East Lothian Pupil Puts Mozzies in a Sticky Situation, in Nationwide Malaria Sticker Design Competition

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There was a huge buzz across the UK as people voted in their thousands to push Beth Cameron, from Gullane Primary School, over the finishing line in a national competition to design the official logo for Malaria Awareness Week 2008 (12-18 May).

There was a huge buzz across the UK as people voted in their thousands to push Beth Cameron, from Gullane Primary School, over the finishing line in a national competition to design the official logo for Malaria Awareness Week 2008 (12-18 May).

Beth's imaginative design has now been made into thousands of stickers and distributed to GP surgeries, travel clinics and pharmacies across the country. The sticker will be used to raise awareness of malaria amongst UK travellers. Around 1,500 to 2,000 British holiday-makers return home with the disease every year after travelling to malarious regions abroad and on average nine people die. First hand experiences of people who contracted malaria while travelling abroad can be found at http://www.malariahotspots.co.uk/beenThere.asp.

After swatting away stiff competition to become the regional champion and overall competition winner, Beth has won a custom trophy and received £2,000 for her whole class to spend on a cool class trip or put towards other fun educational activities or equipment.

'I am so excited that my design is going to be used as the official logo for Malaria Awareness Week. I would like to thank everyone in Scotland who voted for me, as I worked really hard on my design and am so pleased that so many people liked it,' Said Beth.

Beth's name will appear in the June issue of National Geographic Kid's magazine, while a complete interview and picture will appear online at: http://www.malariahotspots.co.uk and http://www.ngkids.co.uk

Steve Backshall, kids TV presenter and explorer, is fronting the malaria awareness sticker competition this year. Steve contracted malaria while on an expedition and is keen to teach children and their families how they can 'bite back' at the disease, by being more aware of the easy ways they can stay safe when travelling.

Steve says: 'The effects of malaria can be particularly severe in children and there has been a massive spike in the number of British travellers visiting malaria-risk destinations. So, it's never been more important for the whole family to be aware of the risks and ways to protect themselves from this potentially deadly - yet preventable - disease.'

The last ten years have seen a nearly 200% increase in travel to malaria-risk destinations like Africa and Southeast Asia, by British travellers.

Since malaria hotspots may change over time, the Malaria Awareness Campaign advises all travellers to get up-to-date advice before every single trip - even if you are returning to a destination you've already visited. They also recommend visiting your GP, practice nurse or travel clinic - ideally six to eight weeks before travel - to get the best advice.

To find out if you're travelling to a malaria hotspot, text the country you're visiting to 07800 000 571 or visit the interactive malaria map at http://www.malariahotspots.co.uk/mapInteractive.asp. While you're there don't forget to check out all of the finalists' entries.

Photo opportunities of the winner and her winning design may be available. Contact us to set up a photocall (See contact details).

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