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Monday, 13 May 2013

Piebalgs : EU committed to fight against malaria

EU will continue the fight against malaria, European development commissioner Andris Piebalgs said on the occasion of the world malaria day, celebrated this year on April 25.
Apart from individual instruments, the European Commission contributes to the Global fund- an international financing institution, which brings  together governments, civil society, and the private sector to attract and distribute resources for the prevention and treatment of HIV and Aids, TB and malaria.
"Since its establishment in 2002, the global fund has supported more than 1000 programmes in 151 countries, providing 310 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to put over people's beds to prevent infections, " Piebalgs said.  
Deaths caused by malaria have fallen by 25 per cent since 2000. Currently, approximately 660,000 people die each year from malaria. Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes. Half of the world's population is at risk of being infected with malaria, most cases and deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: The Parliament

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