By Canadian Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer: On World Malaria Day, renewing our commitment to maternal health and fighting malaria

By Mobina S.B. Jaffer: On World Malaria Day, renewing our commitment to maternal health and fighting malariat has long been known that the burden of malaria on the developing world is crushing. An entirely preventable disease affects 350-500 million people each year, kills upwards of one million and claims the life of an African child every 30 seconds. This is simply unacceptable.

What is even more unfortunate is that this disease preys on the most vulnerable population namely pregnant women and children.

It is estimated that 50 million women become pregnant in malaria-endemic areas annually, half of them in sub-Saharan Africa alone. The toll this disease takes on mothers and their children is not negligible as studies indicate that malaria indirectly causes at least 25,000 maternal health deaths and between 75,000 and 200,000 newborn deaths each and every year.

I am a child of Africa. I have drank water from the river Nile and I have swam in Lake Victoria. I have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of malaria.

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