PRETORIA, The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant has been extended for a further three years, which means it will now run until December 2022.

The grant is aimed at eliminating cross border malaria in the three MOSASWA [Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini] countries. MOSASWA is a trilateral agreement between the Mozambique, South African and Eswatini governments, to control and eliminate malaria in the region. The initial grant was awarded in 2017.

Head of Grant Management at The Global Fund, Mark Eldon-Edinton said with efforts must be heightened at the elimination of malaria.

Funding for malaria hasn’t decreased and with good planning at the country and regional level, more money will avail itself. We cannot control malaria. It’s expensive. We need to eliminate it. The virus constantly mutates.

In South Africa, the national department of health urges individuals travelling to known malaria areas to take an effective malaria prophylaxis.

Malaria is both preventable and curable, but if not diagnosed and treated early it can also be fatal.

Source: African News Agency