Underscoring the progress being made in the joint, worldwide fight against malaria , Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus, today introduced a House Resolution highlighting the goals World Malaria Day (4/25), including a 2015 target date for ending malaria.
Crenshaw issued the following statement after the introduction of the legislation on Tuesday, April 23:
"Through the comprehensive partnership of many United States program, agencies, and organizations, our nation is playing a key role in bringing health and stability to other nations through the eradication of malaria. Witness the results we've helped achieve between 2000 and 2010: a 26 percent decrease in malaria mortality rates around the world; a 33 percent reduction in mortality rates in the African Region of the World Health Organization, and an estimated 1.1 million fewer deaths averted globally due to increased intervention.
"Further teamwork between governments, the private sector, relief, and faith-based organizations will grow these numbers even larger and take the world closer elimination of a preventable, treatable disease and the death and associated problems it brings to so many.
"That's a goal in the long-term interest of our nation and all countries. World Malaria Day on April 25 serves a rallying point for all to support the accomplishments to date and reaffirm a target date of 2015 for ending malaria around the globe. I strongly encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in this fight."
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said, "With the growing participation and support of leading innovators in disease prevention, medical research, health care delivery services, in the faith-based community, business, academia, and government, I am confident that we can continue and in fact accelerate bringing awareness to this issue as well as expand tangible progress in saving hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives from this entirely preventable and treatable disease. "
Rep. Meeks further stated, "In doing so, we are also demonstrating that bipartisan cooperation can bring needed help to people here in the United States and around world. I hope that our resolution in support of the goals of World Malaria Day will inspire Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the aisle in both house of Congress to support efforts to eradicate malaria by 2015."