prospects of prevailing over this parasite have never looked brighter, but the Malaria community needs every tool we can muster to get there. This will take continued political and financial support for Malaria programmes on the ground—and for research and development worldwide.”
Dr. David C. Kaslow, Director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

“Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria are transforming the way that antimalarial treatment can be targeted at those who actually have malaria, thereby reducing the inappropriate use of antimalarials. For them to fulfil their potential, it is essential that there is adequate and sustained financial support to ensure reliable supplies of tests and drugs, as well as the supportive interventions that are critical for their successful implementation including behaviour change communication, monitoring and evaluation, and the tools to manage those who have a negative test.”
Dr Shunmay Yeung, Deputy Director of the ACT Consortium, Senior Lecturer, LSHTM

Pauline Latham MP said “sustained progress must be maintained to eliminate Malaria . We have experienced past resurgences, Malaria could re-occur if efforts fail due to increasing resistance to drugs and insecticides. A shortfall in funding could seriously hamper progress in its control. It cannot be emphasised too strongly that with sustained international political and financial will malaria could be eliminated thereby giving millions a new healthy life.”

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Lefroy: Budget delivers UK Aid commitment

In: Press Releases • March 20th, 2013

  • Chancellor confirms in Budget Government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Overseas Development Aid (ODA) will be met in 2013/14. This is part of an international commitment first made 40 years ago.
  • The International Development budget is £8.8bn this year (2012/13) and will rise to around £11bn next year (2013/14) to meet this commitment.
  • To put that in perspective it is less than 1.5% of all Government spending; by comparison we spent £167 billion on welfare in 2011/12 (of which £74 billion was on state pensions); a further £30bn on Tax Credits and £12bn on Child Benefit.
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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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