Beck­ham stands with malaria vic­tims

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FOOT­BALL le­gend David Beck­ham is the pub­lic face of a new global malaria cam­paign called Malaria Must Die, So Mil­lions Can Live, which is calling upon lead­ers to “unite and fight” malaria.

The cam­paign’s first fo­cus is on lead­ers at the up­com­ing Com­mon­wealth Heads of Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing (CHOGM) in Lon­don in April.

“I’ve sup­ported the malaria fight for over 15 years and it’s been ex­cit­ing to see the progress made to save lives, in­clud­ing mil­lions of young chil­dren. As the mos­quito film shows, these in­sects are an­noy­ing in places likes the UK but in many parts of the world, a mos­quito bite is ter­ri­fy­ing and deadly, lead­ing to malaria and the loss of a child’s life ev­ery two min­utes.

“This is to­tally un­ac­cept­able, es­pe­cially when we know how to pre­vent and cure it. That’s why I’m stand­ing with the mil­lions who live with this threat ev­ery day. I urge Com­mon­wealth lead­ers to be ready to take bold ac­tion when they meet in Lon­don in April and to unite to stop this dis­ease,” said Beck­ham, a found­ing mem­ber of Malaria No More UK Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

The film makes the point that, like Beck­ham, peo­ple liv­ing in malar­i­afree coun­tries are for­tu­nate to be pro­ tected from the deadly dis­ease, but half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion is still at risk. Malaria trag­i­cally claims 445 000 lives a year and over half of these deaths oc­cur in Com­mon­wealth coun­tries. Each death is need­ less as malaria is to­tally pre­ventable and costs less than a cup of tea to treat.

The film fea­tures Beck­ham in a glass box “un­der at­tack” by a swarm of mos­qui­toes.

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David Beck­ham in a scene from the film for a new malaria cam­paign called Malaria Must Die, So Mil­lions Can Live.

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