Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 25, 2013
Every 60 seconds, one child dies because of malaria. On World Malaria Day, Plan Canada turns a special focus on efforts to stop the spread of malaria, and help children and their families fight this fatal disease.
According to the World Health Organization 2012 report, there were 219 million cases of malaria in 2010 alone, causing an estimated 660,000 deaths. Ninety percent of those deaths occurred in African countries, mostly among children.
Plan works in several countries in West Africa, particularly in Liberia, Zimbabwe, and Guinea to fight against malaria including the distribution of bed nets, and educating local communities on prevention and treatment. In these efforts, we’ve partnered with the Global Fund, an international financing institution dedicated to developing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Some of these activities include:
o Distributing more than one million long-lasting anti-malaria bed nets in five different counties and raising awareness on how to prevent malaria with one million people.
o Providing 590,000 homes with indoor insecticide spray, protecting more than 840,000 people.
o Household assessments in more than one million homes to prepare for upcoming distribution of anti-malaria bed nets.
Since 2000, malaria mortality rates have fallen by 25% around the world and by 33% in Africa. As a result, 1.1 million malaria deaths have been prevented globally. Though malaria is on the decline, interventions need to continue to keep children and families safe.
To learn more about Plan’s work in malaria prevention and awareness, visit plancanada.ca/health-and-disease-prevention.
About Plan Canada and Because I am a Girl
Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Visit http://www.plancanada.ca and http://www.becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.
For media inquiries, contact:
Angie Torres, Media and Public Relations Specialist, Plan Canada
T: 416 920 1654 ext 244 | atorres(at)plancanada(dot)ca
Abigail Brown, Media and Public Relations Manager, Plan Canada
T: 416 920 1654 ext 277 | C: 647 971 3764 | abrown(at)plancanada(dot)ca