On World Malaria Day and African Vaccination Week, Muslim Aid urges the global community to invest more in Malaria control and awareness in order to build on the global progress achieved in combating this disease. This year’s theme for the World Malaria Day is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria”.
A report by World Health Organisation reveals that Africa has over 90% of the reported malaria cases especially amongst children below the age of five. However, effective malaria control has reduced the child mortality rates down to around 20%. To mark these achievements African countries are also observing the African Vaccination Week, from 23rd to 28th April with the theme "An unimmunized child is one too many".
A spokesperson from Muslim Aid said, “Muslim Aid calls upon the world community to implement the recommendations of the World Health Assembly held in May 2011. It urged member states, World Health Organisation and international partners to take immediate action to promote anti-malarial drugs as an effective treatment for the disease.”
“Muslim Aid is committed to bringing down malaria death due to, especially amongst the vulnerable section of the society, including pregnant women and children. Malaria is one of the most common reasons behind miscarriage in many African countries. Muslim Aid has established many malaria prevention and treatment centres in the Horn of Africa, such as Somalia, which also includes educational and awareness programmes to help people who live in remote areas. Last year, the charity distributed 7,000 mosquito nets to pregnant women and children under five in Somalia” the spokesperson added.
Muslim Aid is working with the global health community towards effective prevention and treatment of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria by providing health centres, clean water and sanitary items and nutritional food provision.
Note to Editors
- Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.