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House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Judd Lord Judd Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of global progress towards the eradication of malaria.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The UK Government's assessment of progress is that over the decade 2000 to 2010 there was a significant scaling up of malaria interventions, both from national governments and from donors, and these have contributed to a 33% reduction in malaria mortality in Africa. However, in 2010, there were still at least 655,000 global deaths due to malaria.

Our assessment is that this progress remains uneven and fragile, and that we must increase our efforts to sustain and make further progress on these gains. This is why the UK Government are committed to increasing the resources we provide for global malaria control in the period 2010 to 2015.

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