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Ten things you didn't know about malaria
New York, 25 April 2018 - Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria .
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that remains, in many regions of the world, a major public health problem . Ninety-one countries currently experience ongoing malaria transmission. Almost half the world’s population - about 3.2 billion people - are at risk of malaria. In 2016 alone, 216 million new cases of malaria were reported, and approximately 445,000 people died of the disease – most of them children.

WHO/UNICEF report: Malaria MDG target achieved amid sharp drop in cases and mortality, but 3 billion people remain at risk
LONDON, 17 September 2015 – Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 per cent since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, the vast majority of them children, according to a joint WHO-UNICEF report released today.

Malaria kills 1,200 children a day: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 April 2015 – Ahead of World Malaria Day, UNICEF’s ‘Facts about Malaria and Children’ shows the extensive impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women around the world.

Sierra Leone: In communities at risk, the fight against Ebola and malaria goes hand in hand
FREETOWN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 December 2014 - Around 2.4 million people will receive anti-malarial drugs during a UNICEF-supported campaign that begins today. As the malaria transmission season peaks in Sierra Leone, the move aims to reduce cases of malaria, ease the strain on the health system and allow true cases of Ebola to be found and treated.

UNICEF distributes half a million mosquito nets amid heavy rains and violence in CAR
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 27 August 2014 – Amid heavy rains and violence UNICEF and partners have distributed more than half a million mosquito bed nets reaching every home in Bangui to protect families from malaria - the leading killer of children under 5 in Central African Republic.

UNICEF supplies 150,000 mosquito nets in Bangui as rainy season approaches
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal, 14 March 2014 – Ahead of the rainy season due to start next month in the Central African Republic (CAR), UNICEF is providing 150,000 mosquito bed nets for 75,000 people displaced in the capital, who have lost their homes because of the conflict.

Massive push to protect populations from malaria in Somalia’s south central regions
NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 October 2011 - An estimated two and a half million people in Somalia, already suffering from drought, famine and conflict, are at risk...

Donors act quickly to save lives in Central Africa
WASHINGTON, DC, 24 January 2011 – Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, PSI (Population Services International), and UNICEF announced...

New effort by UNICEF, Central African Republic to cut malaria child deaths
BANGUI, 28 May 2010 – More than a million mosquito nets are being distributed in the Central African Republic in a bid to protect children and pregnant women...

Malaria risk in Somalia declines by over 50 per cent
NAIROBI / KENYA, 25 April 2010 – New research commissioned by UNICEF Somalia into estimates of malaria transmission in Somalia indicates a major decline in risk from the disease...

UNICEF and health authorities join forces to tackle malaria in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 10 September 2009 – A renewed effort to reduce the risk of malaria in Sudan will get underway on Sunday 13 September, as the...

On World Malaria Day, UNICEF highlights successes but calls for greater effort
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 24 April 2009 – Progress has been made in combating malaria, particularly in Africa where the disease is most...

Global health visionaries gather to launch 'One World Against Malaria' Campaign
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UNICEF Executive Director announces $1.7 million for the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, GHANA, 3 September 2008 - During her three-day visit to Ghana, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced an additional $1.7....

UNICEF Executive Director announces $1.7 million for the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, GHANA, 3 September 2008 - During her three-day visit to Ghana, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced an additional $1.7 million...

On World Malaria Day, UNICEF Calls for a Sustained Effort to Control Killer Disease
NEW YORK, 25 April 2008 – On World Malaria Day, UNICEF is calling for a sustained effort to control the disease.

The European Community grants UNICEF €4.8 million to boost anti-malaria efforts in four African countries
BRUSSELS, 3 December 2007 - At a signing ceremony of the contribution agreement in Brussels, the European Commission’s Head of Unit Raul Mateus Paula...

Measles and Malaria prevention campaign in Madagascar
WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 October 2007 - The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, is launching a national health...

Reports of significant progress in fight against malaria
SEATTLE, 17 October 2007 -   Significant gains in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are being made, according to a new report released today...

UNICEF Hands Over Anti-Malaria Drugs to the Government of Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia 29 June 2007 — UNICEF, along with the French Embassy in Liberia, has donated a consignment of anti-malaria drugs to the Government of Liberia. This shipment represents a total of 678,858 treatments at a total cost of $389,000.

