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More Funding Needed To Properly Treat, Prevent Malaria Worldwide

“Malaria is an entirely treatable and mostly preventable disease … So why has the world not eradicated it already?” Senator for British Columbia Mobina Jaffer writes in the Huffington Post Canada’s “Impact” blog. She describes the disease and its history, noting, “over 3.3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria because of where they are geographically situated,” with countries in sub-Saharan Africa and India being of “significant concern.” She continues, “There are a variety of reasons [why malaria has not been eradicated], the most obvious of which is funding.”  She states, “In the last few years, current funding has saved an estimated 1.1 million people, but it is not enough,” and she cites statistics about global cases of malaria. “With more funding for research and development of new insecticide and for distribution of preventative tools, the world has the capacity to eradicate this horrific disease from our psyche. The question is, do we have the will to do so?” Jaffer concludes (9/10).