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Malaria, Other Infectious Disease Threats Can Be Eradicated With Investment From Global Community

Devex: Remarkable progress, but long way to go to beating infectious diseases
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), member of the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and founder of the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

“…[T]reatment and eradication of deadly contagious diseases [is] a shared responsibility and a global priority. It takes strong leadership — from local governments where outbreaks are a constant threat, to international coalitions working together — to fund, implement, and track progress. It also takes strong leadership in the U.S. Congress because it is our responsibility to ensure U.S. foreign aid efforts are efficient and effective, and build long-term stability for families around the world. … One example of success in this area is our effort to combat malaria. … We are close to finally winning this battle. … However, we still have a long way to go. It bears repeating: 17,000 children still die every day mainly from preventable diseases. We must work together, as a part of the global community, to ensure that no child should suffer and die from malaria, or any, preventable and curable disease” (5/29).

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