The case for investment
Malaria control has a high economic return on investment. High prevalence of malaria is associated with a huge loss of disease-adjusted life years and decreased productivity and impacts heavily on foreign investments and other revenues such as tourism.
- Report of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (2001)
- We Can't Afford to Wait: the Business Case for Rapid Scale-up of Malaria Control in Africa (2008)
- Maintaining the Gains in Malaria Control: The Health and Economic Benefits of Sustaining Control Measures (2011)
Pregnant women and children are most vulnerable to malaria. This is why malaria control is a pre-requisite for achieving MDGs 4 and 5 on child and maternal health. Malaria interventions can effectively be used as vehicles for other maternal and child health interventions within integrated packages for child illness management. For example, bed nets and preventive treatments can be distributed through antenatal and child health clinics or through campaigns that include other interventions such as immunization or nutritional activities.
- Malaria, A Major Cause of Child Death and Poverty in Africa (2004)
- Maternal Health Task Force: Putting Malaria In Pregnancy Back Where it Belongs – on the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Platform (2012)
Malaria control has a direct effect on reducing mortality, morbidity and bed occupancy in hospitals and health centres, thus decreasing the burden on health systems and health care costs. Well planned malaria control programs also strengthen health systems by improving logistics capacity, epidemiological surveillance, accountability, monitoring and evaluation.
- Health Systems 20/20
- HDRC & DfID: Annotated Bibliography on Malaria and Health Systems Strengthening (2012)
For other development areas that have clear links to malaria investments, view Multisectoral approach on malaria library.