World Malaria Day is marked on 25th April. Listen to a podcast and watch a video which give an insight into the combined efforts of many agencies to stop this disease.

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On World Malaria Day, we hear about global efforts and local initiatives to eliminate this preventable disease which kills one child every thirty seconds….

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“Story of a Bed Net” film

As part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Faiths Act Together is a locally driven campaign urging faith-based activity around its “Story of a Bed Net” film to encourage shared ideas, discussion and actions to tackle deaths from malaria.

Tony Blair said: “A million deaths a year from malaria is wholly preventable. We want 2009 to be the year that people of faith become the change makers against malaria and take direct action to tackle this preventable disease.

“We have already received hundreds of requests from people around the world asking how to get involved and what action they can take. We all know the problems associated with conflict between religions but there is another, more positive story too.”

Faiths Act Together events are not meant to be prescriptive and all action aimed at raising awareness and funds is encouraged by the Foundation. There are toolkits and a freely downloadable film The Story of a Bed Net available, which have already helped volunteers in 27 countries to organise community events and raise thousands of pounds for bed nets.

Up to 500 million people suffer from malaria and up to one million people die unnecessarily from the disease annually. In Africa, malaria kills one child every 30 seconds. Faith Acts Together aims to work with partners worldwide to raise enough money to eradicate deaths from the disease – just one 5 or $10 insecticide-treated bed net can protect an entire household.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on World Malaria Day 2009

Last year on World Malaria Day, I issued a call to action to put a stop to malaria deaths by ensuring universal coverage by the end of 2010. The response has been tremendous. To date, we have been able to provide mosquito nets to more than 40 per cent of people at risk of dying from this disease. In many countries, malaria deaths have decreased by two thirds.

These achievements reflect the efforts of malaria-endemic countries and the strength of the partnerships to support them. Government, international institutions, donor nations, foundations, civil society, the private sector and faith-based groups have demonstrated what we can achieve if we come together to defeat a common enemy. Together with my Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, these efforts will continue to save lives.

However, we still have much more work to do in providing access to key malaria prevention tools and treatment to those suffering from the disease. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that every person has access to a mosquito net — and that they will use them. If we can maintain current levels of progress, by 2015, there could be nearly zero preventable deaths from malaria. That would provide significant momentum to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

In this time of economic crisis, we must protect investments in global health and not allow this disease to resurge. What has been done with malaria can be achieved with other development goals as well. As we look to the future, we need to build and expand our partnerships to deliver the solutions we know work today. We also need to innovate so we can prevent disease, save lives and enable communities to thrive.

World Malaria Day is more than a commemoration — it is a time to rally our forces to stop this disease. Together, we can ensure universal coverage, end malaria deaths and provide hope for overcoming many other development challenges facing our world. Let’s count malaria out.