LANCET COMMISSION REPORT: ERADICATING MALARIA IS AMBITIOUS BUT ACHIEVABLE
The Lancet Commission new report addresses a bold proposition: eradicating malaria within a generation is an ambitious goal, but it’s achievable as well as necessary.
Written by 26 of the world’s leading malaria experts, the Lancet Commission report is the first comprehensive academic document to propose solutions to the major operational, biological, and financial challenges on the path to malaria eradication. The document argues that we can -and should - end malaria within our generation, but in order to achieve this we need strengthened, accelerated and bold action. This translates into better implementation programmes, the development of new technology, and increased financing.
"Ridding the world of malaria is an ambitious but achievable goal, however one which will not be possible without increased financial investment, political leadership and action from malaria endemic and donor countries. We also need to invest in research and development for new tools to make a malaria-free world a reality." - James Whiting, CEO Malaria No More UK
Since 2000, the malaria community has achieved great progress reducing the burden of malaria by 60%, saving almost seven million lives, mainly young children. But in recent years, global efforts have slowed down and progress has stalled. Malaria is increasing for the first time in the highest burden countries, so we can’t sit back now. Crucial funding decisions will be made at the Global Fund Replenishment next month, which will determine the appetite of donor countries to pledge to fighting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, the top three preventable killer epidemics across the world.
While eradicating malaria is possible, the health community needs to step up the fight and ensure the right investment, technology and strategy are in place to achieve a malaria-free world within our generation.
The full report is available here: https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/malaria-eradication
ASH DYKES, MALARIA NO MORE UK'S SPECIAL AMBASSADOR, FINISHES WORLD RECORD TREK ACROSS CHINA
Ash Dykes is an adventurer and extreme athlete, holder of 3 world records, a malaria survivor and our Special Ambassador. When he was 25, the Welsh explorer became the first person to complete a gruelling 1,600-mile trek covering the length of Madagascar via its mountainous ridge. Half way through his adventure, Ash started to feel very weak. His temperature reached 40 degrees, he was delirious and suffering with diarrhoea. When he managed to reach the nearest hospital, he found out he had contracted the deadliest strain of malaria.
Ash was given treatment immediately and his recovery took almost a week. He then continued his record-setting walk, completing it on 15 February 2016. Ash’s strength and resilience took him on another epic challenge #MissionYangtze. This time in China. In August 2018 he embarked on his greatest expedition yet. Ash walked the length of the Yangtze’s river in China, a 4,000-mile trek.
China has lived a success story of malaria reduction. From an incidence of 24 million cases in the 70s, the nation has recorded zero indigenous cases of malaria since August 2016. China is now in the final stages of malaria elimination and will soon be eligible to apply for official WHO malaria-free certification.
In August 2019, Ash Dykes became the first person to walk the length of the river Yangtze solo, achieving his third world-first.
Malaria is a completely preventable and curable disease, but it still threatens half the world's population.
FEVER-TREE COMMITS £1 MILLION TO COMBAT MALARIA
We’re thrilled to announce a new phase of our partnership with Fever-Tree, the pioneering global premium mixer brand, based on our shared ambition to end malaria for good. Fever-Tree is committing to raise £1 million over the next three years to support us in the global fight against the world’s oldest and deadliest disease.
This partnership comes at a critical time in the malaria fight. The disease is making a comeback after years of victorious decline. The 2018 World Malaria Report showed an increase in cases for the first time in a decade, but we won’t let it go any further.
"I hope this partnership will inspire people around the world to join the fight, and one day we will be able to raise a gin and tonic to the global eradication of this disease." - Tm Warrillow, CEO, Fever-Tree
As part of this new commitment, Fever-Tree will donate 10p from the sale of every bottle of its 500ml Premium Indian Tonic Water in the UK. In addition, its award-winning social media campaign - Raise a Glass to Fight Malaria – which reached over 40 million people worldwide in 2018, raising £150,000, will be re-launched in April with the aim of bringing together even more consumers to raise their glasses with us to fight malaria.
Fever-Tree’s support and belief in Malaria No More UK to date has been nothing short of life changing. This new partnership gives us the wherewithal and the inspiration to do everything in our power to help deliver on our ambition to be the generation that ends the deadliest disease in history.
James Whiting, CEO, Malaria No More UK
Building on a fruitful relationship that began in 2013, Fever-Tree and Malaria No More UK have taken game-changing steps together, including in April 2018 helping inspire 53 leaders from across the Commonwealth to commit to halving malaria, with the potential to save 650,000 lives and avert 350 million cases of malaria by 2023.