Thursday, June 09, 2005

Malaria

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1502272,00.html

An all-party group of UK MPs says that $2bn-3bn a year is needed to make an impact in beating malaria - about the cost of two or three days of farm subsidies in the EU and US.

At present international funding for malaria control is only around $150 million per year.

Malaria kills up to 3 million people a year.

The Commission for Africa said that half the deaths of African children from malaria could be avoided if parents had access to nets and drugs that cost not much more than $1 (about 55p) a dose.

The World Bank estimates that malaria costs Africa $12bn a year in lost productivity.

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