New Website MalariaFreeFuture.org Offers Real-Life Success Stories on Malaria

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MalariaFreeFuture.org highlights effective ways of combating the deadly disease by sharing success stories of organizations fighting against malaria.

In advance of the White House Summit on malaria, MalariaFreeFuture.org features stories on how governments, NGOs, businesses, and faith organizations are succeeding in the fight against malaria.

Malaria is a global emergency affecting mostly poor women and children -- one of whom dies every 30 seconds, in Africa, Asia, and Latin America -- that perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in the developing world. Thursday, the White House will host a summit to draw national attention to the problem of malaria. The MalariaFreeFuture.org Web site offers profiles of highly successful programs that work to reduce the impact of this preventable and treatable infectious disease.

In addition, the site features a blog from malaria expert William Brieger, entitled "Malaria Matters," which tracks issues like funding for malaria programs, successful projects, and barriers to successful implementation. The blog will also include guest authors from the field.

Quote: Kim Martin, Adovacy Director at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs' Global Program on Malaria "This week, as world leaders spotlight malaria, we hope they turn to http://www.MalariaFreeFuture.org to find real-life examples of successful programs that fight malaria. These stories show how governments, businesses, faith organizations and NGOs all play a role in this fight. Strong coordination and partnerships at the country level ensure that proven prevention and treatment tools are made available and appropriately used. Success happens when everyone works together to fight this disease.

About VOICES

VOICES for a Malaria-Free Future is designed to educate policymakers about effective programs and strategies for malaria control by highlighting highlights successful anti-malaria efforts and evidence-based results. VOICES includes advocacy projects in four developing countries -- Ghana, Kenya, Mali, and Mozambique -- that promote progress made against malaria while also breaking down policy barriers that hamper effective prevention and control.

At the global level, VOICES works with donor country leaders, policymakers, opinion leaders, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), multilateral funding agencies, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), global health advocates, existing malaria stakeholders, the private sector, the faith-based community, the research and development community, and the media. VOICES also closely tracks global funding trends from a variety of sources, such as the World Bank, GFATM, governments, and other donors.

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