Spread the Net purchases 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets for Liberia
OTTAWA, 28 March 2007  - 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets are being purchased by Spread the Net to protect children in Liberia announced Spread the Net Co-Founders...

Fight against Malaria - A priority in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU,  27 November 2006 -The first nationwide campaign of Impregnated Mosquito Net distribution and net impregnation is being conducted free of charge by the Government of Guinea-Bissau with the support of its main partners, including UNICEF.

Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer launch anti-malarial bednet campaign:“Spread the Net” with UNICEF Canada
MONTREAL, 9 November  2006 – “1 Net. 10 Bucks. Save Lives. Spreadthenet.org.”  It’s a mantra that Belinda Stronach and satirist Rick Mercer want everyone to understand, repeat and do something about over the next two years.

Serena Williams joins the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, 6 November 2006 – On her first trip to Africa, tennis great Serena Williams called on all children and pregnant women in Ghana to protect themselves from the killer disease malaria by consistently sleeping under bed nets.

Ethiopia can beat its biggest killer with historic push - UNICEF
ADDIS ABABA, 28 September 2006 - For the first time in history, Ethiopia has a chance of beating its biggest killer - malaria, UNICEF Ethiopia country representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, said today.

Japanese support for polio eradication and malaria prevention in Nigeria
ABUJA, 23 August  2005 - The Government of Japan donated US $4.2 million (JPY 495 million) to UNICEF today to support polio immunization and malaria prevention in Nigeria. The country accounts for nearly 70 per cent of the world’s polio cases and 400,000 Nigerian children die each year as a result of malaria, the leading killer of children in Afica. Around 20 per cent of children die before their fifth birthday.

Partners team up in Kenya to fights measles and malaria
WASHINGTON, 8 July 2006 – The government of Kenya has launched a two-phase integrated measles vaccination campaign, targeting more than five million children between nine months and five years of age. In addition to measles vaccinations, the campaign will provide other life-saving health interventions, including polio vaccinations (in select districts), vitamin A and de-worming medicine. Residents in the Nyanza and Western provinces will also receive insecticide-treated nets, proven to be one of the most effective and cost-efficient means of preventing malaria.

Statement by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Kul Gautam, on Child-friendly Strategies to Combat HIV/AIDS and Malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – My colleagues Dr. Feacham and Dr. Piot have just outlined eloquently what we all need to do to overcome the challenges of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.  I have little to add to their wise counsel borne out of their vast experience and expertise.

President Obasanjo echoes civil society call for less declarations and more action in the global fight against malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit and its Permanent Delegation, African Ambassadors and representatives from the global health sector, Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo called for renewed vigour in the continent’s fight against malaria.

New Malaria Treatment Introduced in Somalia
NAIROBI, 25 April 2006 – A new effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria, one of the leading killers of children and women, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen announced today on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day.

Africa Malaria Day – All partners in malaria fight urged to get their ‘ACT’ together
GENEVA, 24 April 2006 – Representatives of the African Union Permanent Delegation, African ambassadors and other Roll Back Malaria partners meeting in Geneva to commemorate Africa Malaria Day called for accelerated action to make sure that life-saving Artemisinin-based Combination Treatments (ACT) get to those who urgently need them - especially in Africa.  With a child dying from malaria every 30 seconds, they urged the entire malaria community to support countries to roll out ACTs as quickly as possible.

With an Additional US $1 Billion Per Year, Immunization Could Save Ten Million More Lives in a Decade
NEW DELHI, 9 December, 2005 — According to global immunization experts, ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of US $1 billion, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

Japan donates US$ 5 million to counter malaria outbreak and spread of polio in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 15 August 2005 – The Government of Japan today donated US$ 5 million to UNICEF to help wipe out polio and prevent an epidemic of malaria across Ethiopia.

5,500 children die in Eastern and Southern Africa every day

NAIROBI, 15 July 2005 - A disproportionately heavy burden of child deaths weighs on families in eastern and southern Africa. Every day 5,500 children under the age of five die across the 21 countries of the region and the majority of the deaths are largely preventable.

UNICEF Hails Major New U.S. Funding for Malaria
WASHINGTON, 30 June 2005 – UNICEF hailed the announcement today of a major new initiative by the United States to fund the prevention and treatment of malaria in Africa, calling the commitment “a great step forward for child health and survival.”

