Malaria represents one of the biggest success stories in recent times in terms of best value for money in public health. Millions of cases and deaths have been averted since 2000 through the scale-up of effective interventions.
Having said that, I am concerned that we have become complacent and expect progress to continue at the same levels of funding. Since 2013, the rate of progress has either slowed or stalled in many malaria-endemic countries. We have an opportunity to double down our efforts, and it is not just about increasing financing. It also means better and smarter ways to invest available resources. Closing gaps in coverage of the tools that we know work is absolutely critical, as is continued investment in the research and development of new tools.