Below is the official statement from the U.S. Secretary of State:
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
On April 25, the United States will join the global community in observing World Malaria Day. We have made progress on prevention and control since the first World Malaria Day in 2007, but there is much more to do to stop the spread of this preventable and curable disease.
Malaria is one of the greatest threats to the health of nearly half the world’s population. It is the fifth leading cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide and the second leading cause of death in Africa, after HIV/AIDS. The most vulnerable among us — children, pregnant women, and people living with HIV/AIDS — are the hardest hit by malaria.
The United States is committed to reducing the threat of malaria worldwide through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Global Health Initiative will help coordinate PMI efforts with broader health goals of both the U.S. government and our in-country partners.
On Thursday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the President’s Malaria Initiative Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, and CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden released our new six-year strategy to combat malaria. By 2014, our goal is to cut malaria illnesses and deaths by 50 percent in most affected countries of sub-Saharan Africa. We are also working to curtail the spread of drug resistant disease in Southeast Asia and the Americas.
On this World Malaria Day, I reaffirm our commitment to the goal of ridding the world of this disease once and for all.
If you're reading this blog post, chances are you're used to spending more on a light lunch than what a life-saving mosquito net costs. While there are many charitable efforts worthy of your contributions, the reality is that without health, a person is literally unable to participate in an education--the ultimate path to opportunities integral to escaping poverty. For this reason alone, health is the ultimate launching pad that desperately needs more of our attention. From 2004 through 2009, the global community has increased international malaria funding ten-fold, with a five-fold increase in global production of insecticide-treated nets to 150 million. Please join the international community in our continued efforts toward the eradication of this disease:
Cumulative action from every able individual around the world is the ultimate way to prevent the spread of this disease. Many thanks from BoC to the global community!