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On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2013, Muslim Aid reached out to the global community to raise awareness of this life threatening disease and stand together to provide solutions to prevent and treat it.
More than 2 million cases of Malaria occur each year. Most cases are not tested or registered, and an estimated 660,000 people die each year of the illness. The majority of fatalities are children in Africa where Malaria kills one child every minute, and most miscarriages in the region are also attributed to this disease.
A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “Malaria is predominantly a problem in the developing world where the resources to prevent, detect, and treat the disease are scarce. We are as dedicated as ever to help reduce the occurrence of Malaria in countries where we are present, through the provision of vital resources, and through our various development programmes. We call upon the international community and aid agencies to continue to raise awareness of this disease as well as facilitate the means for its reduction in the developing world. We must also continue to remain particularly diligent and proactive in offering solutions to tackle Malaria due to the constantly changing nature of the disease.” Since its inception, Muslim Aid has established, refurbished and equipped various hospitals, health centres and clinics in Africa and Asia. The Charity has demonstrated its commitment to reduce the occurrence of Malaria in line with the Millennium Development Goals through its healthcare and development programmes. These programmes have included the distribution of over 50,000 mosquito nets to families earlier this year in Somalia, as well as investing in health awareness campaigns aimed at the general public. The Charity plans to expand this programme in summer to provide another 300,564 mosquito nets to 150, 282 families from 437 villages in the region. Hospitals run by Muslim Aid in Asia and Africa also detect and offer treatment for the disease to local communities. A representative for the Charity also spoke at the Washington D.C Roundtable on Neglected Tropical Diseases in 2012 to highlight the great need of their work in this area.