Inspiring stories to help save lives from malaria to be shared across the UK0Comments
Nearly 100 Global Poverty Ambassadors are hosting events across the UK this August to raise awareness about malaria and to gather stories from the people who have been affected by the disease.
The Ambassadors will give a number of presentations as part of the Global Poverty Project and Malaria No More UK’s joint campaign, sponsored by the Co-operative, to promote World Mosquito Day on the 20 August. This day first came into being in 1897 when British doctor Ronald Ross made historic link that female anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Dr Ross’s discovery earned him the Nobel Prize for Medicine and laid the foundations for scientists across the world to better understand the deadly role of malaria -carrying mosquitoes.
115 years later and around half of the world’s population remains at risk from this disease, which claims the life of a child every minute. We are raising vital awareness to help save lives – watch this space for details on our new campaign which will feature stories from people across the UK and beyond who have been affected by malaria, having contracted the disease themselves or knowing someone that has. The campaign sets out to inspire people to get in touch and submit their own story on malaria via our website.
The Ambassadors will use their presentations to highlight the unprecedented progress made in the fight against malaria, with global deaths cut by 26% since 2000. The presentations will also show the human side of the story and inspire support from individuals and communities in the effort to end deaths from the disease, including the chance to share their stories
Global Poverty Project Country Director Elisha London, who has suffered from malaria herself said “for those living in extreme poverty the effects of malaria are devastating – affecting your ability to work to support your family, harming unborn children and debilitating life. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. No-one has to die from malaria. That’s why we are thrilled to be partnering with Malaria No More UK and The Co-operative, with hundreds of Global Poverty Ambassadors across the UK raising awareness of the progress that’s being made in the fight against malaria and the importance of increasing support to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB.”