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Remarks by President Bush on Malaria
Date:2/18/2008

ercentage of infants infected with malaria has dropped from about 20 percent to less than 1 percent.

The campaign to fight malaria has the support of government and private citizens alike. United States schoolchildren have raised money to send bed nets to Africa. Houses of worship have sent their prayers, and their faithful, compassionate men and women who travel here to confront the suffering and heal the sick.

Tanzanian citizens are stepping forward. In one area, residents launched a campaign called Kataa Malaria -- for those who don't speak Swahili, it means "reject malaria." (Laughter.) As part of the campaign, workers went door-to- door to teach people how to use bed nets. They launched TV and radio ads. They spoke in mosques about malaria prevention and treatment.

And their efforts are working. This is a campaign of compassion. This is a practical way to help save lives. It's in the interests of the United States to save lives. And it's in the interests of the Tanzanian government to put forth an effective strategy. Our interests are combined, and our interests are now making a significant effort.

And so on behalf of the United States of America we say, God bless you. (Applause.) And to the Tanzanian government we say, thank you for your efficient and hard work. (Applause.) And so it's been an honor to be with you. Asante. (Applause.)

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