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Malaria Elimination Possible With Proper Investments

Skoll World Forum: Raising Returns and Saving Lives: Malaria Control is Smart Business
Brian Brink, chair of the Private Sector Constituency for Health in the Southern African Development Community Region

“…There is no acceptable excuse for a high burden of malaria in any region — it is simply a case of insufficient investment and technical skills. Financial innovations and partnerships among private sector partners, donor governments, and civil society will make the disease’s defeat possible. The private sector’s geographic reach, efficient processes, and ability to react quickly makes it an ideal partner; and, without that partnership, malaria will be an ongoing obstacle for companies operating in emerging markets. Controlling malaria saves lives, improves productivity, and offers a sustainable return on investment for any business” (7/10).

The Guardian: Here’s how to wipe malaria off the map
James Whiting, executive director of Malaria No More U.K.

“…The global community has agreed to reduce deaths by 90 percent, and eliminate the disease in at least 35 countries by 2030. … To finish the job, we know the price tag and the returns. Experts estimate that the cost of achieving the 2030 malaria goals will be $100bn (£64bn) — that requires us to raise $6.5bn per year by 2020. It might sound like a high price tag but there’s a huge return: reaching the 2030 goals will mean more than 10 million lives saved, nearly three billion cases averted and the potential to unlock more than $4tn in additional economic output globally. This is truly one of the ‘best buys’ in global health…” (7/14).

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