Senate Forms Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
We are excited by the recent announcement that the Senate Malaria Working Group is expanding to a Congressional Caucus. An announcement by co-chairs Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) last week confirmed the formation of a caucus that will focus on 17 neglected tropical diseases including malaria.
“Malaria and other neglected tropical diseases continue to wreak havoc on the lives and economies of numerous countries around the world,” Senator Coons said in an media release. “Malaria and the seven most common neglected tropical diseases cause nearly two million deaths globally each year. Malaria alone causes more than $12 billion in lost productivity, and costs many African nations more than 40 percent of their health care budget. There have been a number of inroads made to combat these diseases in recent years, thanks largely to global efforts led by the United States. I am proud to join Senator Wicker in underscoring our commitment for this issue and continuing to support U.S. efforts to prevent the spread of all tropical diseases.”
Senator Wicker echoed the sentiment of Senator Coons saying, “These diseases strike the most vulnerable around the world at a staggering rate. Many Americans who travel to affected regions, including our troops serving overseas, have been afflicted. Great strides have been made to increase prevention and improve treatment options for malaria and other tropical diseases, but much work remains. Raising awareness for efforts to address these diseases is critical to eliminating their terrible threat.”
Stay tuned to learn more about the exciting news and to follow the development of this important caucus.September 24, 2012