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As Global Recession Worsens, is Malaria Killing Africa's Potential?
Date:4/14/2009

d Vision warns that the common approach of targeting only young children and pregnant women with bed nets actually fails to offer them the best protection, because it doesn't halt the cycle of mosquitoes picking up and carrying malaria from their neighbors. World Vision's analysis of recent anti-malaria studies shows a marked benefit to covering at least 80 percent of households with insecticide-treated bed nets, along with mobilizing community leaders and volunteers to educate, follow up and ensure participation.

"To ensure children stop dying from a mosquito bite, local capacity must be built up and families must be trained in vulnerable communities, an approach World Vision uses and is well-positioned to expand in many hard-hit communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere," said Dr. Mark Maire, an infectious disease specialist for World Vision and contributor to the report.

World Vision implements child-focused relief and development programs in 64 of the 109 countries where malaria is endemic, including in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The public can help by visiting endmalaria.org or calling 1.888.56.CHILD.

World Malaria Day events:

  • April 23: Congressional Briefing & Breakfast on Capitol Hill. Co-sponsored by World Vision and Malaria No More; Joseph Mettimano speaking.
  • April 24: One World Against Malaria Summit at National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. Co-sponsored by World Vision; Joseph Mettimano speaking.
  • April 24: Hundreds of U.S. college students sleep outside under bed nets to raise awareness. Visit nightofnets.org.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injus
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