Young people are the generation that will end malaria. With Seventy-five per cent of the continent’s population made up of young people between 15 and 24, investing in empowering the youth to participate in the malaria response is critical in Africa. 9 in 10 African youths want to take personal action to fight against malaria, with almost two-thirds believing the disease can be eliminated in their lifetimes. That is why the African Union Commission have created a new Conversation guide that will help young people in Africa engage in malaria policy dialogue and advocacy.
Malaria is responsible for keeping children out of school and people out of work. Eradicating malaria by 2040 would increase the number of school days attended by children by 1.5 billion days and decrease the number of lost workdays among rural or farming households by approximately 3.2 billion days. By continuing to invest in ending malaria, we will not only save lives that would otherwise be lost to this deadly disease; but we will also build stronger health systems that will protect communities from future health crises and ultimately free financial resources that could be reinvested in education, infrastructure and economy.
Supported by the Zero Malaria Starts With Me- Draw The Line Against Malaria campaign, this malaria conversation guide will support youth in Africa to lead the fight against malaria and engage society and those in power, to ensure that no one is left behind from this treatable and preventable disease.
We are supporting the African Union Commission as they continue to play an incredibly influential role encouraging young people across the continent to actively shape the world they want to live in and lead change to a positive future.
In collaboration with Malaria No More UK, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis.