Are the necessary tools to fight malaria being used enough?
Nowadays, there are new effective drugs, easy-to-use tests and preventative tools that together can dramatically reduce the number of people dying from malaria. Despite this, many of these tools remain unavailable or inaccessible to many people in malaria-prone countries. Costs associated with seeking help are a major barrier to accessing healthcare. MSF’s experience in countries like Mali and Sierra Leone has shown that free access to healthcare, including necessary diagnostic tools and treatment, can lead to a three-fold increase in the number of patients being effectively treated for malaria. Most importantly, it can also lead to a significant reduction in deaths. What are the current sources of funds spent on malaria? This year, major donors will decide how much they will allocate to the Global Fund, a pool of money from donor countries aimed at fighting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The decision will determine the extent to which the tools to fight malaria can be scaled up i