We need to diversify how we fund the global fight against diseases like Malaria. The term of art for this is "innovative financing for development." The UN has a laboratory for this named Unitaid, and they deserve to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Malaria is by far the biggest killer here in Liberia. The entire country – from Monrovia city center to the border regions — is considered malaria endemic. Prevention and treatment of malaria is among the country's most pressing public health challenge.
I'm heading to Liberia this week on a global health reporting project. I will accompany a delegation from UNITAID, a World Health Organization affiliated program that gives grants to governments and NGOs to implement HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB and other health projects in the developing world.