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Opinion Pieces Recognize World Malaria Day, Call On Global Community To ‘End Malaria For Good’

Huffington Post: Prevention is Key to End Malaria For Good
Tedros Adhanom, minister and special adviser to the prime minister of Ethiopia, and WHO director general candidate

“…We must continue to invest in prevention tools in order to put all countries on the path toward [malaria] elimination. … The five principles outlined in [the Global Technical Strategy and Targets for Malaria 2016-2030] are what must guide our work forward — acceleration of efforts towards elimination; country ownership and leadership, with the involvement and participation of communities; improved surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; equity in access to health services; and innovation in tools and implementation approaches. Defeating malaria is absolutely critical to ending poverty, improving the health of millions and enabling future generations to reach their full potential. Today, and every day, let us recommit to ending malaria for good” (4/25).

Fox News: Jennifer Nettles: On World Malaria Day, no parent should watch their child die from a bug bite
Jennifer Nettles, country music artist and member of Hope Through Healing Hands’ Faith Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide

“…[The Trump administration’s] proposals for cuts to [U.S. foreign assistance], and how Congress responds, are deeply important. … [W]hat would happen if Congress allowed for cuts to funding for PMI and the Global Fund, both initiatives Republicans and Democrats alike have solidly supported in recent years? … We are a country dedicated to security, progress, and compassion. We lose these values among nations worldwide if we decide not to lead the world in funding and systematically enhancing programs to ‘end malaria for good’ as we have done for the last two administrations. Join me in calling your member of Congress today to encourage them to fully [support] funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” (4/25).

Devex: Opinion: Using innovation and technology to tackle malaria
Jamie Bay Nishi, director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, and Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)

“… If we are serious about ending malaria for good, we need a diverse arsenal of new tools, including new preventive measures, rapid, affordable diagnostic tools, better treatments, and an effective vaccine. But developing these tools requires strong, sustained investment, and right now, funding from donor governments is failing to match ambition and need. … Politicians in Europe and the U.S. need to know that investments in global health R&D deliver significant returns, both in lives saved and economic impact. … If, collectively, we can achieve these three steps — embrace innovation as key to the fight against malaria, understand the transformative impact of R&D investment, and act to mobilize resources and support for disease research — we will be closer to fulfilling the campaign message for World Malaria Day: ending malaria for good…” (4/25).

Huffington Post: What’s Missing From Our Mission To End Malaria?
Bernabe Yameogo, director of the Global Fund Unit; Magalie Nelson, health adviser; and Erika Silva, health adviser, all at Plan International Canada

“…In order to end the malaria epidemic in our lifetime, we must also strive to end gender inequality and advance women’s rights and status within communities. Despite progress made, women continue to pay a heavy tribute. … As we mark World Malaria Day, let’s amplify the voices and experiences of women and adolescent girls, too often on the frontlines of this disease, and responsible for bearing the burden of its life-threatening impact. … Together, we can create a world where not only the malaria epidemic is eradicated, but its roots in gender inequalities and discrimination too. The theme of World Malaria Day 2017 is End Malaria for Good. This is not an impossible goal, but to achieve it, women and girls must be a part of the solution” (4/25).

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