STATEMENT ON SENATE RESOLUTION 489, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF WORLD MALARIA DAY


Washington, D.C., April 30, 2018 – Malaria No More welcomes the passage of Senate Resolution 489 (S.Res.489), introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), and co-sponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Boozman (R-AR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Durbin (D-IL) supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.

When World Malaria Day, April 25, was designated in 2007, the disease was killing more than 750,000 people annually. Last year, that number had decreased by more than 40 percent. World Malaria Day is celebrated around the world to commemorate progress made in the fight to end malaria and acknowledge the challenges that remain in eliminating the disease that still infects more than 200 million people worldwide and kills a child every 2 minutes.

“The stunning progress against what many believe to be among the deadliest diseases in human history has been led by ongoing U.S. investments in two programs: the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The American commitment to the fight against malaria, supported by Democrats and Republicans, is a symbol of the United States’ leadership role in the world. It is a testament to what America can accomplish when it sets its sights on important goals. And it is the reason why we can envision the day that no one dies from a mosquito bite,” said Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, Malaria No More.

Malaria No More thanks Senators Wicker, Coons, Rubio, Boozman, Brown and Durbin for their steadfast support in the fight to end malaria and for their efforts to ensure passage of this important resolution.

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