Health – World Malaria Day (April 25, 2016)

On the occasion of World Malaria Day, France reiterates its dedication to eradicate this disease.

Worldwide, malaria is on the decline. Remarkable progress has been made, particularly in Africa, where we have seen a 54% drop in the mortality rate since the last decade. But considerable challenges remain, including resistance to certain antimalarial drugs and the impact of climate disruption, which could foster the spread or resurgence of the disease in certain areas.

Accounting for 16 % of global efforts, France is the world’s second-largest contributor to the fight against malaria, through multilateral contributions and bilateral action. We are working with the Global Fund to prevent and treat pandemics and strengthen healthcare systems. We are working to speed up the marketing of innovative products through UNITAID programs (rapid diagnostic testing, treatment of severe malaria, seasonal chemoprophylaxis). France also supports research, particularly work by the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and the Pasteur Institute.

Learn more about France’s international health policy.