"Giant and coordinated" efforts needed to fight malaria

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Princess Astrid of Belgium

An estimated $3.2 billion is needed to fight malaria in Africa, over the next three years said Princess Astrid of Belgium.

The Princess, who is Special Representative to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, spoke to the press in New York ahead of World Malaria Day observed on 25 April.

The Partnership includes malaria endemic countries, development partners, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, foundations, research and academic institutions and various agencies.

Princess Astrid identified what she said are two big challenges in the global efforts against malaria.

"First we need to find funding of $3.2 billion through 2015 to continue the fight in Africa where 90 per cent of malaria cases occur and second, there is a growing resistance to the anti-malaria drugs in South-East Asia. To overcome these challenges we must intensify our giant and coordinated efforts." (Duration: 28")

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