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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, 2012

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.