To mark World Health Day, Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for Southwark participated in Getting Malaria? This experiential event inspired, engaged and thanked supporters of all political parties for backing UK action to fight malaria. It gave Simon Hughes an opportunity to find out more about the transformational difference being made to millions of people around the world thanks to UK leadership and increased global action to save lives from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly yet preventable diseases.
Simon Hughes was one of over 30 MPs and Peers in attendance at the event, hosted by charity Malaria No More UK and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at Portcullis House in Westminster in the build up to World Malaria Day on 25th April.
Simon thanked his constituency and promoted the good news message that UK action against malaria has helped drive an outstanding global effort, now saving over 1600 lives every day from malaria.
The UK is a global leader in the malaria campaign through both its support for action on the ground and as a global pioneer of lifesaving solutions through leading research and development institutions and businesses. Strong UK support has helped drive record progress over the last decade.
Simon said: “As somebody whose brother died of malaria I cannot appeal too strongly for public support for those continuing the campaign to save lives. Please get involved with this vital campaign.”
The UK’s support has helped underpin recent global success in the malaria campaign with child death rates from malaria halved since 2000 and over three million children’s lives saved - that’s more than the population of the entire West Midlands. But malaria can bounce back hard and fast if efforts to fight it are not maintained. The UK has a vital role to play in continuing to drive forward progress against malaria, helping to sustain international political will and financial commitments to save lives and protect against the threat of malaria resurgence.
Malaria No More UK helps inspire UK public, political and private sector support for the fight against malaria. Executive Director James Whiting, says: “We were delighted to welcome Simon Hughes. His support and the backing of people across Southwark and beyond is making a tangible difference to millions of lives today. We passionately believe that no child anywhere should die from a preventable disease that costs less than a cup of tea to treat. I hope people across Southwark will be inspired to join our campaign to be the generation to end deaths from malaria”.