Malaria World has become a broad and wonderful forum for exchanging information on malaria, with about 7,000 members, coming into 2013. And lately there have been many items relevant to the big fight against malaria in Africa. These items have come from all over the world; the latest exciting one being the contribution by the people from Southern Africa who are showing us the way.
But there are important groups who are noticeable for their absence.
I don't recall seeing any contributions to these discussions about malaria by people from the major funding agencies:
the Global Fund,
the Gates Foundation
Nor have I seen contributions from the people guiding the operational programs in Africa, namely Rob Newman of WHO or Tim Zeimer of the USPMI.
For a New Year's Resolution, could we explore ways to draw them into our global discussion of the fight against malaria?
Perhaps we could invite some of these key players to submit editorials, outlining their hopes for the coming years? Or their suggestions on how we could help them in 2013?
The huge reserve of African scientists, physicians and health workers hooked into MalariaWorld are resources they could tap for free.
Frankly, they need our help.