April 25, 2008 11:06 ET

CIDA: Message From the Minister on World Malaria Day, April 25

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) -

As we mark World Malaria Day, the Government of Canada recognizes that malaria is one of the most deadly diseases facing the developing world. With more that 500 million people contracting the disease each year, and over one million dying from it worldwide, our Government remains committed to the fight against malaria if we are to improve the health and well-being of those living in the world's poorest countries.

The victims of malaria are most often infants, young children and pregnant women living in sub-Saharan Africa. The health of mothers and children across the developing world is an important priority for Canada. Through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), we have been a strong supporter of mosquito-net distribution programs throughout Africa. Research has shown that insecticide-treated mosquito nets effectively reduce child deaths by approximately 20% and malaria infections by 50%. Since 2006, our government has contributed approximately $19 million to the Canadian Red Cross in its efforts to distribute these nets across Africa.

CIDA also supports malaria prevention and treatment efforts through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). Programs undertaken by the GFATM have prevented 2 million deaths by providing AIDS treatment for 1.4 million people, TB treatment for 3.3 million and the distribution of 46 million insecticide-treated bed nets.

Canada's contribution to this worldwide effort has made a real difference in combating this deadly disease. On world Malaria Day, we must continue to work toward the eradication of malaria in all countries so severely affected.

Beverley J. Oda,

Minister for International Cooperation

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office