A World Malaria Day Message from Adriana Lanting, Board Chair
World Malaria Day on April 25 spotlights a disease that has plagued humans throughout history. In 2019, cases of malaria topped 229 million and caused the death of over 400,000 people, most of them young children under the age of five. The prevalence of malaria, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, also is a major obstacle to economic advancement and improved living conditions for the rural poor.
Rotary International, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Vision are hard at work implementing Rotary’s first Program of Scale, Partners for a Malaria Free Zambia. This $6 million grant is training over 2,500 community health workers to diagnose and treat active malaria cases in their home villages. This is reducing the malaria burden, saving lives, and strengthening the health care system.
Rotarians also are working with governments and private sector partners in West Africa, Uganda, South America, and the Pacific Rim to eliminate malaria, a disease that is both treatable and preventable. Someday soon, we hope that vaccines currently in development will be widely available to help in the fight.
This year, take World Malaria Day personally.
Contact Malaria Partners International.
Get involved. Be informed. Take action.
Together we can beat malaria.
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