A united front against malaria

Daily Trust - - VIEWS - By Ana Mar­garida Se­tas-Fer­reira

Grow­ing up in An­gola, I wit­nessed the cruel and dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of malaria, as well as ex­pe­ri­enced this hor­rific dis­ease first­hand. Later, as a mother, I was grate­ful to have ac­cess to pre­ven­tive ther­a­pies while preg­nant so that I could pro­tect my­self and my two sons could be born healthy. Now, as a physi­cian, I am com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity from this dis­ease.

Thank­fully, over the past decade, re­newed in­vest­ments and part­ner­ships have driven re­mark­able progress against malaria. Since 2000, more than 3.3 mil­lion lives have been saved and global can­not be­come com­pla­cent. Our suc­cess is as frag­ile as it is re­mark­able and it must be sus­tained.

To con­tinue progress against malaria, the global com­mu­nity must now, more than ever, reaf­firm its com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that the tools to com­bat this dis­ease reach each per­son in need.

Un­for­tu­nately, there is no “sil­ver bul­let” ca­pa­ble of erad­i­cat­ing malaria sin­gle­hand­edly. We’ve seen again and again that com­bat­ing this dis­ease re­quires a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach that tack­les the dis­ease from dif­fer­ent an­gles and with dif­fer­ent ap­proaches. We must de­ploy bed nets and other preven­tion tools, di­ag­nos­tic tests, ef­fec­tive treat­ments and ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns to com­bat malaria on the ground, while look­ing for long term so­lu­tions ex­e­cu­tion of our com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grams, and our on­go­ing sup­port for malaria re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

In the past decade, this ap­proach has helped avert an es­ti­mated 1,800 malaria cases among non­im­mune work­ers and, since 2007. Sim­i­larly, our part­ner­ships with leading malaria or­ga­ni­za­tions are en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tive and ef­fec­tive pro­grams that ad­dress malaria from all sides. For ex­am­ple, in Chad and Cameroon, we sup­port a na­tional multimedia malaria preven­tion cam­paign through Malaria No More and trains health work­ers to pro­vide malaria preven­tion and treat­ment ser­vices— par­tic­u­larly for preg­nant women—with Jhpiego.

ExxonMo­bil is not alone in our com­mit­ment to fight malaria. We are part of a larger ef­fort of businesses part­ner­ing with the pub­lic sec­tor to drive a com­pre­hen­sive re­sponse to the par­a­site.

In sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, this joint sup­port has made a pow­er­ful im­pact, and it is em­blem­atic of how

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