Lynne Featherstone: World Malaria Day: International Community Needs To Sustain Commitment To Tackle MalariaPosted: April 26, 2013
We are doing our bit. I’m in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, one of the worst-affected countries in the world. Here malaria is responsible for a third of all deaths and 97% of people live in high risk areas. Children under five experience an average of between six to ten episodes of malaria per year. That’s why today, on World Malaria Day, I am announcing a major new UK anti-malaria programme that will protect around six million people in the DRC from the disease and result in approximately 2.5 million fewer episodes of malaria amongst children under five every year.
The UK will not stand on the sidelines while millions suffer from this entirely preventable and treatable disease. It’s time for the international community to come together yet again and keep up their commitments. We need another decade of action against malaria. The prize could be another million lives saved.
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