|April 25th annually is a day for all citizens to remember their responsibility to save lives from malaria. The theme of the 2013 World Malaria Day – Invest in the future, defeat malaria- heralded the international community’s renewed efforts to assess progress towards zero malaria deaths by 2015. Buy-a-Net Malaria Prevention Group is proud to be a member of that community, and will continue to be part of this special day every year until Malaria is eradicated.WorldMalaria Day 2012 marks a decisive juncture in the history of malaria control. Investments in malaria control have created unprecedented momentum and yielded remarkable returns in the past years. Deaths from malaria have fallen by 25% since the year 2000 and in Africa, where 90% of malaria deaths occur, the rate has declined by 33%. These gains must be celebrated and must also be sustained.Despite the current economic climate, development aid needs to continue flowing to national malaria control programs to ensure widespread population access to life-saving and cost-effective interventions.
Long-term success will also depend on investments in on-going research and development to combat emerging threats such as parasite resistance.
Sustaining malaria control efforts is an investment in development. Continued investment in malaria control now will propel malaria-endemic countries along the path to achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, especially those relating to improving child survival and maternal health, eradicating extreme poverty and expanding access to education.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease and yet 660,000 people die annually from malaria most of whom are children under the age of 5. Half of the world’s population-3.3 billion people are at risk.
Malaria continues to kill more young children than any other single disease, claiming the life of a child every 45 seconds. Pregnant women are also most vulnerable. Malaria is a maternal and child health global concern.
World Malaria Day represents a chance for all of us to make a difference. Whether you are a government, a company, a foundation or an individual, you can help end malaria and help generate broad gains in health, human and economic development.
Increased, predictable and sustained funding is critical to continuing to save lives and sustain current gains – we will backslide if momentum is lost. Improved access to malaria prevention, accurate diagnostics and appropriate treatment are critical to saving lives and reducing the risk of drug resistance.
Malaria control is a highly cost-effective child health intervention, representing one of today’s best investments in global health.
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As a member of the Alliance for Malaria Prevention, Buy-a-Net remains informed and abreast of the challenges, and the latest news on the fight against malaria. You can depend on Buy-a-Net to share what we know with you, to keep you up-to-date on what your efforts and support are doing to save lives from malaria.
The Honourable Mobina Jaffer, Q.C. recognizes the success of Buy-a-Net Malaria Prevention Group’s work in the Senate on World Malaria Day, April 25, 2013.