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Reforms, Partnerships Critical To Addressing Malaria Drug Resistance

Huffington Post: A Race Against Time to Check Malaria Resistance
Philippe Douste-Blazy, under-secretary general of the U.N. and chair of UNITAID

“…Urgent reforms as well as stronger partnerships can ensure that new products [to control malaria] reach those in need, at prices that are affordable. … The threat of insecticide resistance is one of the main challenges to future progress in the fight against malaria. Unless more effective insecticides are made available, we run the risk of considerable reversals in the fight against malaria. Millions of long-lasting insecticide nets are distributed every year. With new chemicals, these nets can continue to be game-changers well into the next decade. We face a race against time to save more lives. We cannot win without encouraging innovation, strengthening collaboration with the private sector, and with greater public funding” (4/22).

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