Admirable and virtuous charity organisation, The World Bank, seems to have been caught telling fibs about malaria in Africa and India.
The Lancet carry an international report claiming that the WB (no, not the channel that shows Smallville) have published fake figures and have squandered millions on useless medicines. It also alleges that the WB have welched on a pledge to commit $300-$500 million in Africa. The Bank says this is poppycock and are investing one beelleeon dollars over the next few years.
It seems likely that the Bank have at least massaged figures from India. The Lancet quote the bank, which claims it reduced deaths from malaria in Gujarat by 58%, Rajasthan by 79% and Maharashtra by a whopping 98%. That’s almost all malaria deaths prevented in one state!
Comparing this to the Indian Directorate of Nation Vector-Borne Disease Control’s statistics, the number of deaths from malaria went up in all three states.
The World Bank is also accused of giving chloroquine costing $1.8m to India, which is not appropriate for the majority of malaria in the country and disagrees with WHO recommendations.
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