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The G8 Gleneagles Summit: Doubling Aid to Africa

At the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, leaders focused on Africa and climate change. They agreed to double aid to Africa and to eliminate outstanding debts of the poorest countries. As outlined in the Gleneagles communiqué the G8 nations will together increase aid to developing countries by around $50 billion a year by 2010. Of this, at least $25 billion will go to Africa.

The G8 leaders also promised increased support for African peacekeeping forces to help to deter, prevent and resolve conflicts in Africa, and pledged additional investment in education and the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other killer diseases.

Malaria in the spotlight
Core Summit Documents
G8 in the news
Related G8 Links

Crucially, G8 leaders took an important step to scale-up anti-malaria initiatives:

"Working with African countries to scale up action against malaria to reach 85% of the vulnerable populations with the key interventions that will save 600,000 children's lives a year by 2015 and reduce the drag on African economies from this preventable and treatable disease. By contributing to the additional $1.5bn a year needed annually to help ensure access to anti-malaria insecticide-treated mosquito nets, adequate and sustainable supplies of Combination Therapies including Artemisin, presumptive treatment for pregnant women and babies, household residual spraying and the capacity in African health services to effectively use them, we can reduce the burden of malaria as a major killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa."
(from Gleneagles Communiqué)

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Malaria in the spotlight

MDG Report 2005

Task Force on Malaria

Coming to Grips with Malaria in the New Millennium
presents an innovative strategic framework for relieving the burden that malaria imposes on society through the implementation of tried and tested anti-malarial interventions designed to improve health nationally and to promote economic development locally.

Fact Sheet Fact sheet on global burden of malaria PDF
Task Force Findings The key findings of Malaria Task Force
Related articles 01 May 2003 | The Lancet
"Scaling-up coverage with insecticide-treated nets against malaria in Africa: who should pay?"
  13 January 2005 | The New England Journal of Medecine
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals — The Case of Malaria

Core Summit Documents

6-8 July 2005 | Gleneagles 2005
Chairman's Summary
6-8 July 2005 | Gleneagles 2005
Statement on Africa (Africa: A Historic Opportunity)
Related articles
Sea Island, 10 June 2004
Evian, 3 June 2003
Kananaskis, 27 June 2002

G8 in the news

25 June | New York Times
“Four Easy Pieces” (by Jeffrey D. Sachs) PDF
20 June 2005 | The Jakarta Post
"To save millions, G8 must invest in proven tools to fight disease"
19 June 2005 | Indianapolis Star
"Putting the weight on us for G-8"

19 June 2005 | New York Times
"Trade and Aid to Poorest Seen as Crucial on Agenda for Richest Nations"

Related G8 Links

Africa Union Summit
Commission for Africa
Make Poverty History
Live 8
Global Call to Action Against Poverty
Make Poverty History (United Kingdom)
Weltweite Aktion gegen Armut (Germany)
Hottekenai Sekai no Mazushisa (Japan)
Make Poverty History (Canada)
2005 plus d'excuses (France)
The One Campaign (United States)

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