Jeremy Lefroy MP encourages more Parliaments to set up special interest groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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Jeremy Lefroy MP

Member of Parliament for the Stafford constituency

Release Date: 24th October 2013

 Jeremy Lefroy MP attends meeting with US Senator and encourages more Parliaments to set up special interest groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Whilst in Washington DC for the annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) met with the co-chair of the US Senate working group on Malaria and NTDs- Senator Roger Wicker along with the Global Network’s Neeraj Mistry and Mr. Ibrahim Souleymane MP from the National Assembly of Niger.

They discussed the huge economic burden these diseases have, especially in African countries and explored opportunities to partner together in the future to continue to build and maintain commitment amongst parliamentarians and senators to progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs across the globe.

Jeremy Lefroy commented:

 “It was a great honour to meet Senator Wicker together with Neeraj Mistry and Mr. Ibrahim Souleymane MP. We discussed how the US senate and UK parliament groups on Malaria and NTDs could work more closely together and agreed to jointly encourage more Parliaments to set up similar groups as we have seen how effective they are in our own countries. I welcome the US Government’s commitment to tackling malaria and NTDs in particular the ground breaking President’s Malaria Initiative set up by former President George W. Bush which together with the UK’s commitment in this area has made so much difference to funding work on NTDs over the past decade.”