April 25, 2012
Since 2000, malaria mortality rates fell by more than 25 percent. However, our work to eliminate and eventually eradicate the disease remains critical.
According to the most recent statistics in the World Health Organization's World Malaria Report 2011, an estimated 655,000 people died from malaria in 2010, 86 percent of them children under the age of five.
World Malaria Day is an opportune time to reaffirm our commitment to protect the world's most vulnerable women, men, and children from this terrible disease.
Canada works to support a community-based approach to health care delivery aimed at bringing about a significant decrease in malaria mortality. We focus our efforts on ensuring that treatment is available, at the community level, for underprivileged people, where most child deaths occur.
By supporting the Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives, Canada helped train more than 48,000 frontline community health workers in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, and Niger. These health workers distributed more than 4.6 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets and administered anti-malarial treatments to more than 600,000 children.
On World Malaria Day, Canada renews our commitment to pursuing innovative approaches that will save lives.
Beverley J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation