Malaria No More names Hilary Clinton Global Leader
At the event, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was awarded the Global Leadership award for her dedication to help support Malaria No More's vision of eradicating malaria globally. In Clinton's speech at the event, she committed to help the organization further with a renewed commitment from the U.S. State Department and USAID of billions of dollars pledged towards malaria treatment and prevention, as well as with the launch of a new office of Global Health Diplomacy specifically geared towards fighting malaria and other leading killers.
Clinton and Malaria No More board member Christopher Combe also recognized Novartis for its commitment to helping in the fight against malaria.
"The distribution of life-saving drugs has been a total life-saving, game-changing event for so many families and their children," Clinton said. "A treatment costs only one dollar to buy and deliver to a child, as Malaria No More's Power of One campaign has shown... According to a recent study, every dollar spent on malaria control produces $40 in additional productivity."
Novartis received the Corporate Citizen award for its commitment to distribute 600 million Coartem malaria treatments to people in-need without the receipt of any profit.
"This cross-industry effort is absolutely essential," Novartis Chairman Dr. Joerg Reinhardt said. "Because, although malaria has been eliminated in many countries, we are all aware that more than 200 million people are affected by the disease every year and that every day more than 2,000 children in Africa die because of malaria. For this reason Novartis is intensifying its research and is continuously looking for innovative ways to improve access to healthcare around the world."