UN chief calls for intensified efforts to defeat malaria

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Efforts to combat malaria need to be intensified, says United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Malaria Day observed on 25 April.

Mr. Ban says $3.2 billion is still needed to achieve and maintain universal coverage in Africa up to 2015 and ultimately to defeat the disease.

He says under the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which involves the public and private sector, malaria control has emerged as the landmark example of what the world can achieve working together.

The Secretary-General points out that despite progress made in combating the disease, malaria continues to be a leading killer.

"The simple proven tools we are using to prevent and treat malaria are some of the most cost-effective health interventions of our time. When we combat malaria we not only save lives. We accelerate progress towards other Millennium Development Goals. We improve maternal and child health, reduce school absenteeism and fight poverty. It is time to finish the job."

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