We are at a critical moment in the fight against malaria: Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).

We are now at a critical moment in the fight against malaria, Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said in remarks at an event on Malaria and the Development Agenda in Yokohama, Japan.

He said "financial gaps threaten the progress. This is the time to make the most of our investments".

According to Secretary-General Ban, Roll Back Malaria has proven the power of partnerships to produce sustainable results, adding that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has demonstrated how predictable and strong support ensures progress.

"Malaria is a human tragedy that robs families of their children and devastates communities. It also takes a toll on national economies. For all these reasons, malaria must remain high on the global agenda in this final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals – and as look ahead to a post-2015 framework. The economic argument is quite clear, if we invest $1 on responding to malaria we can have $40 in return for domestic growth or domestic product."

Secretary-General Ban says success against this preventable and treatable disease will require both domestic ownership and effective aid.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'21"

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