Remarkable Progress, but Long Way to Go to Beating Infectious Diseases

May 29, 2015 | Devex

U.S. efforts to eliminate malaria really took off with the President's Malaria Initiative. Between 2005 and 2013, PMI distributed over 80 million insecticide-treated nets, over 65 million rapid diagnosis tests, and over 185 million treatments, as well as protected over 17 million pregnant women with preventive drugs.

The U.S. also helps with important research and development. Then U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped eliminate malaria from the country in 1951 and continues to work with the U.S. Agency for International Development to combat malaria around the globe and prevent it from returning to the United States. The National Institutes of Health provide funding and expertise for research and strategies to fight the disease.

But the real question is, does it work? Is our money spent wisely, and are we getting results?

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