Russia and U.S. sign POI in battle against malaria

The United States and Russia signed a protocol of intent on Wednesday to cooperate in the effort against malaria.

The POI represents a commitment by the two countries to work together to stop child deaths from being caused by the mosquito-spread disease.

The document was signed by Igor Kagramanyan, Russia's deputy minister of health, and Nils Daulaire, the director of the office of global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The officials signed the document at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The cooperation on stopping malaria will include capacity building and training, operational research, and evaluation and collaboration with other partners on controlling malaria in third world countries. The two countries will look into co-leadership or joint participation on malaria control issues in national forums like the Global Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the APEC along with regional or global health meetings.

The President's Malaria Initiative, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will coordinate for the United States while Russia's coordinators will be the Ministry of Health and the Martsinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine of the Moscow State Medical University.

Approximately 800,000 people die from malaria each year. The cooperation between the two countries is meant to save children, reduce suffering, improve maternal help and promote economic development in countries burdened by the disease.

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