Malaria is a disease of
It is an ancient illness with
a grip on the modern
world. One tiny mosquito bite can transmit
malaria, and huge populations are vulnerable,
especially mothers and children. About a
million people die from it each year; by
December 31, 2008, a population the size of
Baltimore, Md., will have disappeared from
the earth due to this disease.
This preventable and treatable illness
costs Africa billions of dollars in healthcare
and lost productivity each year. The loss
cripples families, health systems, and entire
economies, but it could be controlled –
possibly eradicated – in sub-Saharan Africa
with an investment of $2 billion a year
over the next fi ve years.
But the malaria crisis is not about numbers or
dollars. It’s about husbands, wives, and children
who need a reason to hope for the future.
Fortunately, a non-profi t organization called
Malaria No More understands today’s challenges
and cares very much about tomorrow’s potential.
John Bridgeland, vice-chairman of Malaria
No More, recently told me about a tremendous
opportunity to help. His organization and an
alliance of public and private partners have
launched an ambitious plan to eradicate malaria
across 30 countries … in three to fi ve years.
The plan is twofold: raising public awareness
in the U.S. and putting help on the ground in
Africa with insecticide-treated mosquito nets for
beds, medicines, and human resources.
One $10 donation provides a life-saving
bed net for a family – delivered as part of a
comprehensive approach to controlling malaria
through education, prevention, and treatment. An
investment of $1.5 million could save 150,000
lives. The return on this investment is greater than
lives fi lled with hope – it is an unprecedented
opportunity for liberty and prosperity to take
hold in an important part of the world.
Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah
and I were
inspired by this news, and we wanted to help.
Along with the Kuwait-America Foundation, we
decided to make Malaria No More the benefi ciary
of our fourth annual gala dinner, “Stand for Africa,”
which will be held on March 12 at our residence
in Washington. To date, the foundation has raised
more than $1.5 million for the cause.
First Lady Laura Bush
and Secretary of State
will be the honored guests at the
gala; legendary Grammy award-winning Senegalese
artist Youssou N’Dour
will perform; and PBS’s
will serve as master of ceremonies.
Soon, Malaria No More will lead the
international health community in a 36-month
plan to expand malaria control in Africa. This
approach will combine the best practices of
public health with the best ideas from the
private sector. With the support of partners such
as the Kuwait-America Foundation, this effort
could save 3.5 million lives and increase annual
economic output by as much as $30 billion in
Africa over the next fi ve years.
My husband and I take great pride in
working with Malaria No More and advancing
the promise of a malaria-free world. We envision
a hopeful future; a future in which the children
of Africa will no longer be condemned to
illness or death from this disease but will live to
develop their own potential and make their own
contributions to society. With continued support,
together we can make malaria no more.