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Jun29

Ghana has already gathered a number of successes during this World Cup. What is missing now is the most important match: the one between the Black Stars and malaria, an illness that kills 20 thousand Ghanaian children every year. Watch the video of the national team’s anti-Malaria campaign.

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In addition to their success on the football field, the national team has been busy raising awareness about the prevention and treatment of malaria through the United Against Malaria campaign, in partnership with Voices for a Malaria Free Future and the National Malaria Control Program.

About 3.2 million cases of malaria are said to be recorded in Ghana every year whilst 20,000 children die from same annually.

The figures from other parts of Africa are even more frightening and the president of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantekyi has called on other football teams and leaders across Africa “to come along with us in making the UAM campaign a very successful one.”

The world football governing body, FIFA, has on its part declared its support for the UAM campaign. Mr. Joseph Sepp Blatter said FIFA understands the impact of malaria on world football and the “value” the game can add to education on the disease.

“FIFA offers its support within the framework of “Football for Health” to catalyze the world through football to reach the United Nations 2010 target of universal access to mosquito nets and malaria medicine in Africa, a crucial step to reaching the international target of reducing deaths to near zero by 2015.”

The UAM Campaign is a partnership of non-governmental organizations, football stars, governments, corporations, who have joined forces ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to fight malaria.

By Staff-Afronline.org

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