World Malaria Day is a reminder that as the world battles with COVID-19, we still haven’t beaten a much older pandemic. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that has plagued humanity for millennia and still kills over 400,000 people per year – mainly children under 5. In fact, that grim number will almost certainly have increased in 2020 and will do so again in 2021, as COVID-19 has severely disrupted malaria testing and treatment services in many of the most affected countries.
When a storm hits, it helps for your house to have a strong foundation. The Global Fund has been investing in strengthening systems for health over the last two decades, because without a good foundation, we cannot end diseases.
How can country dialogues occur during the COVID-19 pandemic when most in-person meetings are prohibited? Can they take place virtually and still be inclusive, representative and most importantly, impactful? Indonesia shows the virtual way.
The recent surge of positive COVID-19 vaccine developments has sent waves of relief throughout a pandemic-weary world. However, no matter how effective these vaccines are, they will not be enough to end this global pandemic—and for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities, they won’t arrive fast enough.