President Barack Obama visits with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry in the Oval Office, Feb. 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Yesterday, the White House launched the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) strategy for 2015-2020 with our special guest, Steph Curry, a malaria champion who also happens to be a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. Steph inspires legions around the world with his basketball skills, including those of us sports fans here in the White House. We were thrilled to have him speak about his passionate efforts—including at and around his alma mater, Davidson College—to raise awareness of and resources for malaria prevention, the results of which he saw firsthand in Tanzania.
It was also a pleasure to host Admiral Tim Ziemer, the Coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative. His entire career has been defined by a commitment to service to his country. His leadership and steady hand have been a key ingredient to the success of the battle against malaria.
The battle against malaria is also a battle against complacency. It’s a disease that exacts a terrible toll, taking the lives of children, babies; endangering the pregnancies of mothers and the health of newborns; and keeping children out of school and parents out of work. In 2013, an estimated 437,000 deaths occurred in children under 5 years of age in Africa , accounting for 83 percent of the total malaria deaths in the Africa Region, and 96 percent of all malaria deaths in children under five globally.
That is a still shocking number of deaths each year among our most vulnerable—dying from a preventable disease. Read More…
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