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Opinion Pieces Mark World Malaria Day, Say Efforts Must Continue To End Disease

The Hill: Imagining no malaria
Thomas J. Bickerton, a bishop with the United Methodist Church, and Gary Henderson, executive director of Global Health Initiatives for United Methodist Communications

“…[Wednesday, on] behalf of The United Methodist Church (UMC), [we were] proud to join Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Global Coordinator Tim Ziemer, and Senator Chris Coons on Capitol Hill to recognize April 25’s #WorldMalariaDay and announce the UMC’s new $9.6 million donation — the largest single contribution ever made by a faith-based organization — to the Global Fund. … Through the UMC-Global Fund partnership, 10 additional sub-Saharan African countries have launched a comprehensive malaria program…” (4/22).

Huffington Post U.K.: Small Things, Big Difference
Arabella Gilchrist, director of Creative + Comms at Malaria No More U.K.

“…Inspiringly, with massive global efforts, involving the U.K. public, government, businesses, and scientists, we have arrived at a potential tipping point in the history of this disease with real potential to get the job done — stopping people needlessly dying from malaria. However, as ever, with great opportunities they come hand in hand with risk. We are only half way there in the fight against malaria, and we only have half the financial resources needed. If support wanes in the coming years there is a real risk that hard-won progress could be stalled or even reversed. … Which is why this World Malaria Day we’re spreading the word that it’s #AllToPlayFor as we seek to make malaria no more…” (4/22).

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