U.S. Senate passes malaria resolution

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Our voices are being heard. On July 11, 2012, the U.S. Senate passes a resolution recognizing the fight against malaria..

[courtesy RBM] US Senate Agrees on New Malaria Resolution Washington DC / Geneva, 11 July 2012 (RBM) – The Senate of the United States of America agreed to a new resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, including the target of ending malaria deaths by 2015. It reaffirmed US leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President’s Global Health Initiative. The resolution commends the progress made toward reducing global malaria prevalence and deaths, particularly through the efforts of the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Recognizing the goals to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, the Senate encourages members of the international community to sustain and scale up their support for efforts to combat malaria.  The full text of the resolution follows below

RESOLUTION 429 Supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.
Whereas April 25th of each year is recognized internationally as World Malaria Day; Whereas malaria is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, despite being completely preventable and treatable; Whereas fighting malaria is in the national security interest of the United States Government, as reducing the risk of malaria protects members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving overseas in malaria endemic regions, and reducing malaria deaths helps to promote stability in less developed countries; Whereas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 countries, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, account for 98 percent of global malaria deaths; Whereas young children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to and disproportionately affected by malaria; Whereas malaria greatly affects child health, as children under the age of 5 account for an estimated 85 percent of malaria deaths each year; Whereas malaria poses great risks to maternal health, causing complications during delivery, anemia, and low birth weights, with estimates that malaria infection causes 400,000 cases of severe maternal anemia and between 75,000 and 200,000 infant deaths annually in sub-Saharan Africa; Whereas heightened national, regional, and international efforts to prevent and treat malaria over recent years have made measurable progress and helped save hundreds of thousands of lives; Whereas the World Malaria Report 2011 by the World Health Organization states that in 2011, approximately 50 percent of households in sub-Saharan Africa owned at least 1 insecticide-treated mosquito net (referred to in this preamble as an `ITN’), and household surveys indicated that 96 percent of people with access to an ITN within a household actually used the ITN; Whereas, in 2010, a total of 185,000,000 people were protected by indoor residual spraying (referred to in this preamble as `IRS’); Whereas the World Malaria Report 2011 further states that malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25 percent globally, and 33 percent in Africa alone, since 2000; Whereas the World Malaria Report 2011 further states that out of 99 countries with ongoing malaria transmissions, 43 countries recorded decreases of more than 50 percent in the number of malaria cases between 2000 and 2010, and 8 other countries recorded decreases of more than 25 percent; Whereas continued national, regional, and international investment in efforts to eliminate malaria, including prevention and treatment efforts and the development of a vaccine to immunize children from the malaria parasite, is critical in order to continue to reduce malaria deaths, prevent backsliding in areas where progress has been made, and equip the United States and the global community with the tools necessary to fight malaria and other global health threats; Whereas the United States Government has played a leading role in the recent progress made toward reducing the global burden of malaria, particularly through the President’s Malaria Initiative (referred to in this preamble as `PMI’) and the contribution of the United States to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Whereas the United States Government is pursuing a comprehensive approach to ending malaria deaths through PMI, the United States Agency for International Development, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the private sector focused on helping partner countries to achieve major improvements in overall health outcomes through advances in access to, and the quality of, healthcare services in resource-poor settings; and Whereas PMI, recognizing the burden of malaria on many partner countries, has set a target of reducing the burden of malaria by 50 percent for 450,000,000 people, representing 70 percent of the at-risk population in Africa, by 2015: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate– (1) supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, including the target of ending malaria deaths by 2015; (2) recognizes the importance of reducing malaria prevalence and deaths to improve overall child and maternal health, especially in sub-Saharan Africa; (3) commends the recent progress made toward reducing global malaria deaths and prevalence, particularly through the efforts of the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; (4) strongly supports ongoing public-private partnerships to research and develop more effective and affordable tools for malaria diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination; (5) recognizes the goals to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-293; 122 Stat. 2918); (6) supports continued leadership by the United States in bilateral, multilateral, and private sector efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative; and (7) encourages other members of the international community to sustain and scale up their support for and financial contributions to efforts worldwide to combat malaria. (Resolution agreed to in Senate on 10 July 2012 with an amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote)

4 Responses to “U.S. Senate passes malaria resolution”

  1. Oliver Chiapco July 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    This is a great resolution, considering the fact that an African child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. That’s close to 3000 young lives lost every single day.
    It is also important to remember that although malaria has been eliminated in the United States since the 1950s, the mosquito vectors are still alive and well and breeding in great numbers:
    > Anopheles freeborni in the west
    > Anopheles quadrimaculatus in central and eastern United States
    > And Anopheles pseudopunctipennis in the south.

    This puts the US and other similar regions in the world where malaria have been eliminated at constant risk of re-introduction of the disease. Resolution 429 will therefore help prevent this from happening.
    But there’s one controversial issue that need to be considered – climate change. Note that the average global temperature is rising. Global precipitation patterns are also changing. And the northern hemisphere appears to be getting more than the average annual amount of rainfall. That being said, it is hard to argue that rising temperatures and increasing amounts of rainfall do not affect the life cycle and survival of mosquitoes. Because they do. If it rains today, you can expect a horde of mosquitoes a couple of weeks later.
    If climate change indeed contributes to the persistence of malaria, then combating malaria will prove to be an uphill battle. Everything is interconnected.

  2. Paul LaRue July 20, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Well, the United States Senate finally did something ! Non-controversial ?? Worth while !! Hallelujah !

  3. Jon Erik Kingstad August 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Can it be true? The members of the United States Senate agree on this one thing? Please don’t tell me there we any opponents or dissenter!

  4. Jon Erik Kingstad August 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    And let us all Praise Jesus Christ Our Lord to whom all Glory Be given!

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