On Tuesday 20th November 2018, Water-to-Go was delighted to be invited to the House of Lords in London to hear about the World Malaria Report in association with our new partners, Malaria No More UK.
Every year, the World Health Organisation releases its annual World Malaria Report and it’s a critical moment for Malaria No More UK and their partners to check in on their strategies and ensure we are moving in the right direction in defeating malaria. Water-to-Go are pleased to be one of these strategies in raising funds and awareness to tackle malaria with our new project.
This year’s report is a story of progress and peril that builds on what we have known for some time. The knowledge that the world was at a critical junction, where stalled progress and funding risked us losing all the hard-fought gains of the last decade, whilst investment and innovation could accelerate us to the end of one of the deadliest diseases of all time, was the urgent message that led to 53 countries sharing a promise to halve malaria by 2023. Seven months on from the Malaria Summit and this years’ data offers us great hope. India appears to be at a turning point, and more countries than ever before are on track to eliminate. But alongside this hope, the threat remains high with alarming signs of cases increasing in some of the hardest hit countries, and the looming threats of resistance and the parasite adaptation.
The Commonwealth Commitment is needed more than ever. Their new five-year strategy is laser focused on ensuring that the promise to halve malaria in five years, will be more than positive words, but delivered, including a summit in Kigali, Rwanda in 2020 – the catalyst to bring the malaria fight to the heart of Africa and to put it back on track to ending malaria in our lifetimes.
Malaria is the world’s oldest and deadliest disease and more has to be done to tackle it. Around since the dinosaurs, malaria is thought to have killed up to half of all humankind. But today the disease still kills a child every two minutes, despite being entirely preventable (using bed nets, insecticide spraying and antimalarial drugs) and treatable (costing less than £1 to save a life). It still kills almost half a million people every year.
Our Special Ambassadors @CharlieCW and @DrElvisEze can now drink safe water and fight #malaria at the same time! They got their Malaria No More UK & @WatertoGoUK bottles yesterday at the #WRM18 UK launch! #EndMalaria https://t.co/ZVQQVTgdnn pic.twitter.com/nTNsX93Yp4
— Malaria No More UK (@malarianomoreuk) November 21, 2018
Water-to-Go is working with Malaria No More UK to help raise funds and awareness to tackle the world’s oldest and deadliest disease, malaria. To do this, we are selling limited edition Malaria No More UK bottles on our website that are available to purchase now. Water-to-Go will donate a minimum of £8.00 + VAT from each bottle sold to Malaria No More UK, in supporting the work that they do.⠀⠀
We have a shared ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere. You can support the partnership by purchasing a limited edition bottle. By buying a limited edition bottle, you will be contributing to our partnership and helping make malaria no more. Together we can be the generation that beats malaria.⠀
Yesterday on the high-level panel for the UK launch of the @WHO World Malaria Report at @UKHouseofLords organised by @malarianomoreuk. The report shows progress & peril in the malaria fight. We need to #getBackOnTrack and #EndMalaria for good. #WMR2018 https://t.co/y6skCMvqdZ pic.twitter.com/geoAZUAzGj
— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) November 21, 2018
It was also great to meet broadcaster and journalist, Charie Webster, at the event who also joined the panel to give more insight into malaria and how it is being tackled. Charlie suffered with a rare form of malaria back in 2016 and has been raising awareness ever since she recovered. In this video, the Malaria No More UK ambassador visited Uganda to take on the disease that nearly took her life.
Another esteemed panel member was Yamina Karitanyi, the High Commissioner of Rwanda, who highlighted what Rwanda is doing to combat the disease and reflected on the success they have had in doing so. This year, there has been 436,000 less reported cases of malaria from the previous year which is fantastic progress. They are leading the way in Africa in tackling malaria and they are working hard to continue the good work.
Speaking at the launch of the @WHO World Malaria Report 2018 at @UKHouseofLords, the High Commissioner @YKaritanyi noted that #Rwanda has had some success in the fight against malaria with 436,000 less reported cases from the previous year, but more is being done. #WMR18 pic.twitter.com/uHSLuY4qd4
— 🇷🇼Rwanda in UK (@RwandaInUK) November 20, 2018
Lots of great work has been done over the last 10 years but this report has highlighted that depsite this, more has to be done to get rid of malaria for good. Water-to-Go has just partnered with Malaria No More UK to help them achieve this and raise funds for the life-changing work they do.