In a just published report, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) economist and international health policy expert Roger Bate and Africa Fighting Malaria’s Kimberly Hess explain that the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) faces stark budget cuts, potentially jeopardizing a successful program.
The report demonstrates:
- Proven Success: Since 2005, the US-led PMI—a $1.2 billion government effort to combat malaria-related deaths in Africa—has successfully cut malaria incidence and child mortality rates, compensated for failures in other global health programs, and kept corruption levels low.
- Facing Cuts With Worse Replacements: Despite its remarkable progress, PMI faces nearly 5 percent budget cuts in fiscal year 2013, though other multilateral programs with more corruption are receiving drastic budget increases.
- Without PMI, Corruption: Without PMI, malaria systems are likely to become more corrupt, especially if funds are redirected via the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to opaque United Nations agencies.
Roger Bate is a resident scholar at AEI who researches international health policy and Kimberly Hess is a researcher with Africa Fighting Malaria.
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