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Senate Committee Approves Malaria Resolution

On May 20, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved, by voice vote, a resolution supporting World Malaria Day (S. Res. 426).

Sponsored by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), the resolution recognizes that “young children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to, and disproportionately affected by, malaria” and that “malaria poses great risks to maternal and neonatal health, causing complications during delivery, anemia, and low birth weights, with estimates that malaria causes approximately 10,000 cases of maternal deaths and over 200,000 infant deaths annually in Africa.”

Among other provisions, the resolution “commends the recent progress made toward reducing global malaria morbidity, mortality, and prevalence, particularly through the efforts of the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.”

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