Why Malaria Advocacy?

Photo: David Jacobs

Photo: David Jacobs

“Defeating malaria—and forever ending the well-documented risk of resurgence—is the only long-term goal.” – Kent Campbell, founding director of PATH’s Malaria Control Program

Though we have long known how to prevent and treat malaria, it is largely due to robust and sustained political and financial commitment that we have entered a new era in the fight against this ancient disease. Since 2000, childhood deaths from malaria have been reduced by half, resulting in 3.3 million deaths being averted.

It is imperative that this investment continues until we have eliminated transmission of the disease altogether. Since the 1930s there have been 75 documented local resurgences of malaria, the majority linked to decreased program funding. In addition, increasing levels of drug and insecticide resistance calls for a greater sense of urgency to stay ahead of these challenges before they unravel progress to date.

impact coverMalaria is widely acknowledged by public health experts, policymakers, and the private sector as a best buy in global health because it can serve as a foundation for achieving many other development objectives: child health, maternal health, and economic health to name a few.History and science are on our side.

We know more about malaria elimination today than ever before. We can be the generation to end it once and for all, but we can’t do it without your voice. Here are a few ways to get involved: