Natixis celebrates 10-year commitment and progress in fighting malaria
To mark World Malaria Day, which is organized every year on April 25, Natixis has again pledged its commitment to fighting this killer disease.
Malaria kills close to 600,000 people each year and hinders development in the countries affected. Natixis has been committed to fighting malaria for 10 years and supports prevention and treatment programs in several African countries. The Bank also funds Institut Pasteur research programs on parasite resistance to anti-malarial treatments.
Support in the field
Since 2005, Natixis has supported Plan International, an NGO which conducts prevention programs in Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Togo.
In 2015, the Bank is supporting an anti-malaria campaign in Togo involving 18,000 children and 4,000 pregnant women in 52 villages.
The activities organized during the campaign include training healthcare workers and providing rapid diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medication.
Assistance for research programs
For the past 10 years, Natixis has also lent its support to Institut Pasteur research programs devoted predominantly to the study of parasite resistance to anti-malarial treatments.
In 2015, Natixis’ sponsorship enabled global endemic malaria zones in Asia, African and South America to be mapped in conjunction with international malaria research networks.
Impressive progress in the fight against malaria
The latest World Malaria Report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the number of cases of malaria has already dropped markedly. The global mortality rate due to malaria plunged by 47% between 2000 and 2013. This means that over 4.3 million lives have been spared, including those of 3.9 million children under the age of five.
Natixis-sponsored programs over the past 10 years have helped protect nearly 100,000 pregnant women and young children.