Today is World Malaria Day– Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, according to the World Health Organization. But there is still much more to be done. Malaria still kills an estimated 627,000 people every year, mostly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, more than 200 million cases occur; most of these cases are never tested or registered. Emerging drug and insecticide resistance threaten to reverse recent gains. If the world is to maintain and accelerate progress against malaria, in line with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, and to ensure attainment of MDGs 4 and 5, more funds are urgently required.
Better healthcare, including efforts made to reduce the impact of infectious and other chronic diseases such as malaria, is one of the possible priorities of MY World. If this is important to you, have your say and help formulate the post-2015 global development agenda.