SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

UN leaders discuss progress in 15-year fight against malaria

Worldwide leaders, health experts and diplomats gathered in New York Nov. 19 to discuss and celebrate progress that has been made in reaching the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

There are only five weeks left of the MDGs, which are eight goals against poverty and disease that were agreed upon in 2000. The goal was to eliminate extreme disease and poverty by the year 2015.

“The world’s success in rolling back malaria shows just what can be achieved with the right kind of determination and partnerships. It provides bold inspiration to all nations that seek to create a healthy environment for their children and adults,” Mogens Lykketoft, president of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, said. “We can and we must eliminate malaria by 2030. This will require full implementation of the new strategy developed by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the World Health Organization. In it, we have the path forward – I urge all member states to fully support implementation of this strategic plan.”

Even though not all of the goals have been met, some have been partially achieved in specific areas.

“Under the MDGs, we have seen what can be achieved when we join our efforts and come together in a coordinated fashion,” Hervé Verhoosel, representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat in New York, said. “Thanks to our collective efforts, we have achieved the MDG for malaria and unlocked economic potential in communities around the world. As we set our sights on elimination, we stand to avert nearly 3 billion cases of infection and generate some $4 trillion in additional economic output over the next 15 years. But we must ensure political commitment and predictable financial resources necessary to carry us over the finish line.”

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