New year, new opportunities to help make malaria history

Requisite Capitol building picture.

Requisite Capitol building picture.

2013 was a remarkable year in the fight against malaria, and with continued commitment from partners and advocates, this year will be no exception. Now the last few “best moments” lists of 2013 are disappearing from our newsfeeds, signaling that it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get started on the business of making malaria history in 2014, here’s a snapshot of some key US advocacy moments and time frames that the US Malaria Roundtable—a community-led collaboration between individuals and organizations—has on its radar screen.

  • Mid-January (now!): The FY 2014 Omnibus (funding bill) funds malaria at $665 million (woohoo!) and has passed Congress. It sets the amount of money allocated for malaria by the US Government until October.
  • End of January: InterAction will launch its annual Global Health Briefing Book, which covers the impact of US investment in global health and includes a section on why continuing to fund the fight against malaria is important.
  • February –April: Ah, spring in DC, with cherry blossoms abloom and malaria champions abuzz on Capitol Hill. Advocates will meet with appropriators to encourage continued funding for the fight against malaria as Congress begins to draft FY 2015 appropriations bills.
  • April 25: World Malaria Day: Be there or be square. This year’s theme is “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria.” Not sure how or where to celebrate? Check back here in April. We promise we’ll have it covered.
  • November–December 2014: “Lame duck” remainder of the Congressional session (translation: no one in the US government will be paying attention to us as they prepare for the presidential election), so Hill advocacy will be on hiatus at this point. Luckily, there are some interesting conferences to keep the malaria conversations going…
  • November 2014: The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting, an opportunity to hear the latest research breakthroughs in malaria control and elimination, will be held from November 2–6 in New Orleans. We don’t know about you, but that’s definitely going on our early registration priority list—not that New Orleans has anything to do with that…
  • December 2014: Roll Back Malaria and the World Health Organization launch the annual World Malaria Report, a great chance to look at the latest progress and where we need to ramp up investments.

Much of this list still needs to be written. Many other opportunities for advocacy will arise throughout the year as groups launch new research and plan events. If you have something exciting in the works this year, we’d love to hear about it! Give us a shout on Twitter at @macepa_tweets or at malariainform@path.org.

Additionally, on February 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. ET, Malaria Roundtable members are putting their heads together to tackle plans for the list above and other opportunities to collaborate in the year ahead. If you would like to attend, email Amanda Warriner, our policy/advocacy extraordinaire, at awarriner@path.org.

 

Photo: KP Tripathi

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