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Bill and Melinda Gates Applaud Progress Against Malaria While Urging Renewed Effort
Date:10/18/2011

& Melinda Gates Foundation, challenged the malaria community to be smarter, faster, and more ambitious. "If we think big, bring more partners into the fold, and take smart risks, we will invent entirely new tools—powerful ways of fighting malaria that don't exist now," explained Mr. Gates. "This is the kind of innovation that will enable us to plan for the eventual eradication of malaria."

When Mr. and Mrs. Gates first called on the global community to chart a course for the long-term eradication of malaria at the Malaria Forum four years ago, the world took notice. Today, Mr. Gates reaffirmed the foundation's commitment to eradication, urging public and private partners to increase their investments.  

"Eradication is an ambitious goal—and a long-term goal. It is also a goal to which we remain 100 percent committed," added Mr. Gates.  "It will take leadership, innovation, and money to plan for malaria's eventual eradication."

Notable Scientific Advancement Reported

The first interim results from phase III trials of the RTS,S vaccine were announced today at the forum. Among five- to 17-month-old children, the vaccine prevented clinical malaria in 56 percent of trial participants over a period of one year. It prevented severe malaria in 47 percent.

Mr. Gates deemed this discovery a "huge milestone" in the fight against malaria, as RTS,S is the first vaccine against a parasitic disease.

"First, this is proof that it is possible to create a vaccine that is effective against malaria," explained Mr. Gates. "Second, if further results show that the effectiveness of RTS,S does not wane over time it has the potential to protect millions of children and save thousands of lives."

Work is already underway to develop the next generation of vaccines that will provide greater and longer lasting protection and will be even more effective in stopping malaria transmission.

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