African leaders play increasing role in fighting malaria: UN envoy

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Insecticide-treated bed nets are crucial in the fight against malaria

Financial contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have played a critical role in reducing the number of deaths from malaria.

That view was expressed by Ray Chambers, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Malaria and for Financing of the Health-related Millennium Development Goals.

He spoke reporters on Thursday following the release of a report which  shows that malaria mortality rates in Africa have been reduced by 49 per cent.

Mr. Chambers said it is good news that the number of children under five dying from malaria has been reduced from close to a million a year about ten years ago to less than half a million today.

"The endemic African countries and their leaders have really stepped up and in the replenishment of the global Fund earlier this month we have had an unprecedented amount of financial contributions from the African and other developing countries, and with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), which comprises 49 heads of state in Africa we are seeing the African leaders beginning to take the majority of responsibility for ending this disease." (31")

Mr. Chambers said the future is looking bright with about 200 million mosquito nets expected to be in use in Africa in the next two years to further reduce malaria cases.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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