Fiona is pleased to mark World Malaria Day 2021 this coming Sunday, 25th April.
"The UK has long been a global leader in the campaign to eradicate malaria and the Government remains deeply committed to doing so.
This World Malaria Day, Malaria No More - an excellent charity whose work I commend - are encouraging us to celebrate that more countries than ever are on the cusp of eliminating malaria.
This year's World Malaria Day is particularly timely with the encouraging news emerging today from the Jenner Institute in Oxford regarding a malaria vaccine. With continued collaborative working and awareness raising we can - and must - end malaria once and for all."
Taking place annually on 25th April, World Malaria Day is an important opportunity to highlight the global efforts to end malaria and the need for sustained political commitment and continued investment for malaria control and elimination.
Today, malaria still kills one child every two minutes, and is a significant barrier to education and economic prosperity. Now more than ever, it is vital that we keep up the fight against malaria, to help save lives and strengthen the community health systems that are tackling existing deadly diseases like COVID-19 and will help to prevent future pandemics.
As the second largest international donor to the fight against malaria, the UK has been at the forefront of global efforts that have helped save 7.6 million lives and prevented 1.5 billion cases of the disease since 2000. Leading the way in the eradication of malaria remains a manifesto commitment of this Conservative Government.