Senator Coons' Blog upon Receipt of the Malaria Vision Award


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Senator Coons receives Malaria Vision Award

Over 650,000 people died of malaria in 2010, according to the World Health Organization, even though the disease is both curable and preventable. As co-chair of the Malaria Working Group in the U.S. Senate, Senator Coons is working hard to end senseless malaria deaths, the majority of which are suffered by children under five years old.

On Thursday morning, the Malaria No More Policy Center honored Chris and his co-chair of the Malaria Working Group, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with their Malaria Vision Award at the Fourth Annual Malaria Champions Breakfast in Washington. The award recognizes those who assist in the battle against malaria and who advocate a bold policy to help combat the disease.

“Today we commend the ongoing leadership and commitment of the awardees, and recognize the many contributions of the U.S. Government to the malaria fight,” Dr. David Bowen, Malaria No More CEO, said in apress release. “Through the continued innovations in research and development, we have the potential to save millions of lives around the world and finally put an end to malaria deaths.”

“I am honored to accept this award alongside my friend Senator Wicker,” Chris said. “As co-chairs of the Malaria Working Group, we are committed to continuing to fight for the full scope of resources necessary to end senseless deaths from malaria. This is an issue that crosses the partisan divide and deserves continued strong, bipartisan support. Whether you live in central Africa or central Delaware, in the 21st century, no one should die of a preventable, treatable disease like malaria.”

To learn more about Senator Coons’ work on malaria, click here.