Today, people across the globe are taking part in activities to mark World Malaria Day by both reflecting on the incredible progress made in combatting the disease as well as looking to the future to, as a community, defeat malaria.
To mark World Malaria Day 2013, a printed supplement is being distributed with The Independent with content from The World Health Organisation and Roll Back Malaria, the global framework for coordinated action against malaria.
Roll Back Malaria commented: "For half of the worlds population, any day of the year can be a tragic malaria day. Every minute of every day a child dies from a disease that is preventable, treatable and long gone from the developed world. A malaria day may leave a family destroyed by the loss of a child, a mother, or a breadwinner. A malaria day means loss of business for industries, loss of economic growth for countries, loss of opportunities for better education of a nations children.
"The malaria map is shrinking. Worldwide, 50 countries are on track towards a 75% reduction in malaria incidence by 2015. More than a million malaria deaths have been prevented since 2000, most of them among children under five years of age. In Africa, where malaria is still a leading cause of death among under-fives, anti-malaria interventions have uncovered a rapid route to achieving Millennium Development Goal MDG 4: reducing child mortality."
Visit the World Malaria Day wesbite for more information about the disease, and what you can do to join the fight against the disease.