Today, Bill and Melinda Gates each addressed attendees of the Malaria Forum, celebrating progress while urging the malaria community to remain vigilant in their fight.
“Eradicating malaria will take commitment. Not a commitment simply to reduce malaria deaths, or eliminate malaria from certain regions. Those are important milestones—but they are only milestones. A commitment to eradication means a commitment to intensifying the effort as fewer and fewer people get infected. It is counter-intuitive, but absolutely essential.
We understand the risks of declaring a goal of eradication. We understand the mistakes of the past and the obstacles of today. But your work gives us confidence and makes us optimistic.”
–Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation