Fight The Fakes

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Keep fake medicines from undermining progress made in malaria control!

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Today, on World Malaria Day, the Fight the Fakes campaign commends the global health community for progress made in the control and elimination of malaria with a ringing Thunderclap!

To join in our efforts to raise awareness of this issue, please support our World Malaria Day Thunderclap message:

“Huge progress has been made in combating malaria. Let’s keep fake medicines from undermining these efforts!”

You still have time to lend your voice to the campaign—the Thunderclap goes out at 2:00pm GMT !

Malaria is a disease that can be prevented, diagnosed and treated when using the right medicines. The past decade has seen an impressive mobilization of resources and political will to reduce worldwide suffering from this sickness: fifty countries are on track to reduce their malaria cases by 75% by 2015. The strides achieved so far have in large part rested on raising awareness and community-level actions to provide treatment and nets for prevention.

Let’s keep fake medicines from undermining these efforts!

Fact: 30% of the drugs used to treat malaria worldwide are fake medicines.

So what does this mean for you and me?

When pills of chalk, salt or even poisons are given in the place of lifesaving medicines, the consequences are devastating for individuals and their communities.

Fact: Every 5 minutes a child dies of malaria because of taking fake medicines.

Healthcare providers and caregivers deserve to be confident in the drugs they are providing their patients and loved ones. Malaria is a disease that can be cured, but only with genuine medicines. Help us spread the word.

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