Examining Sri Lanka’s Malaria Response

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, highlights efforts against malaria in Sri Lanka. She notes a renewed national focus on the disease through the Ministry of Health’s Anti-Malaria Campaign as well as “the arrival of support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.” Writing about progress against the disease in the country, she states, “This success is even more impressive given that a nearly three-decades-long civil war continued to rage.” However, she writes, “Sri Lanka knows all too well that even brief interruptions in malaria programs can lead to rapid and dramatic resurgence.” She adds, “A successful Global Fund replenishment this fall — a time when the organization invites donors to invest in fighting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS worldwide — will help more communities and countries make and sustain these kinds of gains in health” (8/11).