On January 12th 2016, in his final State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama declared that the world has a real opportunity to end malaria. During his speech, the President of the United States remarked, “Right now, we’re on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS. That's within our grasp. And we have the chance to accomplish the same thing with malaria. Something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year."
Since the year 2000, malaria related mortality rates have fallen by 66% on the African continent. In addition, an estimated 663 million cases of malaria have been averted in sub-Saharan Africa since 2001 largely due to scale up of malaria interventions supported by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Although the gains made against malaria have been significant and numerous other countries have successfully eliminated the disease from their borders, there are still challenges to realizing a malaria-free Africa. ALMA applauds President Obama for his efforts in encouraging increased mobilization of resources and political will, which have proven instrumental in eliminating the disease in other parts of the world.
To watch the full State of the Union address, please click on the following link: www.whitehouse.gov/sotu