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BENEFITING: MALARIA NO MORE

Alex Voskidis

THE STORY:

The MFI is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, dedicated to the fight against malaria since 1992. This website was created in 1995 to provide a central source of information about this devastating disease. The MFI works in partnership with many individuals and groups who have since joined this cause. The MFI’s goals are to support awareness, education, training, research, and leadership programs for the immediate and long term development and application of tools to combat malaria. Children are most vulnerable to malaria. This disease also severely affects pregnant women and non immune individuals. There are hundreds of millions cases of malaria annually in over 90 countries, which result in several million deaths each year.

The incidence and severity of malaria was on the rise worldwide, with up to 500 million annual cases, and the availability and application of effective solutions was not immediately forthcoming. Resistance to available drugs was spreading rapidly, making them unreliable in many parts of the world, and a malaria vaccine was years away from being produced, tested, and deployed. Furthermore, social programs to curb the spread of malaria through education and community control activities were limited, and in many places were non-existent. Meanwhile, funding for malaria research and control was not only extremely limited, especially compared to the scope of the problem, but was decreasing, and no other organization existed that was dedicated specifically to addressing problems caused by this disease.

*The situation remains as serious today. However, the world is beginning to pay serious attention to this problem. numerous global initiatives have sprung up in the past few years, and the outlook for progress is much more promising as a result.

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