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  • Senators Coons announces bipartisan caucus on combating malaria and neglected tropical diseases

    Senator Coons and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced on Friday the expansion of the Senate Malaria Working Group, which they co-chair, to become a Congressional caucus that will focus on efforts to stem the global tide of 17 neglected tropical diseases including malaria.

    Chris formally announced the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at a reception hosted by the United States Agency for International Development on Wednesday evening.

    “Malaria and other neglected tropical diseases continue to wreak havoc on the lives and economies of numerous countries around the world,” Chris said. “Malaria and the seven most common neglected tropical diseases cause nearly two million deaths globally each year. I am proud to join Senator Wicker in underscoring our commitment for this issue and continuing to support U.S. efforts to prevent the spread of all tropical diseases.”

    Malaria, an infectious blood disease spread by mosquitoes, is most prevalent in the developing world, with 90 percent of deaths occurring in Africa.  The majority of those killed are pregnant women and children under five years old.  The 17 neglected tropical diseases impact more than one billion people, including 500 million children in the world’s poorest countries.
     

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  • Senator Coons receives Malaria Vision Award

    Over 650,000 people died of malaria in 2010, according to the World Health Organization, even though the disease is both curable and preventable. As co-chair of the Malaria Working Group in the U.S. Senate, Senator Coons is working hard to end senseless malaria deaths, the majority of which are suffered by children under five years old.

    On Thursday morning, the Malaria No More Policy Center honored Chris and his co-chair of the Malaria Working Group, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with their Malaria Vision Award at the Fourth Annual Malaria Champions Breakfast in Washington. The award recognizes those who assist in the battle against malaria and who advocate a bold policy to help combat the disease.  

    “Today we commend the ongoing leadership and commitment of the awardees, and recognize the many contributions of the U.S. Government to the malaria fight,” Dr. David Bowen, Malaria No More CEO, said in a press release. “Through the continued innovations in research and development, we have the potential to save millions of lives around the world and finally put an end to malaria deaths.”

    “I am honored to accept this award alongside my friend Senator Wicker,” Chris said. “As co-chairs of the Malaria Working Group, we are committed to continuing to fight for the full scope of resources necessary to end senseless deaths from malaria. This is an issue that crosses the partisan divide and deserves continued strong, bipartisan support. Whether you live in central Africa or central Delaware, in the 21st century, no one should die of a preventable, treatable disease like malaria.”

    To learn more about Senator Coons’ work on malaria, click here.

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  • Senator Coons to co-chair Malaria Working Group

    Today, Senator Coons announced that he will co-chair the bipartisan Senate Working Group on Malaria with Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The goal of the Working Group is to raise awareness in Congress of global efforts to combat the spread and effects of malaria, in particular U.S. government efforts through agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Malaria is an infectious disease of the blood that is mostly spread through mosquitos. It is most prevalent in the developing world, with nine out of ten malaria deaths occurring in Africa. Chris was named Chair of the African Affairs Foreign Relations Subcommittee in February.

    “During my time studying and working in Africa,” Chris said, “I witnessed first-hand the havoc that malaria has on villages, especially on women, children, and those most in need and susceptible. Three million people die yearly from this preventable disease. The best way to improve life expectancy and engage in effective prevention efforts is to empower communities and governments with the tools and resources they need to save the lives of their people.”

    Click here to learn more about malaria and ways you can help.

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