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Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased to open this National Roll Back Malaria Forum, together with the Indonesian authorities. Indonesia has been fighting malaria for years, and has already obtained impressive results. We all know that fighting this disease will help us to lift people out of poverty and to offer them a better life. That is the final goal that brings us together in this room today.
Each of us has a unique and important role to play in the fight against malaria. As I look around the room, I am pleased to see officials, researchers, non-governmental organizations and many other stakeholders. All of us, we have gathered here with one clear goal in mind: to stop deaths from malaria.
In my work with Roll Back Malaria, I've seen the utter devastation that malaria has on communities. But I have also been impressed by the simple, cost-effective tools that produce proven results. Tools like insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying, accurate diagnostics and appropriate treatment thanks to effective research.
We have achieved good results in recent years, but we are also at a critical juncture in our work against malaria. The number of deaths from this disease is still close to 750.000 each year. And there is resistance against antimalarial drugs.
That is why we must sustain and even intensify our efforts, especially in these challenging economic times. And I am convinced that many countries in Asia, and your own country in particular, will play more than a critical role in our global action to control malaria.
As we intensify our fight against malaria, my hope is to see pregnant mothers giving birth to healthy children, children who live to reach their fifth birthdays, who complete school uninterrupted by malaria, and who ultimately turn their triumphs over malaria into continued successes for future generations.
I really believe that with your strong leadership and our intensive partnership, we will together achieve that vision.