Friday, November 5, 2010
Pan-African Malaria revealed a success story
WASHINGTON, DC - As a young worker assistance in Mali 20 years ago, I had in high-risk behaviors on a fairly regular basis to participate. I slept in villages across Mali - from the Sahara in the north to the delta of the Niger River and Dogon in the middle of the southern savanna - but not always with a mosquito net hanging over me, least of all insecticide-treated bed (which I did not still think it came up) .I paid for my sins, I was struck by malaria after a night in the southern village of Mali in the middle of the rainy season. Malaria me so scared, so weak, that I thought I might die, and worse yet, I do not really care if I did. In those days, mosquito nets has not been easy, especially if you were poor, rural Mali. And the majority of Malians were poor and rural.Much has changed in 20 years. Today, a new report presented at a press conference at the National Press Club shows that Mali is part of a pan-African malaria success stories. In 2000 there were 22,663 deaths from malaria in children aged 1 to 59 months in Mali. From 2001 to 2010, global investment in malaria prevented 65,065 deaths from malaria, more than any of the 34 endemic malaria in Africa, studied in the report.And Mali is just one part of a larger, happier story: save the new report, the life of Malaria: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals - from Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization and the path, and the author published today, Roll Back Malaria - shows that life was nearly three-quarters of a million children in these 34 countries over the past 10 years through the use of insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy is stored.Most importantly, the report estimated that an additional 3 million lives could be saved if, by 2015, the world continues to grow in this most cost-effective measures to combat the disease.The report must be global Wake Up Call for politicians to meet in New York next week at the UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals, as a way to find eight goals in five years, even in the 15-year schedule of the MDGs.The report clearly shows that you need: The U.S. and other international donors should be further investment in malaria control, as they have done in recent years, and 3 million lives could be saved over the next five years.