Celebrating progress to make malaria no more this Africa Day0Comments
Today is Africa Day – a moment to celebrate African unity. This year’s theme is “Africa and the Diaspora” – bringing together Africans around the world to address challenges and opportunities facing the continent.
Here at Malaria No More UK we are using Africa Day to celebrate the recent achievements in the fight against malaria. The headlines are that over the last ten years, there has been a global drop in malaria deaths of over 20% and in Africa alone, a drop of more than 6% during 2008-2009. These results are hugely encouraging and reflect increased levels international funding and strengthened African leadership on malaria. Thanks to all those who have supported Malaria No More UK, we have we have helped protect over two million people from malaria in Botswana, Ghana and Namibia.
Check out our photo reel showing how local Malaria Agents we support in Namibia are helping save lives. Helen and Roz on our team accompanied them on a road trip to distribute nets and malaria information to some of the hardest to reach families in northern Namibia, including grandmother Aina and her family. Read more about their trip to meet the team behind the distribution of nets and malaria education to over 25,000 people.
Namibia has made real progress in making malaria no more with a drop in malaria deaths of 95% in the last decade. But there are still people who are not yet sleeping under nets or able to access the malaria tests and medicines they need when sick. It is crucial that support continues in order for Namibia to reach its goal of eliminating malaria by 2020.