Global fund to offer inexpensive malaria treatments in Africa

A new drive to help Africans in seven countries purchase cheap antimalarial medication was recently launched in Kenya.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is supporting the project, known as the Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria, that will allow Kenyans to purchase artemisinin-based combination therapies for less than $1 per course, according to

"The AMFm is a game-changer in financing access to malaria treatments," Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, the initiative's leader at the Global Fund, said, reports.

During the initiative's first phase, the AMFm will cover Ghana, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. A United Nations report said that Cambodia has also been added to the AMFm.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently called on countries to intensify their efforts to fight the mosquito-borne illness. He stressed that, despite remarkable progress in recent years, much more needed to be done.

"More children are sleeping safely under nets, more families are gathering in rooms protected from mosquitoes, more communities have access to testing, and more patients get the medicines they need to recover," Ban said, reports.

Ban called on U.N. members to help close a $3.2 billion funding gap in order to achieve universal coverage in Africa by 2015.