U.S. Government Commitment Statement at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Malaria Summit

Apr 25, 2018 |

The U.S. Government will maintain its commitments to the global effort to eliminate malaria. We continue to be the largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and have invested $755 million for the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) and $206 million through the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services in fiscal year 2018. These sustained, substantial investments signal the United States' continued high-level commitment and leadership in the fight to end malaria.

Through PMI, the U.S. Government recently announced plans for a five-country expansion that adds new programs in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger and Siena Leone, which increases our reach to 24 malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, PMI supports Burma, Cambodia, and a regional program in the Greater Mekong sub-region to tackle the challenge of resistance to antimalarial drug resistance.

The American people, through PMI, invest in national plans, which have resulted in strengthening local health systems and building capacity and expertise, while also improving services to prevent and treat malaria. PMI continues to fill gaps and deliver emergency shipments of life-saving commodities in times of great need.

A significant portion of PMI's financial and technical support focuses on engaging communities to participate, themselves, in controlling malaria, addressing gaps in supply-chain management, training and supervising health workers, strengthening  laboratory  services and monitoring disease-surveillance systems.

On April 9, 2018, President Donald Trump named Dr. Kenneth Staley as the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. Dr. Staley looks forward to working with the governments and civil-society organizations in many Commonwealth countries to make further progress against malaria.

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