“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.
Malaria 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:
- Read and share the global fact sheet, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Global Fight Against Malaria.
- Explore our toolkit for advocacy resources or submit your own.
- Stay up to date on the latest malaria elimination news with MACEPA’s Twitter, Facebook, blog, and newsletter.
- Join the global Malaria Advocacy Working Group or the US Malaria Roundtable (co-chaired by UN Foundation and PATH; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details).