The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Tuesday announced a new partnership with the London-based charitable foundation, World Swim for Malaria (WSM), to provide life-saving long-lasting insecticide nets (LLIN) to families in 17 communities in nine East and Southern Africa countries.
The target beneficiary communities are in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
The information posted on the IFRC website quoted Jean Roy, Senior Health Officer at the Federation, as having said that 3,000 children die of malaria each day, which the officer equated with "seven jumbo jets full of children crashing every day".
Roy says, "Hence, rapid distribution of nets is critical to achieving mortality reductions in the targeted communities."
IFRC said, this new collaboration efficiently combined resources to achive results at subtantial savings. WSM is to provide mosquito nets, the IFRC to support shipping costs, and the Red Cross Societies are to integrate the distribution in their established home-based care programmes for HIV/AIDS clients and families at no additional cost.
In the WSM programme, it said, a quarter of a million people in more than 150 countries swam, splashed, had fun, and raised funds in what was the world's largest ever participatory swim, according to the web-based information.
It said a second WSM will take place in April 2008 with a target of a million people swimming on one day.
"This first collaborative distribution aims at distributing 28,000 bednets to protect 100,000 children and pregnant women," it indicated.