The Obama administration plans to use an additional $200 million to expand its fight against malaria, expanding services to 70 million more people in Africa and accelerating a global effort to eradicate the disease.
The boost in funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative—which must be approved by Congress for fiscal 2017—would expand malaria prevention and control services to 332 million people in West and Central Africa, or 92% of those at risk there, officials said. The money would also be used to help two countries eliminate malaria: Zambia, where the national government and multiple international organizations have developed a strong program, and Cambodia, an epicenter of emerging resistance by malaria-carrying parasites to antimalarial drugs.
The new funding—$129 million of which the administration said would come from unspent Ebola emergency-response funds—would increase the initiative’s budget to $874 million in fiscal 2017. The initiative would use the funds to bring its services to three new countries—Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Cameroon—and to expand existing services in Burkina Faso, said a senior U.S. Agency for International Development official.
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