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Responding to 1.24 million malaria deaths

Compassion UK will be sending 30,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to 90 communities in Uganda this February to help children and care-givers registered in its programmes.

Recent research published in the British medical journal, the Lancet, suggests that 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010, nearly double the figure of 655,000 previously estimated by World Health Organisation.

The good news is that, although the number of deaths is higher than originally thought, the figure has come down by 32 per cent from 1.8 million in 2004. Whilst calling for more action, the report authors attribute the decline to recent strategies such as handing out insecticide-treated nets to protect households against mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites.

Compassion works in four of the 17 worst affected nations: Burkina Faso, Togo, Uganda and Rwanda, and is actively tackling malaria in these regions. This intervention is part of our response to the immediate needs of the families we serve, in addition to our long-term child development programme.

The distribution of 30,000 PermaNet® nets will be supplied to children and their families along with training sessions on the prevention and mitigation of malaria. The project will cost £94,551 and will directly contribute to international efforts to battle this deadly disease.

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