The Sept. 30 ELCA Malaria Campaign blog post, “Swatting out malaria,” featured United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports stating that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015 had been met “convincingly.” To celebrate this achievement, global leaders, diplomats and health experts gathered at the United Nations this past Friday.
During the gathering, the strides already made against malaria were used as evidence that malaria interventions work and can indeed bring about an end to malaria. Mogens Lykketoft, the president of the U.N. General Assembly, lifted up the MGD achievement as a one that “provides bold inspiration to all nations that seek to create a healthy environment for their children and adults.” Lykketoft concluded by calling on member states to keep engaging in malaria work, saying, “We can and we must eliminate malaria by 2030.”
Eradicating malaria is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by the United Nations in September of this year. In line with the SDG’s continued commitment to eliminate the disease, we too continue the work to make malaria history.
This post was written using information from an article by the United Nations.
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