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Commonwealth Leaders Must Renew Commitment To Eliminate Malaria

The Guardian: We can turn the tide in the fight against malaria — but we must act now
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust

“…Progress [against malaria] has stalled and there is worrying and increasing evidence that we are losing the battle to eliminate the disease. … If we continue with the status quo, one thing is certain: the rise in malaria cases will gather pace and, once it does, it will become increasingly difficult and much more expensive to reverse that trend. But with concerted action, we can turn the tide. When Commonwealth leaders convene next week [at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London], many will arrive from countries where malaria remains one of the biggest threats to life. We urge them to renew their commitment to ending malaria, by committing funding, enacting control programs, and driving forward universal health coverage. If they do, then perhaps in 20 years’ time we will look back and say that 2018 was another turning point on the road to malaria elimination” (4/8).

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