Benefits of Malaria Medical Research Discussed Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense
By Joshua Blumenfeld and Dena Gudaitis
At a hearing of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Health to review the President’s FY17 budget request, malaria medical research was mentioned as a key benefit for our nation’s service members deployed abroad.
Committee Chairman, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), inquired about concrete examples of how funding for medical research has “contributed to breakthroughs or positive outcomes that benefit our service men and women and society as a whole.”
Lieutenant General Nadja West, U.S. Army Surgeon General, responded that “there are a myriad of benefits that have come from our research.” She pointed to regenerative medicines, advances in trauma care and advances in infectious disease research. “For example, in malaria, we are actually participating with our inter-agency colleagues on providing advances in developing a vaccine for Zika virus which is currently on now.”
Malaria No More commends Lt. General West for highlighting the importance of combatting malaria to protect members of the U.S. military as well as the billions of people in countries throughout the world that have been severely affected by this deadly disease.
Watch the full hearing here.