Natixis: 10 years fighting against malaria
On this year’s World Malaria Day, April 25, Natixis is renewing its commitment to the fight against malaria.
For the tenth year in a row, Natixis has decided to sponsor the fight against malaria: in 2014, it will be sponsoring along with the NGO Plan France a prevention program in Togo, and Institut Pasteur’s research on the resistance of the parasite to the new generation of malaria drugs.
Global efforts over the last decade have helped reduce malaria mortality by approximately 45% worldwide, but the latest WHO report shows that malaria killed more than 600,000 people in 2012, mainly young children. The fight must continue.
There still is no effective vaccine against malaria, but there are simple and easily available solutions to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, such as creating awareness among people, distributing mosquito nets, insecticide spraying, rapid diagnostic tests, new generation treatments.
We have now reached a key moment in the fight against this disease in that if we continue to progress as we have already done, we could hope to practically eradicate malaria by 2015, in line with the Millenium Development Goals.
World Malaria Day is the opportunity to remind everyone how important it is to maintain the investments that could lead to the eradication of this disease.