WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Obama administration releases details to broaden malaria initiative

The Obama Administration has asked for an additional $200 million to fund the new anti-malaria vision. | File photo

President Barack Obama has already made significant changes to the anti-malaria efforts, which started 10 years ago with George W. Bush's President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

There is now a long-term ideal for eliminating malaria from the U.S. The Obama Administration has asked for an additional $200 million to fund the new vision.

Health leaders will spend $71 million of the funds to increase the yearly PMI budget and $129 million, taken from Ebola grants, toward PMI.

The funds will also be used to initiate and broaden current malaria programs taking place in four West African countries. PMI will expand into new programs in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone. These measures will reach approximately 70 million people who are at risk of contracting malaria.

If approved, the new funds would designate $874 million for the fiscal year of 2017. This is a 30 percent rise compared to the level for 2016.

PMI has coordinated with Congress to further its support to other countries that are affected by malaria. The goal is to decline the number of cases and deaths from malaria. Health professionals hope to entirely eliminate the disease within the next several years.

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