Today Is World Malaria Day 2013

World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day!

Did you know that:

In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period. In countries where access to malaria control interventions has improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20%.

Isn’t that great?

As much as it might be tempting to call this a “victory” and walk away, the fight against malaria is still a battle that could be lost:

These great strides are now under threat; the focus on malaria control is beginning to fade and has led to insufficient financial support. With an annual shortage of $3.6 billion, particularly across Africa where high-burden countries are facing critical funding gaps, all the impressive gains in malaria control over the past decade are threatening to grind to a halt and in some cases reverse.

Did you know that malaria is still such a threat?

Thanks to spreading the word about malaria and setting aside days like today, we can make sure we avoid the threat of malaria in the world:

To avoid this, further investment must be made to ensure that this funding gap is bridged and that the endemic countries have the resources and technical support they need. Only then will it be possible to finish the job and see that malaria is eliminated worldwide.

To learn more about World Malaria Day and the fight against malaria, visit the World Malaria Day website.

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