Mosquitoes are a nuisance this time of year, it's true. All across the United States, these pests are ruining barbecues, causing itchy bites, and driving up sales of calamine lotion. But for people living in Africa, mosquitoes are more than annoying. They're deadly, because they spread malaria.
Every minute, a child dies from malaria. That adds up to 1,300 children a day, and more than 480,000 each year. 90% of those deaths are in Africa.
Even those lucky enough to survive still face major obstacles – with malaria causing millions of missed days of school every year. The disease also wreaks havoc on the African economy, since it keeps adults out of work and unable to provide for their families.
But there is hope.
Thanks to the cumulative effort of dozens of nations, millions of people, and billions of dollars, malaria mortality rates have fallen 51% among children under five years of age since 2000.
Today, we have truly turned a corner in the malaria fight and the broader campaign to end preventable child deaths.
We need to build on recent progress by continuing to invest in the proven, life-saving tools for malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that have gotten us this far. We also need to develop and deploy new, innovative tools that will enable us to end deaths from malaria and ultimately eradicate the disease.
Take action today and pledge to support the ongoing efforts of Malaria No More to eradicate malaria once and for all.
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