Tony Blair calls on faith communities to unite around World Malaria Day
Today the Tony Blair Faith Foundation launch their Faiths Act for World Malaria Day 2011 campaign encouraging faith communities to come together to help end one of the world’s most devastating health crises.
World Malaria Day marks the global effort to help turn the tide on over 750, 000 entirely preventable deaths from malaria every year, the majority being young children in Africa. Progress has already been made in this battle: the number of young children dying from malaria has now reduced from one every 30 seconds to one every 45 seconds. But more needs to be done, every death is needless.
Faiths Act for Malaria is a global movement which aims to mobilise different faith communities to work together against deaths from malaria and demonstrate faith as a force for good. The Faiths Act team are asking people to organise multi-faith fundraisers in over 100 countries in the run up to World Malaria Day on April 25th, 2011 in order to raise money for bed nets to help save lives. £5 or $10 will buy, transport and deliver one bed net to a family in Africa protecting two people from malaria.
Click here to take part.
Tony Blair is urging people of faith to take part in the campaign:
“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.
“We are asking people of all faiths to face this challenge together.
“I’d like to invite you to take part in the Faiths Act’s World Malaria Day campaign.”
Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Supporters run all kind of fundraising events for Faiths Act, but this World Malaria Day Faiths Act is launching Faiths Act Ribbons to raise awareness about the cause. To find out how to get involved, go to www.faithsact.org/worldmalariaday
Areeba Jawaid, a Muslim Faiths Act Fellows Alumna 2009-2010, said:
“The Qu’ran teaches us, ‘if anyone saves a person it will be as if he has saved the whole of humanity” [5:32]’. With over three quarters of a million preventable deaths occurring from malaria each year, I believe it is our responsibility to confront this global challenge. The Faiths Act World Malaria Day campaign allows me to proudly connect with others of faith as we try to save lives. “
Adam Flynn, Sales and Marketing Manager at Sumitomo Chemical UK, said:
“Sumitomo Chemical are delighted to support this campaign with Olyset nets as we firmly believe that faith communities have a galvanising and central role to play in ending malaria deaths and sickness across the endemic world”
The bed nets will be used by Malaria No More UK, an innovative charity working to reach near zero deaths from malaria by 2015. Malaria No More UK is helping to protect the population of Ghana where malaria accounts for a third of deaths in children under five years old. The nets will form part of the charity’s work with the Ghanaian government and other partners to ensure that everyone at risk from malaria has access to life saving bed nets, malaria tests and effective drugs.