Reducing the cost of fighting malaria through faith-based outreach | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian ProfessionalPosted: July 5, 2013
The Department for International Development will soon become the third-largest provider of malaria support, behind only the USA and the Global Fund, according to the National Audit Office’s report. It’s a matter of some pride to those who want to see the UK maintain its commitment to the world’s poorest despite strains on finances at home. The UK will invest another £494m on tackling this deadly but preventable disease in 2014/15. The number of deaths from malaria has already dropped from 755,000 in 2000 to an estimated 600,000 per year in 2010 – so progress can be made.
But the report makes the point that it can cost anywhere between $8 (£5) and $110 (£73) for each year of every life that is gained from the effective use of a bednet. That huge disparity is due to the unreliability of bednet distribution to the people who need them, and the likelihood of the net being used once a family owns it.