Why are we doing this?
If we do this, we will put hundreds of thousands or even millions of bednets over heads and beds to help protect people.
To achieve 3 million people involved in the fight against malaria and show that in one place (on www.AgainstMalaria.com)
We aim to achieve 3 million people 'doing something' in the fight against malaria, be it swimming, running, fasting, baking cakes, or whatever someone wants to do.
Why 3 million? Because it mirrors the number of people that die each year from malaria.
If we show, in one place, millions of people care about beating malaria... maybe, just maybe, we can contribute to persuading governments to allocate the money needed to achieve this. It would mean the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle was in place to beat malaria.
How much is required? US$3.5bn only each year for 10 years. That sounds like a lot of money to you and me but against national budgets it is not. Perhaps it would break down like this: US$1bn each year for 10 years from the American government; $0.5bn each year for 10 years from the British government; the same from the Japanese: US$50-200m each from the French, Germans, Canadians, Italians, Australians etc. This should NOT be impossible to achieve.
The prize? Malaria is beaten and we avoid millions of needless deaths each year.
Here's hoping you'll swim or run or fast or bake cakes or jump up and down on a pogo stick in Connecticut or poetry read or dance... or whatever, Against Malaria.
(+250,000 of my closest friends so far)
Why US$3.5bn only each year for 10 years?
$35bn, spread over 10 years, is often quoted as the cost to beat malaria. This to beat the world’s single largest killer of children.
Here is an extract from a paper that talks in similar numbers. There are others.