In the fight to eliminate malaria in the Mekong, everyday heroes keep their communities healthy. Saw Zar Li is one. He, along with an army of more than 20,000 like him across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, are on the front lines battling one of the world’s oldest killers. Their weapons are mosquito nets and rapid diagnostic tests. They dispense quality-assured medicine and good advice. With support from the Global Fund, they are helping to find and treat cases in remote places where health centers are few and far between – and with cases of drug-resistant malaria on the rise across the region, there is not a moment to lose.

Read more about the Global Fund’s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative. Projected to total more than US$242 million over three years, it’s the Global Fund’s largest regional grant, and the first with the defined goal of disease elimination from a specific geography.