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Accordia Recognizes World Malaria Day 2010

April 23, 2010, Washington, DC: This Sunday, we recognize World Malaria Day, which commemorates the millions of people who battle the disease each year, celebrates the healthcare workers who provide treatment, and reinforces the drive to end the disease altogether.

Malaria takes the lives of over a million people each year, many of whom are children under the age of five. Ninety-percent of all cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa. The crisis has grown with the HIV/AIDS epidemic: malaria accelerates the course of AIDS and HIV increases the frequency and severity of malarial attacks.

Despite these grim statistics, there is hope for defeating malaria, which is both preventable and treatable. With improved access to prevention techniques like bed nets, effective medication, and training for healthcare workers to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment, the devastation caused by malaria can be dramatically decreased.

To help arm Africans in the fight against malaria, Accordia Global Health Foundation created an innovative training program, in partnership with ExxonMobil and the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda. The training targets medical and laboratory staff and develops their skills in fever case management, including diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. By the end of the 2009, over 1100 healthcare workers had completed the cross-disciplinary, team-based malaria training. With appropriate skills and support, these dedicated healthcare workers are providing care and hope to thousands of people who are at risk of developing malaria or are already suffering from the disease.

Accordia Global Health Foundation is committed to expanding this successful training program and continuing to aid Africa in its fight against malaria.