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Ending Malaria Requires Coordinated, Sustained Efforts, Partnerships

Huffington Post: Accelerating the Elimination of Malaria in Southern Africa
Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and Richard Kamwi, Elimination 8 ambassador and former minister of health of Namibia

“…[A]s we chart a course to save more lives and eliminate [malaria], our response needs to stretch across national boundaries in order to reach people at risk of malaria with the most effective prevention and treatment strategies. … [C]ross-border and coordinated regional efforts can be a game-changer in the fight against malaria. Aligning policies and strengthening regional surveillance, analysis, and diagnostics will spur progress towards elimination. … The Elimination 8 effort is an example of how a regional collaboration can accelerate progress towards a malaria-free world within a generation. … [T]hrough committed, regional partnerships, the world has an opportunity to end a disease that slows human development and prosperity. These coordinated efforts require sustainable investment in order to maintain the gains” (11/17).

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