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Senate Passes Concurrent Resolution in Support of World Malaria Day
Washington, D.C., April 23, 2009 – Last night, the U.S. Senate passed S. CON. RES. 18, a bipartisan resolution reaffirming U.S. commitment to the fight against malaria. The resolution, led by Senators Russell Feingold (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs respectively, passed the Senate yesterday under a unanimous consent agreement. The resolution commends the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative.
“The U.S. government has been – and continues to be – a champion of this fight against malaria around the world,” said Friends of the Global Fight Executive Director Natasha Bilimoria. “The staggering gains made against malaria in recent years would not be possible without this dedicated support. I would particularly like to thank sponsoring Senators Feingold and Isakson for introducing this resolution. I would also like to thank the co-sponsors, Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mel Martinez (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) for their continued leadership on this issue.”
As the world’s largest funder of malaria programs, the Global Fund has provided 70 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria and 74 million malaria drug treatments to treat the disease. To date, the Global Fund has committed $6.5 billion to 175 malaria programs in 83 countries. In total, 3.5 million lives have been saved through Global Fund-funded programs.
“Because this disease affects children in particular, malaria targets our future, yet it is completely preventable, treatable and curable. And we have every tool we need to do all of those things,” continued Bilimoria. “We look forward to continuing to work with all of our Congressional champions to eliminate malaria.”
The House version of the World Malaria Day Resolution, sponsored by Congressmen Donald Payne (DNJ) and John Boozman (R-AR), is expected to be considered next week.
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Friends of the Global Fight works to educate, engage and mobilize American decision makers to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the fight to end the worldwide burden of these three diseases. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.
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