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REUTERS HIGHLIGHTS LEADERSHIP AND EFFORTS IN FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA

In a recent article published on their website, Thomas Reuters Foundation News reported on the gains made in the fight against malaria and highlighted some of the leaders that are driving the malaria elimination movement.

In May 2016, Reuters journalist Katy Migiro travelled to Tanzania to meet with the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Founding ALMA Chair, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who lost a brother and a cousin to malaria and has become a prominent advocate for malaria elimination on a global level.

Dr. Kikwete remarked in his interview that "if we continue with the interventions that we have been doing here relentlessly, we should be able to get there [elimination]"- referring to the increased use of bednets, improved diagnostic tests, better medicines, indoor spraying of insecticides and educating the public. 

The Reuters article also included mention of the important contributions made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, President Obama and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, especially in funding the elimination movement and financing bednet production. "Demand is not driven by the need (but) by the funding," said a Tanzania bednet factory director, Kalpesh Shah.

The article adds that “Without the long term investment of funds and the political commitment to continue the fight, we risk wasting the entire investment”.

Please use the following link to read the original article: http://news.trust.org/item/20160607050320-o7ay6