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STOP MALARIA NOW! is an African-European initiative of ten non-governmental organizations and co-financed by the European Union. The campaign aims to raise awareness for malaria as a global poverty-related health problem, and advocates for stronger political, financial and strategic commitments in order to decrease the malaria burden.
STOP MALARIA NOW! emphasizes the devastating consequences of malaria particularly on the African continent. Even though malaria cannot be eradicated, it can and must be controlled. Therefore, the campaign promotes an integrative approach including improved measures of prevention, diagnostic and treatment, strengthened local health care systems and intensified research. It moreover underlines the potential of the local cultivation of Artemisia Annua and the local production of antimalarials in countries hardest hit by the disease.
STOP MALARIA NOW! regards its work as part of the world-wide fight against poverty and as a contribution to the global efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.
Malaria – a disease that knows no borders
People have been suffering from malaria since thousands of years. Even today, the disease threatens half of the world’s population. Almost 300 million people are infected with malaria every year of which one million people die due to the disease. Pregnant women and young children are especially endangered: eight out of ten malaria deaths are children under the age of five.
Sub-Saharan Africa is hardest hit with 90 % of the global malaria deaths. But regions in Asia, the Americas, parts of the Middle East and Southern Europe are also affected. Scientists estimate that a three to five degree increase in temperature would double the transmission rate of malaria in tropical regions and increase the rate tenfold in temperate zones. Malaria is even expected to reach Central Europe. This means that almost two thirds of mankind would live in malaria affected regions.