Governments welcome new WHO/UNICEF global immunization strategy that aims to avert millions of deaths
GENEVA, 25 May, 2005 - Governments meeting at the World Health Assembly officially committed to adopting an ambitious new global strategy to fight vaccine-preventable diseases, which kill more than two million people every year, two-thirds of whom are young children . The Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) was designed by the WHO and UNICEF.

Ann M. Veneman at launch of the joint UNICEF-WHO World Malaria Report
NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 - Good morning.  Thank you for joining us this morning.  It is a pleasure to welcome you to UNICEF for the launch of the first World Malaria Report.

First global report on efforts to roll back malaria highlights progress and challenges
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 – More people are accessing prevention and treatment services for malaria, sparking hope that the number of people who become sick and die from malaria will begin to decline.

2005 world malaria report launch
The 2005 World Malaria Report is the first comprehensive report on the burden of malaria worldwide and on countries’ progress to control the disease. During the past five years, substantial advances have been made in some countries and areas in initiating and scaling up programmes to provide prevention and treatment to those most affected by malaria.

Partnership gains ground in the fight against malaria
GENEVA/ LUSAKA / BRUSELS / WASHINGTON DC, 21 April 2005—  A single word has become the touchstone for hopes that a successful battle can be waged against malaria in Africa: partnership. At a time when funding to fight malaria is still sorely lacking, a kaleidoscope of organizations, governments, businesses and celebrities in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, united under the banner of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, have made unprecedented gains over the past year.

Dakar rocks to roll back malaria
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 10 March 2005 – Excitement—and commitments—mounted today in Dakar in the run-up to AFRICA LIVE: The Roll Back Malaria Concert, the star-studded, two-day music event taking place on March 12 and 13 in the Senegalese capital that will reach a billion people worldwide.

Malaria: biting back in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 22 Feb 2005 – Despite impressive advances made against malaria in Zimbabwe during the mid and late 1990s, UNICEF today warned that the country’s children are once more under threat from the disease.

Malaria is alive, well & killing more than 3000 children a day in Africa
Friday, 25 April 2003 -- The Africa Malaria Report, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says the death toll from malaria remains outrageously high - with more than 3000 African children dying daily. It also stresses that new effective anti-malarial drugs are not yet accessible to those who need them and that only a small proportion of children at risk of malaria are protected by highly effective insecticide treated nets. The report, officially launched by President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya in commemoration of Africa Malaria Day, gives a continent-wide picture of the struggle against malaria and highlights the urgent need to make effective anti-malarial treatment available to those most at risk. (Press release)

On Africa Malaria Day, UNICEF calls for increased availability of new drugs at affordable price
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2004 -- Using its global supply network to play a lead role in the global fight to reduce malaria deaths, UNICEF today called on pharmaceutical firms and donor countries to get behind an initiative to introduce a life-saving new drug to hundreds of millions of people affected by the disease each year.

UNICEF, WHO, and Acumen Fund announce new technology in Africa to fight malaria
TOKYO / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 26 September 2003 – An innovative Japanese product that has the potential to save millions of people from malaria every year is for the first time being manufactured in Africa – the continent where 90 per cent of the world’s malaria deaths occur. 

Communities roll up their sleeves to roll back malaria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, April 25, 2002 - In celebrating Africa Malaria Day, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization and other Roll Back Malaria partners have commended a new government-led initiative that is providing rapid, appropriate, effective and affordable malaria treatment to poor populations in some African countries.

Lang Lang applauds Tanzania’s drive against malaria
KILIMANJARO/NEW YORK, 6 August 2004 – On his first visit as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Chinese virtuoso pianist Lang Lang said Tanzania is a shining example of what governments and local communities can do in the fight against malaria – a disease which currently kills over one million people every year, most of them under five years old and living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Better bednets provide new hope in reducing malaria
ARUSHA, TANZANIA, 17 November 2004 – New technologies for malaria prevention and treatment, combined with an increase in available funding, are fuelling optimism in the fight against malaria.

Call for increased production of long lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control
JOHANNESBURG, 23 Sept 2004 – In an effort to narrow the gap between supply and demand of long lasting insecticidal nets, agencies working in malaria control are today meeting with the private sector in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss accelerated production and distribution.

Lang Lang takes on malaria
Lang Lang is going to Tanzania to help raise awareness about the impact of malaria.




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