The future of the fight against malaria

Leopoldo Villegas on next steps in the global fight against malaria.

Malaria has not made the headlines lately — does that mean we’re winning the fight against the disease?

Leopoldo Villegas, one of the most seasoned malaria experts in the world, talks about lingering challenges in the global fight against the mosquito-borne infectious disease in an interview with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar.

In our video interview, Villegas also predicts which countries will struggle the most to end malaria, and how globalization and drug resistance may complicate that fight.

Villegas, who has contracted malaria more than 20 times, currently serves as senior infectious diseases specialist with ICF International. He spoke with Kumar on the fringes of last month’s Devex Partnerships & Career Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Click on the above video to hear Villegas’s take on how a “mix” of targeted interventions can offset potential funding gaps in the fight against malaria.

Want to learn more? Check out the Healthy Means campaign site and tweet us using #HealthyMeans.

Healthy Means is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Concern Worldwide, Gavi, GlaxoSmithKline, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Population Fund to showcase new ideas and ways we can work together to expand health care and live better lives.

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