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April 24, 2010

Fight against Malaria


UN Malaria


UN Malaria

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Photo: Public health leaders and dignitaries participate in a reception for the exhibit, Malaria, blood, sweat, and tears held at the United Nations to commemorate World Malaria Day on April 25.

(From left to right)

• Kiyo Akasaka, Under-secretary General, UN Department of Public Affairs;
• Anne M. Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF;
• Professor Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director, Roll Back Malaria Partnership;
• United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon;
• HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership;
• Adam Nadel, Exhibition Photographer;
• Sunil Mehra, Executive Director, Malaria Consortium;
• Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen, leading producer of mosquito nets;
• Raymond G. Chambers, UN Special Envoy for Malaria.


Malaria is a preventable and curable disease. Yet nearly 850,000 people each year, mainly pregnant women and children, die from it, and half of the world's population, some 3.3 billion people in 109 countries, are at risk of contracting the disease.


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• It's also widely recognized that malaria control has a positive impact on all of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Fueled by milestones set by the MDGs in 2000, there has been strong international funding and support for malaria prevention programs throughout 2009. A recent report authored by the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that this effort has yielded significant successes.

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