Toespraak van Prinses Astrid - Malariabestrijding - Indonesië

  • 12/04/2012
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(Tekst beschikbaar alleen in het Engels)

 

Mr. Vice President,

Coordinating Minister,

Ministers,

Mr Vice-Minister of Health,

Excellencies,

Honorable Guests,

 

The fight against malaria is recognized by the United Nations as one of the key Millennium Development Goals.

Fighting this devastating disease is therefore a global responsibility.

Your country, Indonesia, takes its own responsibility in this global effort.

With the world's fourth biggest population and as a leading Asian nation, Indonesia joins the UN in helping to achieve, by 2015, the Millennium Development Goals.

I am delighted to be in Jakarta this evening for the launch of your national partnership forum. And I congratulate you for this important initiative.

As Special Representative for the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership, I am sensitive to the effect malaria has on the world's most vulnerable - pregnant women and children.

It disrupts communities and wrecks lives.

It costs governments and societies billions of dollars in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Health is the building block of all development, and when we invest in fighting malaria, we invest in communities.

Mr. Vice President, Ministers :

This meeting today is evidence of your investment in the future generations of your beautiful country.

Partnerships are powerful, and I believe they have never been more important than in the fight against malaria.

No single government or organization can overcome this powerful killer but together, when we join our efforts, I really believe we can do it.

We are supported in this belief by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is a fervent advocate of the importance of partnerships for development.

We must continue working hand in hand, to bring hope to communities and to fight malaria in even the most remote areas.

I'm excited, therefore, to visit Bandar Lampung later this week and to see with my own eyes the great work being done by your own health workers and your authorities,

in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Global Fund.

During my travels with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, I have seen the power of simple solutions like insecticide-treated nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, accurate diagnostics and appropriate treatments.

These tools help to fight poverty, reduce school absenteeism and improve maternal and child health.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

While global funding for malaria reached very high levels in 2010, there is still a gap of $3.2 billion dollars. Additionally, we face the very real threat of resistance to antimalarial drugs, that puts at risk all the gains we have achieved so far.

It is clear, therefore, that we are at a critical stage in the fight against malaria.

I am confident that Indonesia will show global leadership in the fight against malaria,

by placing this issue at the top of the agenda of ASEAN, the G-20 and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

We also need Indonesia's help in promoting the plan of the World Health Organization

to prevent resistance to anti-malaria medicine.

Now more than ever, we must work together to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts.

This Forum, Mr Vice-President, is a wonderful example of partnership and cooperation.

I thank your country for your bold commitment to our joint cause.

Thank you for your attention.