Monaco ups its anti-Malaria programmes

©S. Darrasse
©S. Darrasse

According to the World Health Organisation, one child still dies of malaria every two minutes, mainly in Africa. Faced with this, the Government of the Principality, through its Directorate of International Cooperation, is taking part in the fight against this pandemic by supporting research, prevention and care for the sick.

The Monegasque Cooperation supports the World Health Organisation in its drive to eliminate malaria in eight countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, Botswana, Comoros, Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe. Help is also being given to the WHO National Malaria Control Centre in Madagascar, built in particular thanks to the contribution of Monaco.

In research, the Directorate of International Cooperation supports the Medicines for Malaria Venture Foundation, which is working to develop a new anti-malarial drug, especially for children. The Monegasque Cooperation is also financing a study carried out by the University of Rome La Sapienza to improve the epidemiological surveillance system for malaria in Burkina Faso.

Although prevention and control measures led to a reduction in malaria mortality rates of more than 29 percent worldwide between 2010 and 2015, nearly 430,000 deaths still occur each year, and more than 300,000 children under the age of five are victims.

For more information see who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2017/event/en

 

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