Malaria treatments should not be taxed

Health advocates for the campaign against malaria are calling for the elimination of taxes and tariffs on medicines, bednets and other products that are used to fight the deadly disease.

no tax on mosquito products

no tax on mosquito products

They say to win the fight against malaria and reduce the death rate to zero by 2015, the cost of these products must go down and delivery must speed up.

The Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck says that taxes and tariffs make the products too expensive.

“It is medication and particularly the AZTs but also diagnostic tests, insecticide-treated nets, insecticides but also pumps for indoor residual spraying. These are the tools we have today and if they are at a price which is very high, the population who need them will not have access to them.”

So far only Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania and Uganda and Papua New Guinea have removed all tariffs on commodities recommended by the World Health Organization as essential to effective malaria control.

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