To us, “success” means more people engaged in preventative techniques, more communities educated about and practicing malaria control, and better access to treatment for everyone who does contract malaria. And of course, ultimately it means fewer cases of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, and fewer people dying from malaria.
When I started working for the ELCA Malaria Camapign 2-1/2 years ago, I had to use the following statistic: “Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.” After lots of hard work by people all across the globe, that death rate slowed last year, and we were able to say “Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.” Well, that was better, but of course it still wasn’t good enough.
The newest set of statistics gets us even further along the road we’re traveling toward a malaria-free world. The new statistic is this: “Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.” This statistic is good. It’s very, very good. Look at the progress from 2-1/2 years ago!
And of course, this statistic is bad. It’s very, very bad that a child dies every minute from a preventable and treatable disease. But hand in hand with our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa, we continue to make a difference. Click here to download this poster!