THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

U.N. encourages malaria elimination

U.N. encourages malaria elimination. | Courtesy of wikipedia.org
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement emphasizing the incredible opportunity that is at hand: the opportunity to eliminate malaria from the world’s health concerns.

“We are coming to the end of an extraordinary period in the fight against malaria,” Ki-moon said. “The final report on the Millennium Development Goals tells us that malaria deaths have reached an all-time low. Our success has been a collective effort forged by partnerships. It could not have been possible without the contributions of every part of our coalition.”

The statements were made at an event titled “Financing a New Era,” which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was dedicated to malaria elimination.

“As we move towards a new set of global goals for sustainable development, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put an end to the global threat of malaria once and for all,” Ki-moon said. “And we have the strategic vision to do so. It is outlined in WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria, both of which are presented here today. They provide a comprehensive framework to guide efforts to reduce malaria by 90 percent by 2030. Achieving this will take continued and greater investments from all countries, including a robust replenishment of the Global Fund.”

Ki-moon also discussed the importance of utilizing local and international resources to fight malaria.

“Later today, we will be launching the Global Financing Facility in support of “Every woman, every child,” he said. “This is a country-led partnership that aims to mobilize additional domestic and international resources to scale up and sustain essential health services, including for malaria, for women, children and adolescents. We will also need continued coordination of our efforts, with clear targets to drive us towards our ultimate goal — the end of malaria. We have come far and achieved much over the last 15 years, but there is still much to do. I am confident that with your continued commitment, we will achieve our ultimate goal of a world free of malaria. Thank you very much.”