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UNICEF: World Malaria Day 2010

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Published on Apr 25, 2010

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/m...

World Malaria Day, 25 April, focuses this year on the challenge of achieving universal coverage with essential malaria-control interventions. Here is a story of progress and challenges in one malaria-endemic country, Mozambique.

Between 2000 and 2009, UNICEF supported the distribution of almost 3 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to pregnant women, children under five, orphaned and vulnerable children and people living with HIV across Mozambique. Together, the agency and its partners have distributed a total of more than 7 million nets countrywide.

In one years time, the results in Tete Province have been staggering. According to Provincial Health Director Dr. Luisa Cumba, malaria cases and deaths have dropped by 68 per cent and 89 per cent, respectively.

Prevention of malaria is feasible, especially if people realize how serious it is and how, by sleeping under a mosquito net, they can prevent the illness, said Barbara Kerstiens, Counsellor for the European Union Mozambique Delegation. This can prevent the cost to the family in the death of a child or the death of a pregnant woman.

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