Roll Back Malaria's report on reducing malaria
Roll Back Malaria released its Decade Report on Rolling Back Malaria (RBM). The report includes extensive coverage of the progress that has been made in reducing malaria worldwide over the last ten years.
After surveying the report, one thing stands out as the main force behind this progress: collaboration. In the past, efforts to halt malaria failed when single groups attempted to address the problem alone. Now, through the partnership of institutions from endemic countries including faith communities, multi-lateral and donor organisations, the private sector, NGOs, foundations, and academia, we can prevent more than three million more deaths by 2015.
Dr Victor Mwakwenge, Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chairperson of the RBM Partnership Board explained that although each group may differ in their approach, “In 2011, the malaria community is united by more than simply an ambitious vision. It has a collective roadmap and has crafted solutions to daunting challenges. It has solid results and lessons to show for a decade of shared commitment and effort. Building on all these assets now will enable this generation to lift the burden of malaria once and for all, and to clear the way to a malaria-free reality for tomorrow.”
As Faiths Act Fellows, the report is essential to keep in mind while we embark on the journey of this year. Success is within reach, and the path to arrive there is to work together, strengthen our collective efforts, learn from each other, and continue to show our support, remembering those who are still in need. When we unite, we can make a tangible difference in the world around us – we can, and we are, saving lives.
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Carolyn Worthge and Adeela Tajdar, Faiths Act Fellows