Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends) released the following statement regarding the World Health Organization’s 2018 World Malaria report, published today:

“The WHO’s new malaria report is a wake-up call for everyone committed to the fight against malaria.  For the second year in a row, a preventable and treatable disease is on the rise. Inadequate funding is resulting in critical gaps in malaria control efforts. Half of those at risk in Africa are not sleeping under bednets – one example of how we have to do better in scaling up proven tools.”

Jonathan Klein, Board Chair of Friends, added:

“There has been lasting bipartisan Congressional support for the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), but the new report makes clear that flat funding cannot reverse the epidemic. An increased U.S. pledge to the Global Fund, the world’s largest malaria funder, new investments in the President’s Malaria Initiative and additional support from other donors and implementing countries are all essential to getting back on track and ending the epidemic for good.”

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Learn more about the Global Fund’s malaria response at: https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/malaria/ and the Global Fund’s upcoming replenishment at https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/replenishment.

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