Health – World Malaria Day (April 25)
While the incidence rate of Malaria had decreased by 18% during the period 2010-2017, progress in the fight against malaria has stalled in the previous three years, with the number of cases per 1000 population remaining at 59. Almost 435,000 people still die of malaria every year, more than 90% of whom on the African continent. Cases are concentrated in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria with 25% of cases and the DRC with 11% of cases.
In the face of this challenge, and in accordance with its commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, France reaffirms its determination to combat malaria.
• In Lyon on October 10, 2019, it will host the Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and is mobilizing its public and private partners for the 2020-2022 budget cycle, with the aim of raising $14 billion.
France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has allocated more than $11.4 billion to malaria control programs in around 100 countries since 2002. In 2017, the Global Fund notably distributed 197 million insecticide-treated nets and treated 108 million cases.
• France is a founding member of and the largest donor to UNITAID, whose malaria grant portfolio will reach $400 million in 2020. UNITAID’s efforts notably include preventative treatment, vaccines, protection against the vectors of the disease and the improvement of diagnosis and treatment.
• France also contributes to the Global Fund through the 5% Initiative to strengthen the capacities of French-speaking countries, and has committed more than €3.5 million since 2011 through technical assistance missions, long-term projects and the funding of operational research programs. The French Development Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, civil society and research also contribute to our country’s mobilization.
France is hosting the Roll Back Malaria event today in Paris – a global partnership to combat malaria bringing government officials and civil society together.