New York: A special representative for a global framework against malaria revealed that a sum of $3.2 billion is needed to finance the fight against malaria by 2015 in Africa. The continent is the source of 90 percent malaria cases in the world.
“We need to find funding of $3.2 billion through 2015 to continue the fight in Africa, where 90 percent of malaria cases occur,” said Princess Astrid of Belgium, the special representative for the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, while speaking at a press conference in UN Headquarters.
“Every time I meet patients, my main message is always that malaria is preventable and treatable. But prevention and treatment require enormous efforts and funding,” she said.
The partnership is an international platform to create awareness and implement aggregate efforts against the disease.
The press conference was organised to mark the World Malaria Day, which is observed on April 25 annually across the world.