Malaria is endemic to the poorest countries in the world, causing over a million deaths and up to 500 million clinical cases each year. About 90% of the deaths occur in Africa; most are children aged less than five years. The financial need for malaria control has been estimated at about US$3 billion per year. The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) global partnership was founded in 1998 by WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, and UNDP, with the objective of halving the malaria burden worldwide by the year 2010. This goal will be achieved by scaling up a set of core interventions, including rapid effective treatment at the community level, controlling the malaria vector (the mosquito) through the use of insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor-residual spraying (where appropriate), prevention of malaria during pregnancy, and epidemic preparedness and response. RBM has now shifted its focus to the facilitation of partner's efforts to support the implementation of RBM strategies on a national scale in endemic countries. RBM is funded in part by the Development Grant Facility.
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Olusoji O. Adeyi
The World Bank
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