This year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Zero Malaria Starts With Me,” re-energizes the fight to eliminate malaria, which, though preventable and treatable, still kills more than half a million people every year.
This year’s World Malaria Report delivered a sobering message to the global health community: confirmation that progress in the fight against malaria has stalled, with global malaria cases at around the same level as last year.
After years of historic progress, the battle against malaria is stalling. There were an estimated 219 million cases in 2017, up from 217 million the year before. That was the top finding of the World Malaria Report 2018, which was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, including the Global Fund, on 19 November.
Friends: Thank you for joining us, Dr Filler. We are now seeing countries fall into two categories, those making progress towards malaria elimination and those suffering setbacks in their disease response. Looking at these groups, what do you think has been a primary factor in determining which category they fall in?
Nigeria’s grant portfolio continues to provide plenty of drama.
The Global Fund Board has approved the transfer of € 2.6 million from within the 2014-2016 allocation to Burkina Faso. The funds are being transferred from a TB/HIV grant and an RSSH grant, where they were projected to remain unused, to a malaria grant (BFA-M-PADS) to cover a significant gap that has materialized in the malaria program. The Board was acting on a recommendation from its Grant Approvals Committee (GAC).
The problem of drug theft in Malawi is widespread and pervasive, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says. “Figuring out the cause is an ongoing collaborative effort between the Malawian authorities, the Global Fund, USAID and other significant donors.”
Working towards the elimination of malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) of Southeast Asia is the goal of the second phase of the Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI).
Tanzania has requested $703.4 million from the Global Fund for its HIV, TB and malaria programs as well as for building resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH). The country submitted an integrated TB/HIV funding request as well as a malaria/RSSH request, both on 23 May 2017. The TB/HIV funding request was for $426.3 million, of which $38.4 million was a prioritized above allocation request (PAAR).
Six African countries classified as challenging operating environments craft tailored funding requests to the Global Fund
Challenging operating environments (COEs) are countries or sub-regions of countries that the Global Fund characterizes as having weak governance, poor access to health services, manmade crises (such as conflict) or natural crises (such as famine).