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Partnering with Alfamart and its customers to tackle malaria

Jakarta, 1 May 2013 – The risk of malaria among Indonesian children could be reduced thanks to a new partnership launched between UNICEF and Alfamart. For the next three months (1 May - 31 July 2013), Alfamart will be collecting donations from customers in all its outlets across Indonesia, with funds raised supporting UNICEF’s work to prevent malaria.

Alfamart customers are being invited to donate their small change to support the campaign. In addition, customers can also make further donations as they wish.  Contributions will support initiatives to raise awareness to malaria prevention especially among Indonesian children.

Despite great progress in the fight against malaria, the disease remains one the largest killer in Indonesia with 150 million of Indonesia’s population at risk from malaria infection.  Malaria, which takes the lives of nearly 15,000 people every year, is also geographically concentrated, mostly in poor, remote regions, with children and pregnant women most vulnerable. It is estimated that 100,000 children in Indonesia are infected by this deadly disease every year.

“Malaria is preventable and curable, but we must step up our efforts.  Many people at risk of malaria still lack sufficient access to critical treatment and prevention options, such as insecticide treated nets, diagnostic testing, and effective antimalarial drugs, including drugs to treat and prevent malaria in pregnant women. We also need to empower communities to minimize malaria risk through community action,” said UNICEF Indonesia Country Representative Angela Kearney.

Tackling malaria is vital to reducing child deaths.  Fighting malaria not only saves the lives of children, but also yields many other health and economic benefits for affected communities. For example, eliminating malaria reduces the burden on over-stretched health centers and enables communities to lead healthier and more productive lives. Reducing malaria improves the health of pregnant mothers and therefore improves the health of their babies.

Controlling malaria can also impact the numbers of people who die of malnutrition as those already weakened from lack of food are more likely to die if they contract malaria.

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact:

Nova Fransisca Silitonga
nfsilitonga@unicef.org
Tel:   +62 21 2996 8148
Fax:  +62 21 571 1215
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