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UN calls for intensified efforts to reach goal of no more deaths from malaria

In Malaria on April 22, 2011 at 6:23 am

A migrant worker with fever getting
tested for malaria at a clinic in Thailand’s Chantaburi province

21 April 2011 – The world must dramatically step up its existing efforts to conquer malaria if it is to reach the goal of near zero deaths from the disease – which, despite being preventable and curable, currently kills almost 800,000 people every year – by 2015, the United Nations warns today.

Ahead of World Malaria Day, which is officially observed on Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the goal will not be met unless there is “an extraordinary intensification” in two key areas.

“First, scaling up the life-saving and cost-effective interventions that have already produced such dramatic results,” he said in a message marking the Day. “We need to ensure universal coverage for all people at risk.

“Second, providing timely testing for all persons suspected of having malaria, and effective treatment for those confirmed to have the disease.”

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