Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
26 April 2013 09:32
A minister has called on countries to increase funding to fight malaria which can be avoided with a simple mosquito net (illustrated)
Programmes to stop the spread of malaria are threatened by a lack of sustained funding, a government minister has said.
Countries need to commit more money to tackling the disease because progress made until now is in danger of being reversed because money being provided for anti-malaria projects is "levelling off", International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said.
Speaking on World Malaria Day, she said in Africa, the rate of deaths from the disease has fallen 33% over the past 10 years thanks to sustained attention to keeping funding levels up. Nevertheless, those travelling to the continent may want to check their
medical travel insurance is up to date.
Speaking during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms Featherstone said: "The progress made in tackling malaria across the developing world over the past decade has not only saved over a million lives, it has helped reduce the economic damage that malaria can wreak on countries trying to grow their way out of poverty.
"However, this progress is in danger. The international community needs to sustain its support to make sure the gains made over the past 10 years do not go to waste."
26 October 2016
People could be at a bigger risk of having high blood pressure if their home is close to a busy road, research has suggested.
25 October 2016
Almost 200 ill youngsters have been given the chance to enjoy a holiday of a lifetime thanks to the annual Dreamflight trip.
22 October 2016
A "perfect storm" of the falling value of the pound and security fears means holidaymakers are avoiding travel in Europe during October half-term.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.