In the fight to eliminate malaria in the Mekong, everyday heroes keep their communities healthy. Saw Zar Li is one. He, along with an army of more than 20,000 like him across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, are on the front lines battling one of the world’s oldest killers. Their weapons are mosquito nets and rapid diagnostic tests. They dispense quality-assured medicine and good advice.
GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will continue to support five Southeast Asian countries to expand efforts against malaria, and aim to eliminate the most deadly strain of malaria.
By Mark Dybul
Mosquito-borne parasites know no borders, as the Zika virus in Latin America has reminded us this year. While the impact of Zika is still being assessed, we know that malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people a year, most of them young children. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, and we are determined to end it.
We have to looks past borders, just like infectious diseases do.
The Global Fund partnership brings together a myriad of strengths: finances; technical expertise; the experience and knowledge of communities affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria; innovation; and a capacity for constant evolution. The partners who comprise the Global Fund come with diverse abilities and points of view, yet they share a determination to serve people, to strive for social justice, and to achieve impact against HIV, TB and malaria and ultimately end the epidemics.