This World Malaria Day, organizations and individuals are called upon to support the global malaria community to ensure no one dies from a mosquito bite. As the world struggles to respond to COVID-19, there is a significant risk that prevention and treatment programs for malaria will be disrupted.
Emerging ag is proud to provide communications and stakeholder engagement services to Target Malaria, a not-for-profit international research consortium developing novel genetic technologies to reduce the population of malaria mosquitoes in Africa.
Since 2000, global efforts have dramatically reduced the global malaria burden thanks to increased financial and political commitment from countries worldwide enabling the scale up of effective interventions and better data. However, the fight is far from over. Malaria, a disease of poverty and inequity, still affects half the world – with pregnant women and children under five in sub-Saharan Africa bearing the heaviest burden of disease. We can significantly improve maternal health and child survival by increasing access to life saving tools for the millions of pregnant women and children still at risk of malaria.
Global investments in ending malaria save lives: In 2018, they saved almost 600,000 lives and prevented nearly 100 million malaria cases compared to 2000 levels. They also strengthen health systems that are critical to preventing, detecting and treating the most vulnerable populations at risk of malaria, as well as responding to new outbreaks like COVID-19. We also must invest in the development and scale up of innovative tools and technologies to help us beat malaria and the mosquito that carries it, like gene drive approaches used by Target Malaria.
We must close the $2 billion annual gap in malaria funding to develop trans-formative tools and reach the most vulnerable people with the life-saving malaria interventions they need.
This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ because nobody should die from a mosquito bite. Together, we can achieve a malaria-free world. By ending malaria, we will save millions of lives, build resilient health and surveillance systems, strengthen economies and increase the rate of development and create a healthier, more equitable future that leaves no one behind.
We can be the generation that ends malaria.
Learn more and join us to hold global leaders accountable to their commitments at endmalaria.org
#HealthForAll #WorldMalariaDay #endmalaria #ZeroPalu
Roll Back Malaria has been organising a global campaign with the participation of many in the malaria community, including, among our members, Malaria No More, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Target Malaria. Below some suggestions if you would like to participate.
Here is what you can do:
- Participate in the “Social cheer” for #HealthHeroes from 2pm BST (UK)
- Share this 30” or 60” animation about Covid-19 and malaria (also being broadcast on networks across Africa)
- Supporting WMD communication on the day using RBM’s toolkit and sharing @endmalaria channels’ posts
“Social Cheer” suggested post – from 2 pm UK
I’m joining the Twitter cheer to celebrate amazing health workers around the world who continue their life-saving work under the pressure of a global health crisis. ? Join us and call on leaders to fund our health systems and protect our #HealthHeroes this #WorldMalariaDay ?
En cette journée mondiale de lutte contre le paludisme, j’applaudis les agents de santé qui font leur travail sous la pression de cette crise sanitaire mondiale. ? Rejoignez-nous & appelez les dirigeants à financer nos systèmes de santé! #WorldMalariaDay #HealthHeroes ?