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2007.04.26
* Asset Name : African Malaria Day 2007 pushes for global awareness and action * Shoot City: Various Each year, more than 350 million people are infected with malaria. 1 million will die. Malaria accounts for 1 death every 30 seconds in Africa alone. More important than statistics are the faces of these children, each a potential victim. Not long ago malaria was a worldwide scourge. Medical and social innovations eliminate the disease in some areas, but malaria is still devastating many parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa where up to 90% of malaria fatalities occur. In many parts of Africa, malaria strains health care systems already overburdened. The majority of cases occur in children under 5, but infected pregnant women are at risk for contracting anaemia, putting the lives of themselves and their unborn children at risk. Weakness caused from the disease in adults can severely impair their ability to work, affecting their family, their community, adding to the cycle of poverty. Malaria is deadly, but there are treatments and prevention tools. At a cost of just $10, insecticide treated bed nets have been shown to reduce malarial deaths by up to 20%, each net lasting up to five years. Changes in drug policy at the country level are opening up the doors to use of anti-malarial drugs. The challenge to make a significant impact in endemic countries is daunting, but all is not lost. UNICEF, its partners and governments will gather to rally the world on Africa Malaria Day 2007. The treatments are available, the education is there, what is needed now are the resources. It is a day for the world to work together to provide a malaria free life for these children, to keep them alive.
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