Sherwin Charles on malaria, MDGs and public-private partnerships

by Julie Mollins | @jmollins | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 16:45 GMT
United Nations millennium development goal 6 takes aim at HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, seeking to halt and reverse their spread by 2015.

NEW YORK (AlertNet) - United Nations millennium development goal 6 takes aim at HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, seeking to halt and reverse their spread by 2015.

Malaria kills almost one million people each year and a child every 30 seconds, according to United Against Malaria, a partnership of football teams, celebrities, health and advocacy organisations, governments and corporations.

The group raises money to fight the disease, which is then channelled through the Global Fund into the U.N. Foundation's fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Malaria costs Africa -- where 91 percent of malaria deaths occur -- at least $12 billion a year in lost productivity, and 40 percent of African health expenditures are used on the disease.

Sherwin Charles of Nando's South Africa, spoke with AlertNet ahead of a side event of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals Summit about the campaign at the Harvard Club in New York.

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