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    More than seven million lives have been saved from malaria in the past two decades.

    But progress in fighting the disease has been hindered as efforts are diverted to coronavirus

    The World Health Organization expects the target for reducing malaria to be significantly missed this year

    Funding shortfalls are putting thousands of lives at risk.

    Only $3bn was received last year when more than $5bn was needed.

    The W.H.O. is urging nations to step up their efforts for a world free of malaria.

    What has the pandemic done to the decades long efforts to control these diseases?

    Presenter: Bernard Smith


    Jeremy Herren, scientist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

    Dr. Martin De Smet, physician and leader of the Doctors Without Borders Malaria Working Group.

    John Fleming, Asia Pacific Head of the Regional Health Unit at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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