Secretary Clinton Honors World Malaria Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 24, 2009
Secretary Clinton's World Malaria Day Message on YouTube

Secretary Clinton delivers a video statement in honor of World Malaria Day.

World Malaria Day is recognized on April 25. Every year, between 300 and 500 million people suffer the effects of malaria. The disease claims more than one million lives annually, and 90% of its victims are children. Together with its terrible human toll, the effects of malaria hurt educational achievement, worker productivity, and economic development. It afflicts the impoverished, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and is itself a source of poverty.

In honor of World Malaria Day, Secretary Clinton calls to attention the effects of this disease and reaffirms U.S. commitment to curb the spread of the disease and work with global partners to end malaria as a major public health threat. You may watch or read the Secretary's statement.

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Mischa
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District Of Columbia, USA
April 24, 2009

Mischa in Washington, DC writes:

It is important to be aware of the medical issues that impact everyone.

Zharkov
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United States
April 24, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

I'm not sure how much honor is required for a "Malaria Day" celebration -- do we have any left over from "Abu Ghraib Day" and "Guantanamo Day"?

Not that there is anything wrong with torturing mosquitos, but shouldn't we be honoring the Geneva Convention and Nuremburg principles when it comes to prisoners?

Our State Department proclaims itself the conscience of the world and global moral authority, so I think our government must act on allegations of torture and investigate, exonerate, or convict, but actually do something.

We lead by example, whether we want to or not.

The world is watching us to see if we do something about our war crimes. Will they overlook our waterboarding their citizens if we kill their mosquitos for them?

Can we make that kind of deal?

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
April 24, 2009

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton -- thank you for your compelling, thoughtful comments. I think you have been doing a wonderful job as Secretary of State and am thankful you are using your position to raise the awareness of this horrible disease. It is not just about people's health, it is about a disease that holds societies back. It is important that you said that. Thank you!

miloudi y.
April 24, 2009

Yassine writes:

hi america and hi rodham. live america live america and i sead live america

Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
April 24, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Thanks, Hillary, for calling attention to this. I know you care deeply about this issue. Mosquito nets can be very prohibitively expensive for people in vector regions, but there are many organizations that can provide nets to people for free based on donations. We should all help provide this simple defense against malaria as well as against the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever that proliferates in the same regions.

You are doing a beautiful job, Hillary!

Terry G.
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Connecticut, USA
April 25, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

Been a while since i been on Dipnote. Bravo Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the malaria issue. Also kudos for pushing back against that gop congressman on slamming President Obama on the Foriegn Relations Hearing the other day.

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