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WHO welcomes UN Secretary-General's new envoy for malaria

14 February 2008

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan welcomes Ray Chambers in his new global role in malaria control. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Mr Chambers as his Special Envoy for Malaria.

"We are at a pivotal moment in the fight against malaria," said Dr Chan. "We now have the tools to stop malaria, including to quickly reduce child deaths. Ray Chambers has the passion, experience and commitment the world needs right now to secure the political will and the funds needed to profoundly reduce this threat."

WHO recommends three actions to fight malaria:

  • Protection: the distribution of free or highly-subsidized insecticide-treated bednets to every person who needs one;
  • Vector control: the use of controlled indoor residual spraying to reduce the mosquito vector; and
  • Treatment: the use of artemisinin combination therapy to treat malaria.

The challenge is to make these actions possible for all communities affected by malaria. The most recent estimates show that malaria kills about one African child every 30 seconds. However, in the last year alone, increased investment and action against malaria has markedly reduced child deaths in several African countries.

WHO welcomes the commitment of more and more governments, communities, health workers, donors, foundations, private and public organizations to the fight against malaria. WHO is committed to work as part of this growing team united against the disease.

For more information, please contact:

Christine McNab
Acting Director, Communications Department
WHO, Geneva
Tel.: + 41 22 791 46 88
Mobile: + 41 79 254 68 15