Public health experts in Britain have said that The World Bank did not aid the fight against malaria, and failed miserably to keep up the promised sum of $500 million to combat malaria. In addition, the bank is said to have manipulated data, with no adequate infrastructure and resources in hand to see an initiative of such a magnitude, reach completion. It is also believed that medicines used for the program were ineffective in meeting the desired purpose.
The World Bank has responded saying that its malaria programs were understaffed and underfinanced, but did not agree to the implication of resorting to false statistics or paying for redundant medicines. The bank also confirmed that the program to fight malaria had been revived and rejuvenated in the past year.
Suprotik Basu, a public health specialist in the bank's malaria program said,"The story captures a lot of the bank's shortcomings from a year ago. But now we've had a year of progress."