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Notice to Readers: Africa Malaria Day --- April 25, 2004

On April 25, Africa Malaria Day 2004 marks the fourth anniversary of the Abuja declaration, when heads of state and representatives of 44 African countries set a goal to reduce the number of deaths from malaria by 50% by 2010. Measures to reduce malaria deaths include timely and correct treatment of patients and protection against malaria among groups at high risk (e.g., children and pregnant women) by using insecticide-treated mosquito nets and preventive use of drugs during pregnancy.

According to the World Health Organization, every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria; of the estimated 1 million malaria deaths occurring each year worldwide, 90% occur in Africa, primarily among young children (1). The slogan of Africa Malaria Day 2004, "Children for Children to Roll Back Malaria," reflects the day's focus on children as teachers and advocates for malaria control. Through activities in schools, youth clubs, religious institutions, and other facilities, children will campaign on their own behalf and work toward raising awareness about malaria prevention and control.

Progress in the fight against malaria is being made with the support of global consortiums such as the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Additional information about Africa Malaria Day is available at http://www.afro.who.int/amd2004/. Information about RBM is available at http://rbm. who.int. Information about CDC's efforts to combat malaria is available at http://www.cdc.gov/malaria.

Reference

  1. Roll Back Malaria, World Health Organization. What is malaria? Available at
    http://mosquito.who.int/cmc_upload/0/000/015/372/RBMInfosheet_1.htm.

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