U.K. sees significant decrease in global malaria deaths
This rapid decrease in malaria death rates is an example of a public health success story. The U.K.’s role has extended through British business, government aid, NGOs and famous research institutions.
The nation has been one of the top supporters in eliminating malaria. By donating funds to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the nation has helped to distribute approximately 548 million nets treated with insecticides to families who are at-risk for contracting malaria.
U.K. has also been supportive of countries improving their health systems in order to better respond against malaria and provide people with protection from a variety of disease threats. The U.K. has offered financing to provide better tools in treating, diagnosing and protection people against malaria, which has helped to reduce the cost of these tools for local health systems.
In addition, the U.K. is assisting in tracking the disease, which allows healthcare workers to focus on specific regions that are more at risk for the illness. With tracking, the health officials can also rapidly identify similar infectious disease outbreaks.
Malaria is both a cause and effect of poverty, as it costs Africa approximately $12 billion at minimum each year in productivity that is lost. It also takes 40 percent of the continent’s public health expenditure.