Global Fund to withdraw from malaria funding
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
With the Global Fund withdrawing its support to keep malaria at bay, Sri Lanka would have to fend for itself from next year onwards, Anti Malaria Campaign (AMC) Director Dr. Prasad Ranaweera said.
Ranaweera said yesterday, though having overcome malaria, the Global Fund continued to support the AMC to prevent and control a second happening. In 2019 it provided a total one million US dollars, while in 2020 and 2021 it provided US$ 750,000 each.
He noted that the future of the AMC looked somewhat bleak with the Global Fund withdrawing its support from 2022 to prevent the disease.
This year up to September, there was a total 15 cases. In October 2021 another two cases with Malaria were detected while a total four cases was detected during last month. In 2020 a total 30 cases were identified from amongst the returnees from malaria endemic countries.
A majority of imported cases have been from African countries where the Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium ovale were predominant.
Ranaweera said that of the 21 cases detected this year, 20 were from those who had visited African countries. Last year of the 30 cases, five had been from Africa, while others had been from those who had toured India where the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivaxis found.