Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has backed Malaria No More UK and their campaign to reach a globally-agreed goal of eliminating malaria in a further 10 countries by 2020 and of a 90% reduction in malaria deaths by 2030.
Malaria is a disease which is believed to have contributed to the deaths of more than half of all people that have ever lived, however today this disease is preventable and treatable. In 2000 world leaders, businesses and charities set an ambitious target to halt and begin to reverse the spread of malaria. At that time there were 108 countries considered malaria endemic with 271 million malaria cases and over three quarters of a million children dying of malaria a year.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018 presents an exceptional opportunity to convene a Global Malaria Summit and put the world on the path towards ending malaria for good. A great deal of work is already taking place across the Commonwealth to tackle malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases: putting malaria front-and-centre of CHOGM raises the issue to the eye-line of those with the real power to drive change, Heads of Government.
While at Labour’s Annual Party Conference in Brighton Gwynne added his support to the goal of reducing malaria deaths even further. Labour’s 2017 election manifesto included a pledge to: “Invest in new public-health driven research and development to find effective and affordable treatments for diseases in the developing world, including fighting TB, malaria, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases.”
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Malaria still causes far too much death and suffering the world over which is why I completely support Malaria No More UK and their campaign to bring this to Commonwealth leaders in 2018 with the aim of drastically reducing mortality rates by 2030.”