Resilient Partnerships Critical To End Malaria In Southeast Asia
Huffington Post: A Partnership to End Malaria in the Mekong
Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
“…The Global Fund partnership is backing a smart regional initiative with a US$100 million grant to tackle artemisinin resistance in Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia, with a special focus on mobile populations such as farming communities and seasonal agricultural workers. The Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI) has galvanized strong political commitment from East Asian leaders to achieve the goal of a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030. Countries are now saying that to end this devastating disease, control is not enough, and that to stamp out malaria we need to work together, with deeper cross border collaboration and regional data sharing. … Our ability to succeed will ultimately depend on the resilience of our partnerships. RAI is a terrific example of working together, in an interconnected world, to end this malaria” (2/25).