MP joins fight to destroy malaria in a generation

Nus Ghani, ice cream van mobile surgery SUS-150819-103319008
Nus Ghani, ice cream van mobile surgery SUS-150819-103319008

Wealden MP Nus Ghani is helping to mark World Mosquito Day and joined the campaign to destroy malaria within a generation.

Malaria has claimed more lives than any other disease in human history. Today, it claims the life of a child every minute, despite being preventable and costing little to treat.

It is also a huge cause of poverty in Africa, costing approximately £12 billion a year in lost productivity.

Malaria No More UK’s #malariatodolist campaign is seeking to unite all MPs in drawing attention to the malaria to-do list.

The list includes doubling of current funding, improved research, global leadership and access to vital medicines in order to combat the disease.

One hundred and eighteen years ago, British doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria.

Over the last 15 years, the rate of people dying from the disease has halved. The next 15 years offer the opportunity to reach zero deaths if local and global support is maintained.

Nus Ghani joined the campaign and said, “I’ve got some important things to do this summer, not least the mobile surgery tour I made around Wealden over the last couple of days.

“But World Mosquito Day reminds us that there is one more important thing on our to-do list: destroying malaria.

“With the right levels of funding, the UK can play a pivotal role in ending malaria deaths by 2030.

“More than six million lives have already been saved because of progress made in the last 15 years. With continued public, political and financial support, we can finish the job.”

Find the campaign using #malariatodolist.