Malaria No More presents awards for fighting malaria

Malaria No More announced on Wednesday the recipients for its annual award for distinguished service in the fight against malaria.

Three separate awards were given at the fifth annual Malaria Champions Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) received the awards.

Malaria is responsible for nearly 650,000 deaths each year. The disease is spread by mosquitos that pass the parasite to humans when they draw blood.

"Malaria No More is proud to honor Senator Coats, Congressman Crenshaw, Congressman Meeks and Novartis at the fifth annual Malaria Champions Breakfast," Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, said. "These awards recognize the outstanding work these leaders are doing, committing their time, talent, and voices to ending this preventable and treatable disease. We've seen remarkable progress in the fight against malaria, but we couldn't do it without the Champions we honor today."

The Malaria Action Award, which is presented to a leader who translates policy into action, was presented to Coats in recognition of his efforts in securing funding for the President's Malaria Initiative.

The Malaria Vision Award, which is given to leaders who are strong voices for effective malaria policy, was presented to Crenshaw and Meeks, who are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.