Ten years after UNICEF, the World Health Organization and their partners launched the Roll Back Malaria initiative, malaria is still the single largest child killer in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease takes the lives of some 3,000 children per day.
The Roll Back Malaria partners came together last week, on World Malaria Day 2008, to effort ramp up their global efforts.
“It is unacceptable that malaria still kills more than 1 million people, mostly children, every year,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Malaria is a curable and preventable disease that can be controlled by increasing the use of mosquito nets and other proven interventions as part of integrated, community-based programmes.”
To protect children and families who are still at risk, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new initiative providing for universal access to mosquito nets in Africa – where 90 per cent of malaria cases occur – by the end of 2010.
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Young Iraqi voices speak out amid violence
While diseases such as malaria are one obvious threat to child survival and development, armed conflicts like the one that continues in Iraq also take a heavy toll. Mohammed, 16, and Khadeeja, 13, are Iraqi youths struggling to live normal lives in areas stricken by conflict. UNICEF Radio spoke to Mohammed about the effects of clashes in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, and with Khadeeja about returning to school after weeks of violence in the southern city of Basra. More...
Crushed childhoods, cruel choices in Gaza
Elsewhere in the Middle East, Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip are paying a high price after years of violence, closure and poverty. In early April, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, penned an op-ed urging leaders in the region to find a viable path toward peace. “UNICEF is working around the clock to restore a sense of normalcy for Gaza’s youth,” Queen Rania wrote. “The children of Gaza are a light in the darkness. They deserve a chance to shine.” More...
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