On Sunday evening in Dallas, Texas, former President George W. Bush was honored at a special gala for his unprecedented commitment to the fight against malaria. Malaria No More presented the Global Leadership Award to the 43rd President in recognition for his pioneering role in founding the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and supporting The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The event highlighted ongoing achievements to combat the disease with more than 4.3 million lives saved and 670 million malaria cases averted since 2000, according to the WHO’s World Malaria Report.
“I am honored to receive this award from Malaria No More and I thank the American people for their generosity and leadership which has saved millions of lives and set us on the path toward achieving a world without malaria.” President Bush said in Freedom Hall in the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “I am confident that with renewed focus and determination, we can finish the job, and ensure that no child dies from a mosquito bite." The President shared these comments in an engaging interview with former Chief of Staff to the President, Josh Bolten.
As one of the world’s oldest, deadliest, and costliest diseases, malaria still takes the life of a child nearly every minute.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), founded a decade ago by President Bush, has distributed over 102 million mosquito nets, procured 318 million antimalarial treatments and over 174 million rapid diagnostic tests. PMI and other efforts have helped decrease malaria deaths by nearly 50 percent since 2000.
The event was held in advance of World Malaria Day (April 25th) and highlighted the distribution of the 1 billionth mosquito net to Africa since President Bush took office.
Congresswoman Kay Granger, Chairwoman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, emphasized the importance of continuing to effectively fund these important programs. U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, Admiral Tim Ziemer highlighted the bipartisan support malaria enjoys in Congress.
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and Kimberly-Clark CEO Tom Falk were also recognized with Corporate Leadership Awards for their companies’ extraordinary contributions to the global malaria effort.
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