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World Malaria Day April 25, 2013 - Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

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On April 25, people across the globe will take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day 2013. These activities will no doubt look back at the remarkable progress that the global development community has made combatting malaria

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RosemaryRannes H (650)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:15 pm
Posted on 6/3/13 by World Malaria Day team

On April 25, people across the globe will take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day 2013. These activities will no doubt look back at the remarkable progress that the global development community has made in combatting malaria and indeed other infectious diseases over the years. However, one of the key lessons other infectious disease control has shown is that when there is an opportunity to control the spread of disease, it must be taken. Therefore now is the time for the malaria community to regroup, reenergise and look ahead to “invest in the future: defeat malaria”.

Investments in malaria control have created unprecedented momentum and yielded remarkable returns in the past years. In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period. In countries where access to malaria control interventions has improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20%.

These great strides are now under threat; the focus on malaria control is beginning to fade and has led to insufficient financial support. With an annual shortage of US$3.6 billion, particularly across Africa where high-burden countries are facing critical funding gaps, all the impressive gains in malaria control over the past decade are threatening to grind to a halt and in some cases reverse. To avoid this, further investment must be made to ensure that this funding gap is bridged and that the endemic countries have the resources and technical support they need. Only then will it be possible to finish the job and see that malaria is eliminated worldwide.

The Roll Back Malaria campaign “Invest in the future: defeat malaria” will help strengthen the political will across the world and will contribute to increase the funding needed to control malaria in endemic countries.

This year Partners are also invited to support #thebigpush campaign by linking it to their World Malaria Day messaging and communications.

#thebigpush is a digital campaign launched on September 24 2012 as a platform for galvanizing support for global health.

Edo R (71)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:42 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Black (308)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 11:10 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, became a friend on twitter and facebook, sent postcard and signed.

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 11:14 pm
Noted, thank you for sharing Rosemary

ilja c (48)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:02 am
agree with focus on malaria faded.thanks.

Ben O (154)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:25 am
Thanks Rosemary. I didn't know that yesterday was World Malaria Day, but now I do!

Carol H (229)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:21 am
thanks Rosemary, noted!!

Ruth C (87)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:36 am
Thank you Rosemary for sending me this, I did not know about World Malaria Day!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:01 am
Thank you for promoting this important program and bringing malaria awareness.

For those who live in Florida or might be visiting Florida it's important to keep mosquito and their dangers in mind for not only Malaria but West Nile Virus.

Under the Tea Bag Rick Scott's leadership, Florida's famous mosquito abatement programs have taken a sizeable hit in the past two years sending 60 years of worth of work, scientific study, and infrastructure down the drain.

At the same time scientists are warning that conditions may be ripe for a swarm of monster mosquitoes to invade the state this summer. Dubbed the "Gallinippers," the mosquitoes are the size of a quarter and known to chow on everything from humans to pets to fish.

"There's maybe a perfect storm of sorts," says Joseph Conlon, a technical adviser to the American Mosquito Control Association in Florida. "You've got the government trying to cut budgets across the board, but down here in Florida, the place would be uninhabitable without mosquito control."

Thanks Republican Rick Scott......and now those who voted in Sequestor / austerity type cuts. Guess you will not worry about who will vote for you next time when there are only mosquitos living here!

While other Countries fight to improve their conditions we are racing to the bottom to meet them. But gee, we can't ask those Billionaires to offer up a few more dollars in taxes or get rid of Corporate tax loopholes and all sorts of other scams.

Mary F (20)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:04 am
I didn't know about World Malaria Day until yesterday! However, having volunteered in Kenya I DID know about the effects of Malaria! The UNF fund for nets is a great idea and so I felt better contributing! Will mark it for next year, as well! Thanks Rosemary for reminding me that just because I don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist!

Dawn M (142)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:03 am
Thank you! Noted!

Nikki B (129)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:29 am
Thank you. I did not know that 25 April was World Malaria Day. In my part of the world it is ANZAC Day which tends to overshadow all other topics. For those interested, the 'Nothing But Nets' campaign is a United Nations campaign that gives us the opportunity to take part in World Malaria Day in a practical manner. Cheers.

Patricia H. (440)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:41 am

John B (185)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:35 am
Thanks Rosemary for the link to this important information and campaign. Read and noted.

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:37 pm
Fantastic post Rosemary! Thanks for the information i bookmarked it! Noted and shared thanks

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:55 pm
Good Health & Healing for your Husband!
Thanks for the post Rosemary.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:06 pm
Great post Rosemary!:)

Agnes N (703)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:07 pm
Thanks Rose

Jelica R (144)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:45 pm
Love to have you back, Rosemary. And a great post, too.

Jelica R (144)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:03 pm
You inspired me to spend some of my butterfly credits on mosquito nets, and I was disappointed to see that this gift is not available any more. Mosquito nets are cheap, durable and effective prevention against mosquito bits. I've given nets before and I would love to give more. I hope that nets will be back soon.

James Merit (144)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:30 pm
Thank you for sharing this important information Rosemary!!

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:40 pm
Cheers Rosemary

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 12:13 am
I learn't something Thanks David, for sharing

Frances Darcy (133)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 5:22 am
Sorry, I had forgotten about the 25th. Here in Ireland, Malaria is not a probelm but of course world wide, a very big probeld.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:22 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Rosemary.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:19 pm
By Maurice Moss, eHow Contributor

"There are 500,000 cases of malaria diagnosed every year. At least a million of those cases end in death. Many times, young children are the victims. People in high area groups for malaria should understand the symptoms as well as ways to deal with this condition. Here’s how to treat malaria."
Thank you for taking the time to post this, Rosemary --especially in light of the fact that your husband is recovering from heart surgery! (My prayers are with both of you. I hope he has a quick and complication-free recovery!)

Malaria IS a very serious illness that can be prevented to a large extent and can be treated. I notice that insecticide-treated mosquito nets are no longer being offered in return for butterfly credits. I hope we can get them back. It would also be nice if we could use our points for anti-malarial medications. Maybe if enough of us ask, Care2 will respond. This cause is truly important!

Elaine R (130)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:32 am
You can donate malaria nets via your mobile and on click to donate

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:55 pm
Stop malaria. Stop DTT.Solutions
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