25 April 2008

World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day. The purpose is to provide education and understanding of malaria as a global scourge that is preventable and a disease that is curable.
"Malaria causes up to 3 million deaths and 500 million acute infections a year, 90% of which are in Africa, costing upwards of US$12 billion per annum. It is the world's invisible pandemic. " (www.malariaconsortium.org)
The Centers for Disease Control states, "a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die . . . .This sometimes fatal disease can be prevented and cured. Bednets, insecticides, and antimalarial drugs are effective tools to fight malaria in areas where it is transmitted. Travelers to a malaria-risk area should avoid mosquito bites and take a preventive antimalarial drug." (www.cdc.gov/malaria/)
There is a new global partnership between the Presidents Malaria Initiative, faith-based groups, UN programs, private foundations, and other government organizations and NGO's. To see their Community Statement see: http://www.malaria.org/World%20Malaria%20Day/WMD%20Statement2008.pdf.

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