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In Recognition Of World Malaria Day, Opinion Pieces Discuss Progress, Challenges Of Malaria Elimination

Huffington Post: Ending Malaria For Good
Tedros Adhanom, minister of foreign affairs and former minister of health for Ethiopia

“…Defeating malaria is absolutely critical to ending poverty, improving the health of millions, and enabling future generations to reach their full potential. … We must continue to expand partnerships across borders to secure the financial and technical resources we need to make and sustain progress…” (4/25).

Huffington Post: U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria: Now is Our Moment to End Malaria
Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health in Agenda 2030 and for malaria

“…The last 15 years have shown us that only when we double down on efforts and move collectively toward clear, time-bound goals can we prevail over [malaria,] this age-old scourge. It is this formula that has catalyzed our progress to date and will be instrumental in propelling us forward. … On this World Malaria Day, … [t]he end of malaria is within our grasp. Now it is our collective obligation to meet the call…” (4/25).

Project Syndicate: Malaria’s Deadly Comeback
Thierry Diagana, head of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Disease in Singapore, and Nick White, professor of tropical medicine at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok

“…We may be winning many battles against malaria, but familiar warning signs indicate we could lose the war. The spread of artemisinin resistance in Asia today threatens the lives of children in Africa tomorrow. That’s why we need effective action to prevent the spread of artemisinin resistance, including urgent investments in the next generation of antimalarial treatments…” (4/25).

The Lancet: Malaria: can we mention the e-word yet?
Zoë Mullan, editor of The Lancet Global Health

“…The concept of Florida and Texas remaining malarious, at some low level, in the 21st century is inconceivable. Why should sub-Saharan Africa be denied the ambition of being malaria-free? [At the annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health in San Francisco earlier this month, the director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, Pedro Alonso] was clear: we’re not planning eradication at this stage, but, by 2030, it is something we should be very serious about contemplating once again” (4/24).

Huffington Post: Winning the Malaria Fight
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania

“…Eliminating malaria on the African continent is no longer an impossible dream. It will take strong and focused leadership, but I believe we can be the generation that makes history and frees Africa from malaria once and for all” (4/24).

Project Syndicate: Opening up Malaria Research
Patrick Vallance, president of research and development at GlaxoSmithKline, and Tim Wells, chief scientific officer at the Medicines for Malaria Venture

“…With the establishment of a strong, collaborative research community and the increasingly free flow of knowledge, we are now better placed than ever to step up our efforts [against malaria], and to encourage others to follow suit. In an area where commercial gains are limited, but the potential for vastly improving the health and economies of entire countries is enormous, scientists must continue to break down silos and collaborate for the global good” (4/25).

Devex: We can beat malaria if we move faster
Egon Weinmueller, vice president for global public health at BASF and chair of the vector control team at CropLife International

“…If we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending malaria epidemics by 2030, we need to develop a more streamlined approach to getting [new insecticide] products approved and providing normative guidance. The countries affected need to know what to do when they detect resistance, and when and how to implement innovative products. … Elimination of malaria is possible, but only if we tackle resistance faster” (4/25).

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