CAF use Cup of Nations as platform to raise awareness about Malaria

The popularity of sport provides the arena for a united fight against Malaria. United Against Malaria is named an official social programme of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
A united partnership against Malaria
As the International Day of Malaria passes, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announces its decision to name United Against Malaria (UAM) an official social programme for the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

With CAF’s support, UAM will develop and distribute local and pan-African public service announcements, delivered by African football stars, to educate millions of African football fans about malaria prevention and treatment

It is often believed that football or sport in general can be a useful tool in conveying key health messages. Mr. Leodegar Tenga, executive committee member of CAF and president of the Tanzanian Football Federation supports this view, stating:

Football has the most passionate fan base in the world, and during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, we have an opportunity to channel that energy toward social good”.

He went on to state that “through our partnership with United Against Malaria, we create a platform where fans not only remember the football skill on the pitch but the important messages that will help protect them and their loved ones from malaria

Visit the United Against Malaria website for more information on the partnership

Background
According to the World malaria report 2011, in 2010 there were approximately 216 million cases of Malaria, with an estimated 655,000 proving fatal. The fight against malaria has seen global mortality rates drop by 25% and 33% in Africa, since 2000. However, the report identifies children in Africa, as the most vulnerable - “where a child dies every minute from the disease

Visit the World Health Organisation website to access the World malaria report 2011


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