Thursday, 26 March 2015

Fwd: Malaria update: you have helped halve child deaths

Download Document(s): MNMUK Parliamentary Update_March 2015.pdf

Dear Graham,

Thank you so much for your support over the past five years.

As this parliamentary term comes to end, we have looked back over the remarkable progress the UK has achieved in the fight to end malaria in our final Malaria No More UK Parliamentary Newsletter, available below this email and attached.

Malaria is a fantastic example of what UK aid investment can achieve; child deaths from malaria have more than halved in Africa since 2000 and malaria mortality rates have reduced by 47% worldwide.

Looking ahead to the post-2015 era, we hope the UK will sustain funding because we could reduce deaths and cases of malaria by a further 40% worldwide in the lifetime of the next Parliament (WHO's Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-30 – awaiting World Health Assembly approval in May) saving millions more lives, the vast majority children and pregnant women.

We already know from what happened in the 1980's that if we don't stay a step ahead of the mosquito and parasite we risk rapid resurgence of the disease. Surely after the progress of the last decade we cannot allow that to happen. As Bill Gates said in the House of Lords last year, it is critical for the UK to continue being a global player in efforts to eradicate malaria - a disease which has killed more than any other in human history but a disease which our generation could eradicate.

Once again, thank you for your support. This is such a wonderful example of what Parliament and concerted cross-party commitment can achieve.

Warm regards,

James Whiting
Executive Director, Malaria No More UK