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Today is World Malaria Day

World Malaria DayEvery forty-five seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.  This World Malaria day, United Way stands with its partners around the globe, urging awareness of this disease, which threatens nearly half of the world’s population.

According to the World Health Organization, half of the world’s population is at risk, but the majority of malaria cases and related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Among officially recorded cases from 2009, Uganda and Kenya had the highest numbers, but WHO estimates that more than 90% of the world's malaria cases -- an estimated 800,000 annually -- are unreported.

Read about what the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign is doing to promote awareness. 

United Way seeks to advance the common good around the world, so that all individuals can achieve their human potential through education, income stability, and healthy lives. We thank individuals from across the globe who give, advocate, and volunteer in the effort to end malaria.