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US President Joe Biden has appointed Indian-origin Raj Panjabi to lead his Malaria Initiative, which is mainly in African and Asian countries.
"After being sworn in this morning, I'm honoured to share that I've been appointed by" Biden as the president's Malaria Coordinator to lead the US president's Malaria Initiative, Panjabi said on Twitter. "I'm grateful for this chance to serve," he added.
He said this mission is personal for him. "My grandparents and parents were infected with malaria while living in India. As a child in Liberia, I fell sick with malaria, and as a doctor serving in Africa, I have seen this disease take too many lives," he said.
"I've seen how" the Malaria Initiative and its partners have responded with resolve in the countries where it operates.
"I've seen the relief on the faces of parents whose children survived malaria because they were treated with medicines and by health workers backed by its support," he said. (PTI)