Issues

Companies, Foundations & PPPs

Companies such as BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Marathon Oil support successful malaria control programs, preventing and treating the disease for all inhabitants in and around their operations.  For these companies, the disease harms productivity to such a degree that comprehensive programs are a good investment and improve their "bottom line."  Companies have also begun to recognize the value in exchanging information and experience on malaria control with each other, as exemplified by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Foundations have a critical role to play in supporting new research, effective control programs and advocacy for malaria control. The Rockefeller Foundation has contributed enormously to malaria eradication and control efforts since the mid-20th century. Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private financier of malaria control worldwide, having committed $766 million through 2006. The newly created Princess of Africa Foundation, led by UNICEF Regional Spokeswoman Yvonne Chaka Chaka, promotes transparency and accountability for donor-financed malaria control programs.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) like the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative combine public agency with private expertise to implement effective malaria control programs. Other PPPs such as Medicines for Malaria Venture and NetMark leverage public funds to develop commercial production and distribution of anti-malarial drugs and insecticide-treated nets, respectively. 

Governments cannot control malaria alone. While they have the authority, they often lack the resources, experience and technical expertise to mobilize efforts against the disease. Further, malaria control should not create systems of dependency, but enable productivity, wealth creation and ultimately access to private healthcare.

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