Didier Drogba joins the Faiths Act campaign against malaria
Chelsea FC and international footballer Didier Drogba is the latest to sign up for the Faiths Act campaign to end deaths from malaria.
He suffered from malaria himself last year:
"I am delighted to support the Faiths Act for World Malaria Day campaign. I know firsthand what a devastating disease malaria is, especially in Africa, and I am pleased to support multi-faith initiatives like the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's campaign. Together, we can bring about a historic end to malaria one net at a time."
Didier is pictured here wearing a Faiths Act ribbon for World Malaria Day. For every 10 photos we receive of people wearing Faiths Act ribbons, Sumitomo Chemical will donate a life-saving Olyset bed net.
So sign up to the campaign and send in your photos now -- you can increase the number of bed nets donated!
Didier is from the Ivory Coast where malaria is still a life-threatening problem for millions of families. Throughout the country, about 3.5 million children under the age of five and 1 million pregnant women are exposed to the disease, and each year it takes the lives of around 63,000 children in the Ivory Coast alone. In Africa overall, around 780,000 die annually from malaria.
Joining our campaign is a tangible way for you to help end deaths from malaria and demonstrate how faith can be a force for good in the world.
Tony Blair welcomed Didier to the Faiths Act campaign:
"I am grateful to Didier for supporting our Faiths Act for World Malaria Day campaign. Knowing of his struggle with malaria, he can testify to the harmful impact of what is, shockingly, a preventable disease. This generation has the opportunity to do two astonishing things: to work together alongside those of other faiths from all corners of the world and to meet one of the world's greatest global health challenges -- malaria. Please join us, and people of all faiths, to face this challenge together."
You can join Didier and people of different faiths from Zambia to Mexico who've already signed up:
We look forward to your support for this historic effort by Tony Blair, Didier Drogba and countless others against malaria.