Thank Australian Foreign Minister for Fighting Malaria

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Target: Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Goal: Thank Mr. Carr for committing to fight malaria in the Pacific

Bob Carr, Australia’s Foreign Minister, recently reaffirmed his country’s pledge to eradicate malaria in the region, committing AUD $100 million to fighting the disease. Carr hopes to cut cases of malaria by 75% over the next four years; the money will be distributed over the same time period.

The majority of the money will be spent on various treatments, diagnostic tests, and one of the most effective methods of preventing the disease: mosquito nets. In addition to this, a portion of the money will go towards researching drug-resistant strains, while another portion will fund malaria prevention in Pacific islands such as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Carr has repeatedly avowed his dedication to eradicating malaria and estimates that these new efforts could save up to 70,000 people from dying of malaria by 2015.

The mosquito-borne disease afflicts well over 200 million people globally every year, and is the cause of up to a million deaths every year. The exact number of malaria related fatalities are not known. There is no vaccine for the disease; however, it is quite manageable and preventable given the proper resources. Unfortunately, in many areas where the disease is the most prevalent, those resources just are not there. Bob Carr’s sizeable commitment will help to change that. Thank Mr. Carr for his contribution and humanitarianism. Do not let this good deed go unnoticed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Foreign Minister Carr,

Annually, malaria strikes over 200 million people across the globe. Approximately 1 million of those stricken die as a result of the disease. The malaria epidemic runs rampant through some of the world’s most impoverished countries, including Australia’s neighbors in the south Pacific. However, fighting malaria is not hard; it simply takes the commitment. You recently made that commitment when you dedicated a sizeable sum of money to combating the disease.

The money that your nation has committed to fighting malaria will undoubtedly be put to good use. The purchasing of anti-viral drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and most importantly, mosquito nets, will be of invaluable aid in the detection, treatment, and prevention of malaria. The research of the drug-resistant strains of the disease that will be funded will bring about a better understanding of malaria, and the money that is going directly to other nations malaria programs will similarly be of great help.

Malaria is a scourge affecting the entire globe, and an enemy that all nations must help to fight. You have said yourself that malaria can be eradicated and many agree with you. The money you have pledged is expected to slash malaria rates in the Pacific by as much as 75%. If that is not a good start than nothing is.

You have helped to save tens of thousands of lives. This humanitarian effort will hopefully be remembered for decades to come by the public; but even if it is forgotten it will save lives and improve the quality of life for countless people in communities in need of help. You have done a truly remarkable thing, Minister Carr, and on behalf of the international community I thank you for it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ken Doerr via flickr

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