In America, we celebrate a child's fifth birthday with party hats and candles. In Africa, parents celebrate with a sigh of relief -- because it means their child is less at risk of dying from malaria.
That's why we've been working hard these past five years at Malaria No More to help more children celebrate more birthdays.
Today marks Malaria No More's own fifth birthday, and we're celebrating great strides in the malaria fight. As the World Health Organization's World Malaria Report 2011 announced yesterday...
- Enough nets have been provided to cover close to three quarters of Africans at risk of malaria.
- Malaria treatments have jumped from 11 million in 2005 to 181 million in 2010.
- Most importantly, malaria deaths have dropped by more than twenty-five percent globally (and thirty-three percent in Africa) -- and they keep falling!
The world has changed in remarkable ways, but we're not done yet. A child still dies from malaria every minute -- and that's unacceptable.
The next five years really will make all the difference, as we drive toward the global goal of near zero malaria deaths by 2015.
Please watch and share our five-year anniversary video and consider visiting www.MalariaNoMore.org to find out what you can do to help.
Together, we can and will make malaria no more.