“If you care about the health of mothers and children, you must care about malaria,” writes Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the chairman of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance. “If you care about education, you must care about malaria. ... If you care about peace — and the prosperity of every woman, child and community — you must care about malaria.”
As a child-focused organization, ChildFund certainly cares about an illness that kills a child a minute. But malaria is also an illness that is preventable and curable — if those at risk are equipped to prevent and cure it. Fighting malaria requires knowledge and access to both preventive measures (such as insecticide-treated bed nets) and health care. ChildFund works with local and national partners and governments to provide all of these things to children who need them.
We invite you to learn about malaria and our work to free children and their families from this devastating illness. Thank you for your support, which makes this work possible.
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Reporting by Zoe Hogan, ChildFund Timor-Leste, and ChildFund Uganda staff
References: WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, IRIN