New sights set on financing to eradicate malaria

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Denis and Wycliff Atieno, aged 6 and 5, live in Ulumbi, a Millennium Village near Sauri in Kenya that has benefited from the use of Olyset nets, the only WHO-approved long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). Photo: © UNICEF/PFPG2014-1178/Hallahan

Tremendous progress has been made in the past decades in the fight against malaria, and the new development agenda sets an opportunity to put an end to the disease.

That's according to UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who was speaking on Monday at a side-event on malaria financing during the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

Priscilla Lecomte reports.

The objective set by the World Health Organization and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership is to reduce malaria by 90 per cent by 2030. 

Mr Ban had this message for delegates.

"We have come far and achieved much over the last 15 years, but there is still much to do. I am confident that with your continued commitment, we will achieve our ultimate goal of a world free of malaria."

The UN Secretary-General highlighted the important role of partnerships in achieving these successes, citing the role played by the Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, Hailemariam Dessalegn.

At the event, Mr Ban also called for renewed commitment to replenish the Global Fund for Malaria. 

Priscilla Lecomte, United Nations. 

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