Local News | Malaria Forum to draw global health experts | Seattle Times NewspaperPosted: October 17, 2011
Some experts are focused on new troubles, ranging from drug and insecticide resistance to global economic woes — topics to be explored at the forum.”There is excitement about RTS,S,” says Dr. David Brandling-Bennett, deputy director of the malaria program at the Gates Foundation. “There’s also excitement about what’s been accomplished — and recognition that we’re not there yet.”
Getting there, of course, will take money. Conservatively, about $4.7 billion will be needed just for research and development until 2015, according to a recent report.
But since 2007, when Bill and Melinda Gates first called for malaria eradication, the financial meltdown has tightened budgets. As Chan once noted, the true killers in public health are the lack of resources and political commitment.