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It said: "The call for leaders to be "Ready to Beat Malaria at the Malaria Summit" is expected to profile significant commitments from governments, businesses and philanthropists ready to catalyse progress towards a goal of halving malaria".

Also, Uganda committed to establish a malaria fund to mobilize $785 million by 2020 to speed up its progress against the disease, according to a press release from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

It stated: "In 2016, for the first time in a decade, the number of malaria cases in the world was on the rise and in some areas there is a resurgence according to the World Health Organisation".

The Global Fund is increasingly using co-financing mechanisms to ensure that donor contributions to fight malaria are matched by domestic investment. Climate change and conflict can also exacerbate malaria outbreaks.

The statement said the new commitments focuses on three important areas to accelerate the fight against resurgence of the disease.

The UK Government has re-affirmed its commitment to spend £500 million a year on malaria through to 2020-21.

The funds will be used to match 100 million pounds pledged by the British government earlier this week to support "priority countries with mosquito nets, indoor sprays, and the strengthening of health systems". The UK also announced a new malaria programme in Nigeria worth £50 million which will run until 2024 and £9.2 million of new research funds to develop new triple artemisinin combination treatments. He said improved surveillance was vital to monitor mosquitoes and the parasites they carry.

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"The malaria campaign has seen a dramatic success in the last 10-15 years both in India and globally", said Whiting, adding that there has been a fall of 60 per cent in global malaria deaths since 2000 saving almost seven million lives. "We must take a decisive leap forward or we risk going backwards and we have seen that already happening in a number of countries", he told the Guardian.

"But the job is not yet done". The CHOGM summit is held every two years. "And we, as a Commonwealth, have a particular duty to tackle it".

More than 445,000 people died from malaria in 2016, mostly children under five and pregnant women while one child dies every two minutes from the disease. Penny Mordaunt, the UK's global development secretary, said, "We know malaria still causes one out of ten child deaths in Africa and costs economies billions every year". The commitments made today, from the United Kingdom, country leadership and the private sector, show that the world is ready to beat malaria.

Gates said that around seven million lives had been saved and several countries had been declared malaria-free. During the event, donors announced new funding for research and development, and countries that are part of the group were urged to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023.

"We can not, in good conscience, talk about the young people of the world, about securing a legacy for our children and grandchildren, without tackling a disease that, worldwide, kills one of them every two minutes", she will say.

If recognized and treated properly, malaria is a curable disease. It's now time for the rest of the world to do the same.


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