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Will Canada Gamble on Malaria Treatment?

by Oxfam | May 3, 2012

This post was written by Mark Fried and originally published in Huffington Post on April 27, 2012Opens a new window

Wednesday, April 25 was World Malaria Day, and there is news about a disease that afflicts 225 million people and killed about 650,000 in 2010.

First the good tidings: In the last decade, deaths from malaria have been cut by one third in Africa and the number of at-risk people contracting the disease globally has fallen by 17 per cent.

The worrying news is rumours of an about-face in Canadian policy that would divert millions in scarce aid money to a risky experiment, while proven strategies go unfunded.

Canada would be wise to listen to its allies and partners, and stick to financing malaria-control programs that work.

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