As the devastation from the earthquake in Nepal becomes clearer, we have seen an incredible response from the U.S. government, American NGOs and the business community. Terrible events like this remind us of the critical role our nation plays in humanitarian response around the world. Here’s a quick snapshot of the life-saving efforts of our government, USGLC members, and partners in Nepal.
For hundreds of millions of people in the developing world, the threat of malaria is both real and constant. Though we have known how to prevent and treat the disease for over a hundred years, more than 500,000 people still died from malaria in 2013. Young children and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to this entirely curable illness. Yet World Malaria Day also celebrates the incredible gains the world has made against this disease. Deaths have fallen 47 percent globally since 2000 and four countries have been declared malaria-free in the last eight years. Mosquito nets and advanced treatment therapies have played critical roles in fighting the infection.