UN chief, in Brussels, urges scaled-up investment in fight against malaria

Highlighting the critical importance of keeping investments in health high on the international development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged African decision-makers today to fund programmes for the eradication of malaria.

Global malaria fight needs greater resources to ensure success, UN officials stress

While financing has increased substantially and enabled great progress in the fight against malaria, much more is needed to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths a year from this disease, United Nations officials stressed today.

Progress in malaria fight despite less funding, UN reports

The number of people killed by malaria has been cut by nearly half in Africa and a slightly lower rate globally, but sustained funding is needed to lower the numbers even more, according to the United Nations health agency which today released its annual assessment report on the disease.

Multi-level strategy to fight malaria launched by UN development arm and partners

The United Nations and a coalition of partners today launched a comprehensive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which – despite tremendous advances – still kills an estimated 660,000 people each year and poses a major challenge to development.

With malaria breakthrough in sight, UN officials urge greater funding to finish the job

With the globally agreed target of reversing the incidence rate of malaria by 2015 now in sight, top United Nations officials today urged the international community to stay committed to protecting people from this preventable disease and to scale up key interventions such as the provision of insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

Ban tasks UN malaria envoy with boosting funds for health-related development goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has tasked Ray Chambers, who has served as his Special Envoy for Malaria since 2008, with promoting and securing greater investment to achieve the health-related targets within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Funding slowdown threatens to roll back progress made in combating malaria – UN report

A significant slowdown in global funding of anti-malaria campaigns threatens to roll back impressive gains made against the preventable mosquito-borne disease over the last decade, the United Nations health agency said today as it released its annual assessment report on the disease.

UN health agency warns of threat from rising anti-malarial drug resistance in Asia-Pacific region

Growing resistance to a key anti-malarial drug derived from a shrub used in traditional Chinese medicine is threatening to roll back gains made in combating the disease, a United Nations-backed health conference that concluded today in Sydney, Australia, has heard.

UN chief calls on countries to intensify efforts to combat malaria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on countries to intensify their efforts to combat malaria, stressing that despite remarkable progress in recent years, much more needs to be done to end the “monumental tragedy” of one child dying every minute from the disease.

UN envoy calls for collaborative approach to accelerate fight against malaria

An increase in collaboration and partnerships among donor and recipient countries must occur to boost efforts to prevent and treat malaria, a United Nations envoy stressed today, while also calling for an increase in funding to combat the deadly disease.