CRENSHAW AND DAVIS: Ending the scourge of malaria – Washington TimesPosted: April 26, 2013
What is remarkable about these numbers is that we have been able to accomplish so much with relatively little. Less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget is spent on foreign assistance, and our contribution to fighting malaria is less than three-hundredths of 1 percent of total U.S. government spending. Thanks to investments over the past couple of decades, we have a wide range of powerful tools to fight this preventable and treatable disease, including long-lasting bed nets to protect families from mosquitoes, improved technology to track and diagnose the disease, and drugs to treat it and avoid needless deaths. These tools are simple, affordable and effective: The President’s Malaria Initiative has reached more than 50 million people with prevention or treatment services, including bed nets, anti-malarial drugs and diagnostics. For every dollar we provide to the Global Fund, other donors provide at least an additional $2. Most important of all, millions of people are living more productive, healthier lives.