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World Bank Group Report on Malaria in Africa Highlights Progress Towards Goal of Significantly Reducing Malaria Deaths
Date:10/11/2007

"The progress over the past two years provides reason for optimism with 19 major Malaria Booster Projects across 18 countries in Africa and a total commitment of almost $500 million. However, as we enter the second phase of the Booster program, we must stay the course. Together with our private and public sector partners, we must continue to support countries in their quest for an Africa free of malaria".

The second phase of the Booster Program is set to run from July 2008 to 2015. The report says while gains have been made, much work remains. It says additional funding must be found, supply-chain and distribution constraints must be overcome, and more attention given to monitoring and evaluation to ensure results.

"Now is the time for Africa and its development partners to raise our collective ambition higher than ever before," said Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a coalition of countries and partners fighting malaria. "Over the next three to five years, we must ask ourselves whether or not we can free Africa from malaria's grip. Achieving rapid but sustained malaria control will take both a tremendous ability to lead and willingness by many different partners to collaborate and coordinate their efforts."

It is expected that as much as US$10 billion will be required over the next 3-5 years from all partners in support of a large-scale push across the African continent.

Background:

The World Bank is committing $500 million in grants and interest-free loans by the end of the first phase of the program in June 2008, while preparing a second phase to last from 2008-2015. Given the strong demand by countries, an increased financing target for the second phase is being defined over the next 4-5 months. Malaria business plans are being developed by the countries, in consultation with the Bank and other partners.

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