UNICEF e-newsletter

The fight against malaria worldwide 12 May 2005

Last week, UNICEF and the World Health Organization released the first-ever ‘World Malaria Report’ at UNICEF headquarters.

In the words of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, the numbers in the report are "astounding and unacceptable." Despite being a preventable and curable disease, malaria infects between 350 and 500 million people every year. More than 1 million people – the vast majority of them children under 5 years of age – die from malaria each year. And in sub-Saharan Africa, malaria kills a child every 30 seconds.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We have the tools and knowledge to combat malaria worldwide. Insecticide-treated bed nets can help reduce malarial infection by 50 per cent in many areas. Anti-malarial drugs can play a critical role in saving children’s lives. And more money can be invested in research to find a malaria vaccine.

As UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam says, "There is now no excuse for failing so many children."

Every day, UNICEF works around the globe to provide access to treatments and preventive measures that combat malaria. And we’re working every day to build global consensus about the need to get tough in the fight against malaria – with the goal of cutting the world’s malaria burden in half by 2010.

You can play a crucial role in helping us reach that goal – and saving children’s lives – simply by forwarding this email to your friends, colleagues and family. Ask them to stay informed about UNICEF’s efforts to protect children worldwide by joining our email list. They can join by clicking the link on the right.

Thank you for helping us spread the word.

For every child
Health, Education, Equality, Protection

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A mother airs out a bed net in Chatawi, Malawi. Insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce malaria illness by 50 percent in many areas.

Video: Launch of the ‘World Malaria Report’  
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