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Fighting malaria

Strengthening of the flagship programme Fighting malaria. Malaria is the leading cause of mortality in Africa, and has an enormous impact on children (one death every two minutes). Three priority countries for Monaco’s international development policy, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, account for 18% of malaria deaths worldwide.

  • Participation in major WHO and Roll Back Malaria initiatives
  • 8 African countries supported in Southern Africa and forthcoming investment in 9 West African countries
  • 1 national malaria control centre built, equipped and operating (Madagascar)
  • 8 Southern African countries (Madagascar, South Africa, Botswana, Comoros, Namibia, Swaziland, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe) have improved preparation, response and planning capacities for malaria control and have conducted cross-border operations
  • In Burkina Faso, where malaria is the primary cause of infant mortality, support for current research to strengthen the surveillance system for acute malaria in children
  • Support for research into malaria drugs, particularly those for children

Main challenges: the resurgence of malaria in some countries and stagnation in the number of cases, a reduction in international funding, structural weaknesses in healthcare systems, the threat of resistance to the drugs and insecticides used, the challenge of universal access to malaria treatments, supply management in countries (stock-outs of antimalarials during malaria outbreaks), weak national capacities in operational research, the impact of El Nino in the Pacific region (changes in weather conditions leading to precipitation which helps malaria to proliferate)…

Main partners: WHO, national malaria control programmes in West and Southern Africa, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Sapienza University in Italy.