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Opinion Pieces Respond To WHO World Malaria Report

The following is a summary of opinion pieces addressing the WHO’s World Malaria Report 2013, released Wednesday.

  • Ray Chambers, Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog: “The big headline is that the fight against malaria has reduced by 50 percent the rate of children dying from malaria, and has saved more than 3.3 million lives since 2000,” Chambers, the U.N. special envoy for health financing, writes. “With all this good news also comes a word of warning,” he continues, noting, “The report documents that financial shortfalls in malaria intervention during 2011 and 2012 led to fewer lifesaving commodities reaching in-need communities, and to a notable slowing of malaria progress overall.” He concludes, “As we celebrate, let’s also commit to redoubling our efforts going forward and working for that day when there will be no need for a WHO World Malaria Report” (12/11).
  • Martin Edlund, CNN: “Much of the progress to date comes from expanded access to simple tools such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and we must maintain high levels of coverage,” Edlund, a founding member and CEO of Malaria No More writes. He highlights “three cheap, revolutionary tools” that can help “ultimately eradicate this disease from the planet.” These tools — a rapid diagnostic test, artemisinin-based combination therapies, and mobile phones — “are helping us work faster, smarter and more cost effectively. With their help — and continued investment — we can write malaria into the history books,” he concludes (12/11).