Renowned journalist and broadcaster John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor, kindly accepted our invitation to present the Radio 4 Appeal for Malaria Consortium on the 15th August, 2010. The issue is very a personal one for him as both he and members of his family have suffered from malaria in the past. He has also witnessed the impact of the disease on people and communities during his many periods reporting for the BBC from developing countries.
You can hear John talking about why he chose to support Malaria Consortium's appeal by listening to his audioboo below.
Despite the existence of effective treatment and prevention methods, a child dies from malaria every 45 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa. A small amount of money can make a huge difference and save the lives of children most at risk.
Christmas Appeal 2010
Saving Lives in Rural Uganda
Malaria kills more people in Uganda that nearly any country in Africa.
Malaria is especially dangerous for young children and in some areas they may suffer from up to five attacks a year. Once a child has malaria, they may have just a few hours to get the treatment they need.
In Kibaale, one of the most isolated districts along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, health centres can be few and far between. It can be extremely difficult for families to transport a sick child to a facility before it is too late.
Malaria Consortium is working to solve this problem by training volunteer health workers to recognise malaria and other childhood diseases and treat them in the community. The health worker training programme has already made a huge difference to many communities and more children are now getting treatment in good time and winning the battle against malaria.