By J Nastranis
NEW YORK (IDN) – "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages." This ambitious goal three enshrined in Agenda 2030 that vows to "leave no one behind" has made rather a modest advance – particularly in regard to combating malaria – as countries inch towards marking the first year anniversary of Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustained and sufficient funding for malaria control is a serious challenge, warns the World Malaria Report 2016. Despite a steep increase in global investment for malaria between 2000 and 2010, funding has since flat-lined. In 2015, malaria funding totalled US$ 2.9 billion, representing only 45% of the funding milestone for 2020 (US$ 6.4 billion).