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STOP MALARIA NOW! is an African-European initiative by nine non-governmental organizations, conceived for a period of two years and co-financed by the European Union. The campaign aims to raise awareness for the dramatic expansion of the life-threatening and poverty related disease malaria in Africa. STOP MALARIA NOW! emphasizes the devastating consequences of the disease on the African continent. Malaria cannot be eradicated but can and must be controlled. The campaign promotes the strengthening of local health care systems as well as the local cultivation of Artemisia Annua and 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 influences the lives of 50% of the world’s population. 300 - 500 million people are infected with malaria every year and up to three million – mainly children – die as a result of the disease. Sub-Saharan Africa is hardest hit but regions in Asia, Latin America, 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.