11 December 2013, Antwerp, BELGIUM : - At a meeting jointly organized by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, manufacturers and implementers of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), used to diagnose malaria at the point of care, agreed on a set of required features for RDTs in an effort to improve use and boost the scale up of malaria testing.
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World Malaria Report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria, calls for sustained financing
11 December 2013: - Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the World malaria report 2013 published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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World Malaria Report 2013
4 December 2013: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes the pledges announced at the fourth replenishment conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria held in Washington on December 3. The financing mechanism has received new commitments of USD 12 billion for the next three years, providing substantive funding beyond the 2015 MDG deadline. "The Global Fund is one of the main pillars of the international development architecture," said Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, " We must all take collective responsibility to do what it takes to defeat malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS." The commitments made in the US capital represent a 30 percent increase over the pledges secured at the third replenishment of the Global Fund in 2010. The financing gap for the 2014-16 period is estimated at USD 26 billion. Approximately 95 percent of financial support to the Global Fund has come from donor governments; the remaining 5 percent from private foundations, corporate donors and individuals.
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