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Bill and Melinda Gates Call for New Global Commitment to Chart a Course for Malaria Eradication
Date:10/17/2007

rticular, he praised Zambia's malaria program as an "inspiring example of a nationally-coordinated effort."

A new UNICEF report released at the forum documents the impressive progress of recent malaria control efforts. For example, the report shows that:

-- The annual supply of insecticide-treated bednets to prevent malaria has

more than doubled in recent years, from 30 million nets in 2004 to 63

million nets in 2006.

-- Global procurement of artemisinin combination therapies, the most

effective treatment for malaria, grew from 3 million doses in 2003 to

100 million in 2006.

To help build on this progress, Mr. and Mrs. Gates called on U.S. presidential candidates to commit to supporting the President's Malaria Initiative, a $1.2 billion effort launched by President Bush in 2005. Mr. Gates said, "If you win this office, you will inherit a record commitment to fighting malaria. The world needs you to sustain it and enhance it. Malaria will never be eradicated without the full support of the President of the United States."

Research Progress on New Vaccines, Drugs, and Insecticides

Mr. Gates cited the "extraordinary breadth of research underway in medicines, vaccines, and other control tools" as another reason for new optimism in the malaria fight. Examples of recent scientific progress by Gates Foundation grantees include the following:

-- Vaccines: New study results from the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative,

published today by The Lancet, show that the experimental malaria

vaccine RTS,S is safe and may significantly reduce risk of malaria

infection in infants. In the study of 200 infants, the vaccine

reduced new infections by 65% over three-and-a-half months. A large-

scale Phase III trial of the vaccine will begin next year in 10

African trial sites.

-- Medicines: The Medicines for Malaria Venture, which is researching
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