30 Parliamentarians unite on World Health Day to back UK action helping save 1600 lives every day from malaria
To mark World Health Day on Monday 7 April, 30 MP’s and Peers, got involved in Getting Malaria? an experiential event, which inspired, engaged and thanked supporters of all political parties for backing UK action to fight malaria.
The event was organised by charity Malaria No More UK and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at Portcullis House in Westminster in the build up to World Malaria Day on 25th April. It offered a unique opportunity to find out more about the transformational difference being made to millions of people around the world thanks to UK leadership and increased global action to save lives from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly yet preventable diseases.
The event was hosted by Jeremy Lefroy, Conservative MP for Stafford and Chair of the All Parliamentary Group for Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Jeremy said: “I’m delighted to see so many MPs coming to learn about malaria this World Health Day. I understand first hand how debilitating this disease can be, having had malaria myself five times. But, I was lucky to be able to get the right treatment, quickly. Many are not, despite costing less than £1 to treat, malaria claims the life of a child every minute. However recent progress shows what can be achieved in tackling the disease and the UK is a key part of that progress. I hope the people of Stafford will be proud and inspired to know that the UK’s leadership is not only saving lives, it is also releasing parents to go to work and children to fulfil their potential at school.”
The Right Hon. Alan Duncan, Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton, and Minister of State for International Development, said: “Malaria is one of the biggest killers of children in Africa, every death is needless. UK Aid is helping save and protect children across the continent. I hope people across Rutland & Melton will be heartened to know more about the difference we are making together”.
The Right Hon. Stephen O’Brien, Conservative MP for Eddisbury and Malaria No More UK Patron reflected: “It is an ongoing tragedy that a child dies every minute from this preventable, curable disease – we have a real opportunity to change this. I have seen the impact of UK aid in action, saving lives and and it’s inspiring to know that deaths from malaria in Africa have now been cut by 49% since 2000. We must build on this good evidence of success. I passionately believe that this is the global public health prize for our generation, an opportunity to be seized!”
Fiona O’Donnell, Labour Party MP for East Lothian is a member of the International Development Committee and Patron of Malaria No More UK, Fiona added: “As a mother of four, I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child to a curable disease that costs less than £1 to treat. I hope people across East Lothian will join me in backing UK leadership in the fight against malaria, helping save 1,600 lives every day and sparing millions of parents the unimaginable tragedy of losing their child”.
The Right Hon. Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark added: “As somebody whose brother died of malaria I cannot appeal too strongly for public support for those continuing the campaign to save lives.”
The Right Hon. Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, who spent the first few years of her life in Nigeria reflected: “I’ve been acutely aware of malaria’s global scale and terrible impact as I was born in Nigeria, a country where over 500 children die every day from malaria and along with the DRC, Nigeria accounts for 40% of all deaths. I’m hugely encouraged to know that UK Aid is being directed to Nigeria and hope that people across Newcastle will join me in giving their support for the lives that are being saved and protected”.