Guest contributors Dr. Carlos C. (Kent) Campbell and Bindiya Patel wrote this post to commemorate World Malaria Day. Kent is leader of our Malaria Control Program. Bindiya is a strategy officer at PATH.
Ending malaria is a priority at PATH, and we are proud to be a key contributor to an emerging global campaign that is intensifying the control of malaria illnesses and deaths around the world.
PATH’s portfolio of malaria programs has grown exponentially since our first malaria projects were launched in the 1990s. The span of our program experience, expertise, and available technologies has expanded to meet the rising opportunity to stop transmission of malaria infections altogether.
PATH now employs 115 staff across a diverse portfolio of malaria projects, working with 29 countries and a combined annual budget of $79 million. We take a multipronged approach in fighting the disease through optimizing the use of current strategies and technologies, developing the next generation of tools, and working with countries to demonstrate how to rapidly bring down childhood and maternal deaths from malaria—with the ultimate goal of eliminating the disease community by community.
We can’t stop at malaria control
Not only is PATH’s goal to intensify the development of strategies and tools to reduce the burden of malaria and build toward the eventual elimination of the disease, our experiences over the years have shown us that this must be the long-term goal of all malaria programs, partners, and endemic countries.
Defeating malaria—and forever ending the well-documented risk of resurgence—is the only long-term goal. Some may argue that sustained control of the spread of malaria is more feasible or cheaper, but simply put, malaria control is not and cannot be an endpoint. Rather, it is part of the natural evolution of malaria programs as they move from an initial phase of scaling up efforts to achieving significant reductions in malaria illnesses and deaths and eventually clearing malaria infections in all people. Continue reading