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US $750 Million For Malaria Fight

Original Article - New Vision (Kampala)

DATELINE: April 27, 2000

Kampala - Donors have pledged a total of US $750 Million to fight against malaria, a disease that kills one million people in Africa every year, reports Charles Wendo.

The pledge was made during a malaria summit for African heads of state in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health. The African leaders, who attended the summit, signed a declaration to reduce malaria deaths by half every year. The Minister of Health, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, signed on behalf of President Museveni.

Leaders from across the continent signed the Abuja Declaration and Action Plan pledging action to ease access to malaria treatment and prevention.

They included 13 heads of state and dozens of deputy heads of state or ministers.

The leaders appealed to donors to cancel the debts of African countries in order to release resources for malaria control.

They asked the donors to commit an additional US $1 Billion towards controlling malaria and invest more resources towards vaccine development. They agreed to observe May 25 every year as World Malaria Day.

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