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Rep. Meeks Supports Appointment of Dr. Staley as the Global Malaria Coordinator of PMI

April 11, 2018
Press Release
"For my own part, I look forward to joining my colleagues on Capitol Hill in providing Dr. Staley and the PMI with ample funding and support, so that we can finally eradicate malaria once and for all..."

 

Rep. Meeks Supports Appointment of Dr. Staley as the Global Malaria Coordinator of PMI

Washington, D.C.—Following the appointment of Dr. Kenneth William Staley as U.S. Global Coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-chair of the House Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, released the following statement:

“With academic preparation and a distinguished career in public health, Dr. Staley is eminently qualified to carry on PMI’s outstanding legacy. As PMI is being expanded to cover over half a billion people, it will be no easy task, but I believe Dr. Staley is equipped to lead the program to continued success.

“Since its inception in 2005, the PMI is a sterling example of America’s capacity to change the world for the better when we lead. The results speak for themselves: millions of children are alive today due to the efforts of PMI and other partners.

“It’s no wonder that the PMI continues to receive broad, bipartisan support. That President Trump has appointed Dr. Staley to this position while many vacancies remain is substantial; I hope it indicates that this administration will strive to eliminate malaria, just as Democratic and Republican administrations have previously.

“For my own part, I look forward to joining my colleagues on Capitol Hill in providing Dr. Staley and the PMI with ample funding and support, so that we can finally eradicate malaria once and for all.”

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Earlier this year, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks led a letter to appropriators requesting that the Presidential Malaria Initiative be funded at $755 million in FY19.