09 Jul The APPMG welcomes the publication of the National Audit Report
The APPMG welcomes the publication of the National Audit Report which has looked extensively at the work done by the Department of International Development (DFID) in the control of Malaria.
This is a very positive report which praised the well-informed and cost-effective choices DFID has made. It supports the sustained reduction of malaria, through its programmes to prevent, detect and treat the disease.
The NAO accepts DFID’s aim to contribute to halving malaria deaths in 10 countries by 2014-15. DFID’s spend on malaria control has increased from £138 million in 2009, to £252 million in 2011-12 and it is estimated that it will spend almost £500,000 per year by 2014-15.
One of the UK coalition Goverment’s first comittments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, was to raise the spend on Malaria control to £500,000 per year. This target is well on the way to being achieved said Jeremy Lefroy MP. However, he was disappointed to hear that although DFID is commited to increasing its budget funding, funding from global donors and other governments will only meet less than half the annnual spend required, according to the World Health Organisation ($5.1 billion).
Jeremy Lefroy welcomed NAO’s endorsement of DIFD’s approach and its work on malaria control. He noted that it is not easy to assess good value for money but he was delighted that the additional financial support for the Global Fund and UNITAID gave very good value for money.
The Department is going to become the third largest donor in malaria control expertise. Until developing countries improve and expand their own capacity in health control, DFID is able to provide in country training, resources and leadership, and does so.
Jeremy Lefroy agreed that DFID has a real grasp and understanding of the need for value for money. However, it is essential to have up to date information, to demonstrate that resources were being effectively used.
(In 2010, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria worldwide. Symptoms include fever, headache and vomiting. Left untreated, malaria can become severe, cause anaemia and make people more vulnerable to other life-threatening diseases. The World Health Organization estimated malaria to have caused 660,000 deaths in 2010, representing progress on the estimated 755,000 deaths in 2000, particularly since 2007. Malaria particularly affects low-income countries with weak public health systems, constraining their economic growth. Of all deaths, 80 per cent occur in just 14, mainly African, countries).