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Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

15. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in reducing the prevalence of malaria in developing countries. (193276)

The UK is part of the international effort committed to reducing the impact of malaria.

The increasing availability of improved medicines (artemisinin-based) worldwide and the increasing provision of insecticide-treated mosquito nets is helping to combat malaria. The combination of increased bednet use, indoor residual spraying and better access to drugs for treatment is helping to reduce the high levels of mortality—especially among children—in several countries.