Mutharika in game-changing commitment on malaria fight in Malawi

Many people around the world die of malaria

Many people around the world die of malaria

Experts gathering at the Malaria World Summit in London are urging world leaders to dedicate more efforts and resources to combat the parasite, which is responsible for almost half-a-million deaths - mostly young children and infants - each year.

She will say: "Across the Commonwealth, tens of millions of young people - usually but not always girls - are denied the education that would allow them to get on in life".

The malaria summit was created to coincide with a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this week.

Commonwealth and its citizens account for one-third of the world's population, but more than half of all malaria cases and deaths globally.

It said: "The call for leaders to be "Ready to Beat Malaria at the Malaria Summit" is expected to profile significant commitments from governments, businesses and philanthropists ready to catalyse progress towards a goal of halving malaria".

The organisations say in a news release that in 2016, for the first time in a decade, "the number of malaria cases in the world was on the rise and in some areas there is a resurgence".

The statement said the new commitments focuses on three important areas to accelerate the fight against resurgence of the disease.

The groups organising the summit are Malaria No More UK, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the global campaign, Malaria Must Die.

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The British Prime Minister, Theresa May on Tuesday, committed to contributing 100 million pounds to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria - which the private sector will match - to fund 26 million mosquito nets and ensure five million households are reached with indoor spraying. As part of this, the United Kingdom announced a further £100 million match fund commitment to the Global Fund to match new contributions from private donors pound for pound.

Five crop protection companies, BASF, Bayer, Mitsui Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical Company & Syngenta, will launch ZERO by 40, a joint initiative supported by IVCC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to accelerate development of innovative vector control tools and extend their commitments to help end malaria for good.

It comes ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Since 2000, extraordinary progress has been made in the fight against malaria, with sharp reductions in malaria cases and deaths. "We must take a decisive leap forward or we risk going backwards and we have seen that already happening in a number of countries", he told the Guardian. The CHOGM summit is held every two years. One team presented World Health Organization (WHO) data showing that, as global malaria deaths dropped sharply over the past 6 years, infections and deaths surged in many areas experiencing armed conflict, including Nigeria, Ivory Coast, South Sudan, and Central African Republic.

According to a United Kingdom government statement yesterday, malaria is a key issue for Commonwealth countries, of which 90% of citizens live in affected countries.

"We aren't completely there on this better surveillance, but we are making progress".

Gates said that around seven million lives had been saved and several countries had been declared malaria-free.

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