Opinion Pieces, Editorial Recognize World Malaria Day, Call For Greater Investment In Ending Disease

EurActiv: Stronger than a mosquito bite: How to win the fight against malaria
Valentina Barbagallo, policy and advocacy officer at ONE

“…By increasing resources to build more efficient and resilient health care systems as well as measures specifically tailored for malaria, we can achieve real progress against this entirely preventable and treatable disease. If world leaders take the right decisions in the months ahead, in the near future a mosquito bite will no longer be a potential death sentence, and every 25th of April we will be able to celebrate the success of a world without malaria deaths” (4/24).

Huffington Post: World Malaria Day: Supporting the World Health Organization’s Vision of a World Free of Malaria
Robert L. Quigley, regional medical director and senior vice president of medical assistance for the Americas region at International SOS

“…Companies must exercise Duty of Care and define their training procedures and policies toward malaria if they have employees operating in potentially disease-risk areas. Even a quick business trip can be a fatal one without appropriate measures in place. … As companies increase their international presence, they play a vital role in stopping the spread of malaria and must be aggressive in doing so. While huge gains have been made in recent years, there is still much to be done to eliminate the disease in its entirety…” (4/23).

The Lancet: Vaccines: a step change in malaria prevention?
Editorial Board

“…Even if the hopes and resources that have been devoted to development of [the experimental malaria vaccine] RTS,S and other vaccines are fully realized, malaria will remain a serious problem in countries across Africa, Asia, and South America. Based on the information now available it would be surprising if RTS,S were not to proceed to widespread deployment. The costs and challenges of such an exciting project will be great. However, in the hope that 2015 will be remembered as a turning point in malaria prevention, a vaccine rollout program deserves our full support” (4/25).

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